The personal descriptions of characters in this French learning resource can either be used as speaking or writing prompts. This resource also includes a listening comprehension component. One of my students said, “It’s nice to have all of this background information about the character. It feels like we can gossip about him…” Doing this activity was a lot of fun, and people were “relaxed, learning, having fun and wanting more!”
Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with good ideas for creative story-telling or imaginative writing. Very often, we’re so focused on producing correct grammar that we forget how much fun it can be telling stories! If you’ve been looking for prompts to get the ball rolling, I know you’ll have fun with this. Scroll down to read KEVIN’S background information, and then listen to a story about him.
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RENCONTREZ D’AUTRES PERSONNAGES:
French Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Activity: RENCONTREZ KEVIN!
The personal description of the personnage in this activity can either be used as a speaking or writing prompt. Reading and listening comprehension included.
Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with good ideas for creative story-telling or imaginative writing. Very often, we’re so focused on producing correct grammar that we forget how much fun it can be to tell stories! If you’ve been looking for creative prompts to get the ball rolling, I know you’ll have fun with this resource. It includes a story for you to listen to and read along, then you can complete a listening comprehension activity.
Here’s what you need to know about KEVIN:
- est un homme de 38 ans
- vit en concubinage
- ne veut pas d’enfant
- vient de perdre son emploi
- sa copine est une “youtubeuse” célèbre
- ne se déplace qu’à vélo
- Detailed background information about KEVIN
- Si clause writing activity – 1st conditional – Futur simple + present tense
- Story about Kevin based on his background information – Approximately 500 words
- MP4 audio recording – Listen to the story read aloud
- Listening comprehension cloze activity
USE THIS RESOURCE FOR CREATIVE WRITING OR STORY-TELLING, AND TO IMPROVE READING AND LISTENING SKILLS:
STEP 1: Read the personal details about KEVIN, an interesting personnage.
STEP 2: Once you know KEVIN’S background, complete the si clause prompts provided. They all begin in the futur simple, and you should finish them in the present tense. This step will help you build up to writing a story!
STEP 3: Listen to a story about KEVIN. Don’t read the text yet. Just listen, and see how much you can understand.
STEP 4: Complete the cloze activity to test your listening comprehension before you read the actual text. Fill in 20 blanks with words you hear in the MP4 recording. A word bank is provided.
STEP 5: Check your work as you read the full text for the first time. Take some time to read the English translation provided to compare sentence structure. Be sure to note new vocabulary words and expressions.
STEP 6: It’s time to try your hand at creative writing in French! The story you listened to will give you an idea of what kind of story you can write, but be sure to use your imagination! The background information and the si clauses you wrote will give you something to work with. The more you read and write in French, the better your understanding of sentence structure will be. You’ll also be amazed at how much vocabulary you will learn! Use as many verb tenses, pronouns, and other grammatical structures as possible in your story.
HOW CAN YOU WRITE A STORY WITH A FRIEND?
If you’re writing, you can even do this exercise via email or messaging. You send a line, and your friend writes back with the next one. It will be so much fun to see what kind of crazy stories you come up with. The possibilities are endless.
HOW CAN YOU TELL A STORY WITH A FRIEND?
If you want to use this resource as a speaking activity, just take turns telling the next line of the story. You will laugh as you see how quickly the storyline can turn.