- To pick out key ideas and phrases in a longer piece of spoken French
Pupils should be taught to:
- Understand spoken language from a variety of authentic sources
- Explore patterns and sounds of language
- Understand the main points from speech which includes unfamiliar languages (O5.3)
- Use a word bank (LLS)
Before the lesson
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Teacher knowledge - language points
During the week
What’s in a day?
Tell the class that all of the days of the week in French, except one, were named after bodies in the solar system. Can they work out which day is which, and which is the odd one out?
Lundi: la lune (Moon) (Monday)
Dimanche: – is the odd one out.
Unlike Germanic languages such as English, which name Sunday for the sun, ‘Dimanche’ comes from the Latin, ‘dies Dominica’ or ‘day of the Lord’, which is also used in many other European languages.
You could challenge the children to find out why the English days of the week are so-named:
Monday – the Moon day
Tuesday – Tyr’s day – Tyr was the Norse god of war and justice
Wednesday – Woden’s day – Woden was the Norse god of
Thursday – Thor’s day – Thor was the Norse god of thunder
Friday – Frigg’s or Fria’s day – Frigg or Fria was the Norse goddess of love and the heavens
Saturday – Saturn’s day
Sunday – the Sun god’s day