Je n’ai jamais…

Je n’ai jamais…

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French speaking activity and game

Number of students: Best for groups of 3 – 5

Objectives: Practice the passé composé with avoir and être; improve communication skills by recounting an event

Time: 15-20 minutes

French speaking game for beginners and advanced students alike, a fun NO PREP activity. All students can practice speaking and forming the passé composé with verbs that use both être and avoir as helping verbs, including reflexive verbs. The way the cards are organized even beginners can use them and have a great time playing this fun speaking game. Students practice saying “je n’ai jamais” or “j’ai déjà” followed by something they may or may not have done. There is a stack of cards with French and English and another stack with only French.

Use this game in class with small groups or at a French club event. you can cut out the cards and include the “how to play” card so that if you have a very large group they can read the instructions without you having to explain the game. Just print out the cards, laminate if possible, punch holes in the upper corner and attach with a keychain. A fun no prep activity for years to come!

Included with this resource:

75 game cards in French only – Black and white & color versions
75 game cards in French and English – Black and white & color versions
How to play

Here’s how the game works:

Begin your sentence with “Je n’ai jamais” if you have never done what is written on the card. Begin with “J’ai déjà” if you have.

Other players can react in a variety of ways:
Moi aussi
Moi non plus
Moi, si

If you say that you have done something (and you’re not a beginner) you have to tell the story about when you did what is on the card in French.

Would you like to take a test to know what your current level is in French?

Exemple #1

Étudiant(e) 1 Je n’ai jamais lu Tintin.
Étudiant(e) 2 Moi non plus.
Étudiant(e) 3 Moi non plus.
Étudiant(e) 4 Moi, si.  Je les ai tous lus quand j’étais petit(e).
Étudiant(e) 1 Tu les a lus en anglais ou en français?
Étudiant(e) 4 Je les ai lus en français.
Étudiant(e) 2 Ton papa est Français, c’est ça?
Étudiant(e) 4 Oui, et ma mère aussi.
Étudiant(e) 3 Tu préfères le français ou l’anglais?
Étudiant(e) 4 Ça m’est égal, mais je préfère lire Tintin en français.  C’est normal. 

Exemple #2

Étudiant(e) 1 Je ne suis jamais allé(e) en Chine.
Étudiant(e) 2 Moi non plus.
Étudiant(e) 3 Moi non plus.
Étudiant(e) 4 Moi, si.  J’y suis allé(e) une fois.
Étudiant(e) 1 Avec qui y es-tu allé(e)?
Étudiant(e) 4 J’y suis allé(e) avec ma famille.
Étudiant(e) 2 Quel âge avais-tu?
Étudiant(e) 4 J’avais 13 ans.
Étudiant(e) 3 Vous y avez passé combien de temps?
Étudiant(e) 4 Je crois que nous y avons passé 3 semaines

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