Practice French verbs and pronouns using the circling method
Circling is the instructional practice of asking a series of prescribed questions in the target language about a statement in the target language. Circling is used to provide students with contextualized repetitions of target structures. Research shows that language learners need between 70-150 repetitions of a structure in order to acquire it into their permanent vocabulary. If you haven’t learned irregular verbs and pronouns yet, try out a circling activity at the A1 level.
🎥 Scroll down to watch my video tutorial using this method at the A2 level 🎥
Here’s how it works:
- I speak a sentence 👉 Je ne veux pas t’acheter de nouveaux jouets.
- I have you restate the sentence using a different subject pronoun 👉 Nous (for example)
- You then restate the sentence making necessary changes 👉 Nous ne voulons pas t’en acheter.
This lesson focuses on regular and irregular French verbs, the pronouns LE – LA – LES – LUI – LEUR – Y – EN, possessive adjectives, and other less frequently used words that you will acquire through meaningful repetition. Sentences are spoken in the present, passé composé, and futur proche tenses both with and without negation and pronouns.
- Full length downloadable video circling activity – 55 minutes
- Full length downloadable audio circling activity – 55 minutes
- Practice cards for online use to work on reading and writing – 360 cards
Step 1: Watch the video lesson / activity to learn about the circling method. You will quickly catch on, and will truly need to concentrate so that you can make the necessary changes in your sentences. Does this ever happen to you when speaking French with someone? You can understand what’s being said, but you can’t think fast enough to make the necessary changes when responding? That’s exactly why you should try out circling!
Step 2: Once you’ve watched the video and have done the exercise while reading along, try out the audio only version! This will be a challenge as you will not be able to see the words, and it will help with listening and speaking skills.
Step 3: Use the set of cards to practice reading and writing. Read the card that I would have spoken to you in steps 1 and 2, and take the time to write your response before looking at the answer card. As the cards are not numbered, I encourage you to download them and use them online rather than printing.