French Listening Comprehension Activity - Babar: La Rentrée des Classes
This is a level A2 - B1 French listening comprehension exercise to accompany the episode «Babar: La Rentrée des Classes». Babar the Elephant is a fictional character who first appeared in 1931 in the French children's book Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff. The book is based on a tale that Brunhoff's wife, Cécile, had invented for their children. It tells of a young elephant, named Babar, whose mother is killed by a hunter. This listening comprehension exercise will also be a lesson in French culture. Everyone grew up with Babar!
There are 45 chronological multiple choice listening comprehension questions for you to work through while watching this Babar episode, which lasts 23 minutes. I encourage you to print out the PDF with the questions, and to read over them before beginning this exercise. An answer key is included.
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