The Perfect Tense with Avoir

Bonjour tout le monde!

Bonjour Year 9! We hope you’re having a lovely week. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at verbs and tenses, and we’re going to continue with that over the next two weeks by revising one of the past tenses. Today we’re going to look at the perfect tense with avoir. Next week, we’ll expand it to look at the perfect tense with the verbs that use être.

The perfect tense is used to describe something that happened in the past and is completely finished. e.g. I played tennis or I ate a pizza.

Watch this video to recap this tense. You’ll want a piece of paper and a pen to complete the activities as we go, or you can use the worksheet below the video.

La blague du jour! (Joke of the Day!)

Have you heard about the explosion in the French cheese factory? There was du brie everywhere!

Le télé-travail = working from home
En audio = audio/voice calls
En vidéo = video/ video calls


Pronouncing the French alphabet is really important even at GCSE, from spelling your name when you first meet someone to booking a hotel room. In this video, you can hear how each letter is pronounced in French and an example of a word for each letter. Could you create a list of 26 words in French, one for each letter of the alphabet? Perhaps you could choose a theme such as celebrations or home/town/region? Use to help you.

La télé

One of the best ways to improve your listening and pronunciation in French (besides to talk to French people directly) is to watch some French TV or film. That’s right, we’re strongly recommending that you watch TV to improve your French! There are lots of ways to do this either with French shows or by putting the films and shows you love into French with subtitles. Netflix, Prime and Disney+ have a range of shows you can watch in French, but if you don’t have these subscriptions, you can also use YouTube or go direct to some French TV channel sites such as TF1, Canal Plus and M6. Here are some recommendations for you and your family from Netflix and Prime (please make sure that your choices are age appropriate!):

Source: Rebecca Jankowski at Wyedean School

La Culture française

What do you know about French geography?

Do you know of any parts of France that aren’t actually in France?

Mainland France is often called l’Hexagone, because it is roughly the shape of a hexagon. But there are other French territories around the world. They have the same laws, representation in the French National Assembly and Senate (government), the same President and use Euros. These territories are called France d’Outre Mer.

This video shows you a map and some of the territories of d’Outre Mer. Can you identify the five départements (territories/counties) identified? Where are they in the world?

Key words:
une carte = a map
la France d’Outre-mer = overseas France
l’Hexagone = hexagone/ the nickname for mainland France
une région chaude = a hot region
une région froide = a cold region
un département = a French county or territory. We often don’t translate this word and use département in English too.

What can you find out about each of these territories?

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