24 May 2022 Newsletter
Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French/Voici l’actualité sur Planet French:
All Tracks: New episode, on prend le thé avec la reine!
It’s the queen’s jubilee, so we have high tea with Queen Elizabeth. We learn about tea, what to eat with it, how to prepare it and the proper way to drink it.
Students pick up explicit vocabulary laid out in the video, and there’s even a quiz under the video.
C’est le jubilé de la reine Elizabeth. Elle est la reine de l’Angleterre et du Commonwealth depuis 70 ans.
Une chose qui est sacrée chez les Anglais, c’est le thé. Alors Planet French décide de prendre le thé avec la reine Elizabeth. To watch the episode, click here: https://planetfrench.com/courses/nouvelles-actualite-cette-semaine/lessons/on-prend-le-the-avec-la-reine/
All Tracks: It’s the provincial elections in Ontario. Learn essentials of elections and the 3 levels of government in Canada in 2 minutes!
This video in levelled French teaches students about the 3 levels of government in Canada and shows them how elections work. All that in just 2 minutes!
Click here to watch: https://planetfrench.com/courses/nouvelles-actualite-cette-semaine/lessons/les-elections-en-2-minutes/
All Tracks: There’s still a new house shortage in Manitoba, Ontario and across Canada. Who designs…
In this video in levelled French, we learn what architects do, how to make a layout of a building (starting with your school), what are the main buildings in a community and if Guy will survive his cousin’s challenge.
It’s a fun video that comes with activities and a quizz.
To find out more, watch the video here: https://planetfrench.com/lessons/255-episode-255-maisons-au-manitoba-maisons-batiments/
All Tracks: Episode 276-Batteries nucléaires-Activités d’été: LA PLONGÉE SOUS-MARINE
Summer’s on the way. We’re releasing a series of new videos on summer sports and activities in levelled French. In this episode, we meet an expert deep sea diver. Plus: Gasoline is stratospherically expensive right now. One solution is to use battery-powered vehicles.
But batteries have problems. A novel solution is nuclear-diamond batteries. To find out more, watch the video here: https://planetfrench.com/courses/nouvelles-actualite-cette-semaine/lessons/276-batteries-nucleaires-activites-dete-la-plongee-sous-marine/
253-Les Canadiens Et Le Plus Gros Télescope De L’espace-Ontario: Efe Fait Des Produits Naturels-Manitoba: Justin Champion Métis
This episode in levelled French features Efe, a teenager who launched a new line a beauty products, and Justin, a Métis champion. To find out more, watch the video here: https://planetfrench.com/courses/nouvelles-actualite-cette-semaine/lessons/253-les-canadiens-et-le-plus-gros-telescope-de-lespace-ontario-efe-fait-des-produits-naturels-manitoba-justin-champion-metis-nouvelle-ecosse-terre-neuve-inondations/
Intermediate/advanced tracks (gr.7-9 FSL/gr 5+ immersion): LES CROISSANTS FRANÇAIS
We meet 2 fun-loving French bakers and learn to make croissants. They moved to Canada a few years ago, so we explore the differences between France and Canada.
Here is the link to this video: https://planetfrench.com/courses/la-france/lessons/10-france-les-repas-cest-simple-ou-le-petit-dejeuner-copy-2/
This is one of the many videos part of the course:
BIENVENUE EN FRANCE
All about France, the places, the people, the food, the history and what it’s like to go to France today, in levelled French !
The unit includes: over 20 videos, Digital version of the book so you can project on the whiteboard (plus it’s narrated) !
You can watch a summary of the unit here: https://planetfrench.com/courses/la-france/lessons/bienvenue-en-france-extraits/
Subscribers have access to the full unit, including all the videos and eBook+narrated ebook.
All Tracks: New unit “Visite chez les insectes-2e partie”
Students are fascinated by insects. They’re a great topic for French. Today, we continue the unit on insects with “VISITE CHEZ LES INSECTES, 2e partie”.
In this section, we start to learn about insect eyesight. Watch PART 1 first, before watching part 2.
The unit is part of the complete course, “Le monde des animaux”. Here is the link to https://planetfrench.com/courses/les-animaux-cours/lessons/les-insectes-2e-partie/
Pourquoi le canot est important pour les premiers explorateurs? Why are canoes important to Canadian explorers?
This video in easy French is part of both the Franco-Ontariens course and of the course on First Nations, Les peuples autochtones du Canada. If you are doing either of these courses on Planet French, you’ll be interested in why explorers chose canoes. Here’s the link: https://planetfrench.com/courses/les-franco-ontariens/lessons/pourquoi-le-canot-est-important-dans-lexploration/
If you’re in Eastern Canada, you’ll be interested in the follow up video: La carte et les explorateurs. If you’re in Western Canada, you’ll be interested in the section “Les explorateurs espagnols”, from the course les peuples autochtones du Canada. Link to the course: https://planetfrench.com/courses/les-peuples-autochtones-et-les-explorateurs-europeens/
Comment on construit un canot?
