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Have you seen our apps for Luc et Sophie?

Our new series for teaching French to primary children (7-11 years old) comes with apps which work on computers, interactive whiteboards and on most tablets. We have deliberately written software which is generic, which should work on every type of computer regardless of age and model. You don’t need to be a computer expert or a French expert to use the software!

Learn French with Luc et Sophie is a story-based approach to teaching French. There are 14 specially written French stories in each part. Each story is available as an illustrated book, and as an app (interactive pdf with audio), and as an audio track on a cd. If you’re not confident at speaking French, you can use the pre-recorded audio in the app, or on the audio cd. The audio tracks are acted out by native French speakers.

There are also songs, listening exercises, vocabulary lists, interactive sentence building activities for use on smartboards and laptops, reading passages and games. All of this is explained in much more detail in the comprehensive teacher’s book which accompanies each part. The stories are available on their own, or bundled with the apps and Teacher’s Book.

Why not TRY before you BUY? Download SAMPLE PAGES from our website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk


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What are the two most important factors that determine the success of French lessons at KS2?

For many years the answer to the question above came down to one factor: “the availability of a specialist teacher”. However, in recent years matters have changed.

This is, of course, mainly because so many primary schools don’t have a specialist language teacher. As a result publishers have put a lot of energy into the second important factor: creating materials that are specifically designed for use by the teacher who is not a language specialist.

Following this work, KS2 courses in French are now available which include stories, songs, games, and activities along with lesson plans giving creative teaching ideas that can be used by specialist and non-specialist teachers alike.

The teaching of French via stories has itself created something of a revolution in the way French can be taught by non-specialist teachers. Because stories introduce children to language structures in a natural and fun way, pupils quickly develop the ability to communicate and use the language with confidence themselves.

This is very much the basis of our particularly successful “Learn French with Luc et Sophie” scheme. Throughout this story-based scheme there is a combination of appropriate level storybooks for the children to read with clearly laid out, easy-to-use, creative teaching ideas aimed specifically at the non-specialist teacher. This complete approach takes the stress out of preparation and planning.

Each of the 14 units in “Learn French with Luc et Sophie” is based around a story featuring a young brother (Luc) and sister (Sophie) and their friends and family. The stories are topic-based and introduce key vocabulary and language structures relating to the topic. Each unit also contains an original song to reinforce vocabulary.

One problem teachers encounter when trying to share a story with a class is how to make sure everyone can see the pages and follow along. To ensure this isn’t a problem, we’ve created audio enhanced e-book versions of all the stories for use on a whiteboard. What makes these e-books particularly beneficial for non-specialist teachers is that with the click of a mouse you can hear them acted out by native French speakers so children will hear correct pronunciation.

Pupils will love the humorous twists at the end of the stories and will naturally pick up the rhythm and intonation of the language. Indeed, their confidence and self-esteem will grow when they realise they can read and understand these French stories.

Also, to help embed vocabulary and grammar language structures there are sentence-building activities for use on an interactive whiteboard.

In short, what happens is that the children will not only learn French through the evolution of the stories provided but also through the multiple ideas for teaching. This will make it easier to recall what they have learned and to use it to create sentences of their own.

There are full details about the scheme on our website along with links to our article on the seven reasons why using stories as a way of teaching French is particularly beneficial.

I do hope you will find this interesting.

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A comprehensive French resource with cross-curricular links


Petites Étoiles – 2nd edition 

Introduce French to Young Children through Rhymes, Songs and Activities

★      Introduce young children to French language learning

★      Easy integration into your lesson planning

★      Accessible for specialist and non-specialist teachers alike

★      Comprehensive resource with cross-curricular links

★      Improves pronunciation and develops intercultural understanding

Other reasons for using Petites Étoiles:

  Suitable for children in Reception and Key Stage One

  Based on 18 popular topics, such as toys, food,animals and celebrations

  Each unit focuses on a rhyme or song and contains sufficient activities for at least half a term

  Provides lesson plans and practical, play-oriented activities, ranging from role-play and miming to phonics games and mask making

  Accompanying discs contain audio recordings of the songs, video clips to aid pronunciation of key sounds, as well as a huge bank of reproducible resources, IWB games and much more.

