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Level A1 - Regular French ER Verbs + Negation

Regular verbs with 5 types of negation in the present and passé composé

Level A1: Regular ER Verbs in the Present Tense and Passé Composé + 5 Ways to Use Negation

Regular verbs ending in ER represent the largest group of verbs in French. In this lesson we will focus on 15 of them, and you will learn how to use them both in the present tense and in the passé composé. You'll learn how to use simple negation as well as how to say never, nothing, anymore, and not yet. This is a very comprehensive lesson in which I give lots of examples, and the way I teach it will make you feel as if we're sitting together in a 1:1 session!

Included in this lesson:

➯ STEP 1 - «COURS»: Download your cours before watching the video and be ready to take notes. This is an 8 page skeleton outline of the lesson that you can print and use to follow along as I teach. There is space for you to write examples. This is an important part of the learning process as you will retain more if you actively participate rather than simply listening.

STEP 2 - Lesson guide: I'm including a study guide so that you will have a neat 6 page copy of the lesson to add to your LLL French grammar resources.

➯ STEP 3 - Jennifer's live lesson notes: As I teach this lesson, you will see that I write examples, notes, tips, and other helpful grammar information directly on the screen. This is a 9 page copy of my personal notes written while recording.

➯ STEP 4 - Video tutorial: 45 minute lesson in which I teach you everything outlined on your 8 page cours.

➯ STEP 5 - Written exercise:25 sentences to write either in the present tense or passé composé. All of them include one of the types of negation you will learn during the lesson. An answer key is included.

Modèle: Présent - Je - ne pas - souvent - parler - téléphone.

en français: Je ne parle pas souvent au téléphone.

en anglais: I don’t often speak on the phone.

➯ STEP 6 - Audio: 15 sentences using -ER verbs are included in this dictation exercise that will help you with listening comprehension and written production. All of the verbs from the lesson are used either in the present tense or passé composé, and half of the sentences use negation. I will read each sentence twice, giving you time to write what I say. An answer key is included.

➯ STEP 7 - Practice cards: Use your set of 100 practice cards to drill everything you learn during this lesson. Every verb from the lesson is included and repeated in different ways in this very useful set of cards. I'm including three versions:

  • One set is for online use and does not include answers - 100 cards, 1 per page
  • One set is for online use and includes answers on every other card - 200 cards, 1 per page
  • One set is for printing and cutting out, answers not included (see the answers on SET 2) - 100 cards, 4 per page

This lesson is included in my FRENCH PROGRAM FOR SELF-LEARNERS.


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Jennifer Crespin
Jennifer Crespin

Jennifer is originally from Louisiana, and has been teaching French for over 20 years. She has been living in France with her husband and children since 2013, and continues to teach French both online and locally. She completed a BA in French and English, and taught French and moved to France for a year before completing an MA degree in French literature and language. While living in the US, she taught French for 15 years at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men.


Course Curriculum


  Regular -ER verbs + negation lesson
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