Students learn about building a canoe, in easy French with this video: https://planetfrench.com/courses/les-franco-ontariens/lessons/comment-on-construit-un-canot/
This video is part of the Les Franco-Ontariens and of the Les peuples autochtones du Canada units.
-We have tea with the Queen! Whether you’re a fan or not, Her jubilee is coming on June 2nd and we went to have High Tea at the Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal with Her Majesty (sort of…you’ll see). Do you want to know what it tastes like? Is it the same tea we make at home? Find out, soon, in the upcoming episode “Le thé avec la reine”.
-We explain the Canadian electoral system & government levels in 2 minutes
-New summer sports and activities videos
-Music and French culture
-For older students: how to plan which Jobs and volunteer work will help your future the most
-More absolute beginner units
-New course on the environment
-New course on programming
-And much more!
All Tracks: New unit “Visite chez les insectes-1ère partie”
It’s spring so there’s sunshine, flowers and…bugs!
Students are fascinated by insects. They’re a great topic for French. Today, we continue the unit on insects with “VISITE CHEZ LES INSECTES, 1ere partie”.
Yes, yes we know. We too didn’t love insects, but through the course of this unit we changed and today we think they’re pretty cool.
The unit is part of the complete course, “Le monde des animaux”. Here is the link to “Les insectes-part 1”: https://planetfrench.com/courses/les-animaux-cours/lessons/visite-chez-les-insectes-1ere-partie/
Dix conseils de mode
10 fashion tips from our young expert.
Your students learn about fashion while learning French!
This video is part of the complete course LES VÊTEMENTS-Always relevant.
Contains videos and texts for all grades. Access it here: https://planetfrench.com/courses/les-vetements-et-la-mode/
All Tracks: LES NOUVELLES: Episode #273-Lotterie-Maritimes: tondeuses-insectes
A pizza delivery man’s friends aren’t sharing a piece of their $1M lottery win and the “No mowe May” movement hits Canada’s maritime provinces.
What are insects good for? We go visit an expert and 3000+ special insects. This is a sneak preview of the fascinating new upcoming unit on insects. Students love it!
It’s also part of the “Le monde des animaux” complete French course. Here the link to this episode: https://planetfrench.com/courses/les-animaux-cours/lessons/273-lotterie-maritimes-tondeuses-insectes/
Beginner track: LE PRINTEMPS-Partie 1-Niveau Facile-Vocabulaire De Base
C’est le printemps. Here is part 1 of the basic vocabulary unit on spring. It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s spring!
Here is the link to the video: https://planetfrench.com/courses/nouvelles-actualite-cette-semaine/lessons/le-printemps-partie-1-niveau-facile-vocabulaire-de-base/
All tracks: 266-LE PRINTEMPS!/Drones En Alberta/Nouvelle Araignée En Ontario Et Dans Les Provinces Maritimes
-Spring and the seasons.
-New drones are being used in Alberta to spray crops.
-There’s a new huge spider invading Ontario and the Maritimes: The Joro! Here’s what you need to know.
– …all in easy French 🙂
Here is the link to the video: https://planetfrench.com/courses/nouvelles-actualite-cette-semaine/lessons/266-le-printemps-drones-en-alberta-nouvelle-araignee-en-ontario-et-dans-les-provinces-maritimes/
L’ÉRABLIÈRE (sugar shack)!
The video “La sucrerie de la montagne, part 2” is a great summary of the traditional foods served at the sugar shack, presented by a giant smiling lumber jack, in easy French.
Here is the link to the video: https://planetfrench.com/courses/bienvenue-a-lerabliere-course/lessons/erabliere-sucrerie-de-la-montagne-partie-2/
The video “Les délices de l’érable” shows us the delicious “tire d’érable”, shows us 200 products made from maple sugar, and teaches us about the history and science behind this deeply Canadian product.
While there are many sources of information about sugar shacks, no other resource brings it all together like the Bienvenue à l’érablière package does.
This fun unit is available on Planet French in digital format with videos, activities and an eBook that features texts at 3 levels, beginner to advanced.
There is a comprehensive teacher’s guide available to you at the beginning of the unit. The guide has 10 activities leading up to an end-of-unit summative task.
We recommend you do 2 units per week or more, which takes you to the middle of April. There’s plenty to do with this unit and your students will really enjoy it.
Here is a link to the demo video for this unit: https://vimeo.com/259029137
Here is the link to get to the unit itself: https://planetfrench.com/courses/bienvenue-a-lerabliere-course/
There are also printed books to go along, if you are interested in augmenting the online experience, which you can purchase here: https://rr112.infusionsoft.app/app/storeFront/showCategoryPage?categoryId=27 Since you won’t need the DVDs the prices are a little cheaper than advertised.
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