✓  Extension activities for older or more able children

For more information or to order Petites Etoiles for just £37.99, visit https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/petites-toiles-2nd-edition-794

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What is one of the best ways to give children the confidence to speak French?

Singing songs is a fun way of helping children to develop an enthusiasm for French. The 20 songs in ‘J’aime Beaucoup Chanter en Français!’ are set to familiar tunes, so you and the children can concentrate on the words without having to learn new tunes. You will all soon be confidently singing in French!

The songs introduce and reinforce vocabulary for many frequently taught topics. Sing about different modes of transport to, appropriately enough, the tune of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ or explore the contents of a pencil case to the tune of ‘Frère Jacques’.

The songs are ideal for use with children through all stages of their primary education but especially Key Stage 2.

The CD-Rom contains recordings of all the songs, sung by native French speakers, as well as music tracks to enable ‘karaoke’ performances and colour versions of the flashcards from the book.

The accompanying book contains words to all the songs, together with English translations, as well as teaching ideas and attractive photocopiable flashcards to help children understand the content of the songs.

Visit our website for more information and sample material on  J’aime Beaucoup Chanter en Français!

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Get your pupils writing French phrases!

The KS2 Programme of Study for foreign languages provides a skeleton outline of what needs to be taught at KS2. This is great if you are a language specialist Continue reading

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Getting to Grips with French Grammar in Primary Schools

The Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for Languages states that primary school pupils should be taught to ‘understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied.’

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Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2

But it doesn’t give much specifics in terms of what grammar should be taught, to what level, and, crucially, how to ensure progression across all four years of Key Stage 2.

This is why Lara Townsend and Tracy Davies have written Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2.

Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2 breaks the French language into the key elements of gender, verbs and sentence buiding and forming questions, and provides a model of progression for each one.

Detailed assessment activities demonstrate how grammar can be assessed within a variety of contexts, alongside other aspects for the Language Programme of Study.

For more information and to see sample pages, visit our website. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at orders@tradecounter.co.uk.

You can order Getting to Grips with French Grammar on our website either in PDF for £10.99 or as a hardcopy book for £15.99. There is also the option to buy both the hardcopy and PDF together at a discounted price of £19.29.


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Free Giveaway – French Play

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Fun French Fairy Tale Plays

Which sport do you think Snow White was good at?

‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’ is one of 10 humorous French plays written for primary school and lower secondary school children to help them improve their French. For this week only, we are giving you a free giveaway ebook of ‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’ (Snow White and the Sporty Dwarves). Why not try it with your children? We would like to hear their views of it.

Just in case you are wondering, the answer is that Snow White likes …………….. golf. If you want to know why, download the free giveaway!

These 10 short plays, specially written for teaching French in primary schools, are adaptations of well-known stories using characters which are already known to your children. Each story is given a humorous twist to capture the imagination of your children. For example, Rapunzel lives at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Your children will enjoy the challenge of learning a French play and will gain confidence performing it to an audience of adults and/or fellow pupils. Children will probably need several weeks to rehearse and prepare for the performances which usually last 5–10 minutes.

The stage directions are detailed as some of the story and humour is conveyed through the characters’ actions. Most of the lines are short simple phrases that pupils are likely to know already or are easy to learn.

Each play has a specific language focus, making it easy to link the plays to topics the pupils are studying. For example Cendrillon gives children practice at expressing opinions and uses language useful for home activities. It uses simple phrases in the present tense. Another play, la Petite Poule Rousse, uses simple phrases containing verbs with ‘je’. It allows children to practise language useful for mealtimes.

The book contains 10 reproducible scripts, English translations and suggestions for performing the plays. The CD-Rom included with the book contains audio files of native French speakers performing the plays as well as a pdf version of the book which can be used on interactive white boards. There are sample pages on our website.

Download our free giveaway play – ‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’
Find out more about this book on our website.

You can order the ‘Fun French Fairy Tale Plays’ in any of these ways:
• On our website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
• By phone on 01449 766629
• By fax on 01449 768047
• By email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk


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