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French verb practice:

French verb practice for children with video clips to put knowledge into practice and use verbs in context:
The verb Avoir, Negatives, likes/dislikes, the future using Aller + infinitive, reflexive verbs, contrast between imperfect and past tenses …
Resources for building oral confidence:

1.  The verb AVOIR
Introduction to ‘J’ai’ + more practice in context:
a) Avoir Practice: J’ai!

b) Present Tense of the verb AVOIR

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J’ai mal …


2.  KS3 Modal Verbs in context
Practice via goals scored on a Fifa Game.
Je veux, je peux, je dois! 
Modal Verbs – Vouloir, Pouvoir, Devoir

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Quiero, puedo, tengo que ..


3.  Negatives in French for Kids
A story with lots of examples to show how negatives wrap around verbs in French:
The Bone from Twitter

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4.  il y a + il faut:
Introduction to and practice in a friendly story using the French impersonal verbs il y a + il faut.  “Il y a du nutella –  Il faut profiter ..!”
Il y a + il faut
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4. Likes and Dislikes:  SPORT
More practice using positive and negative statements:
Le Sport: J’aime – Je n’aime pas:

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5. Short Story: Past + Present
Introduction in Passé Composé followed by likes and dislikes:
Maggie a grandi

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6. The Future with ALLER + Infinitive
Practice in the context of a future holiday on a desert island!
Aller + Infinitive


7.  Ma Voiture Dog Story – Present + Perfect Tenses
Useful practice starting a story in the present tense and moving into the perfect tense to solve ‘the problem’.

French dog story for kids
8.  Past Participle of AVOIR + How to ask Did you/Have you had a good holiday, Christmas, summer, weekend?
AVOIR in the Perfect Tense

8. Reflexive Verbs
Practice using many reflexive verbs to describe a special birthday:
The puppies arrive! +

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9. A KS3 French story in the Present Tense:
Fire in the Mountains!

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10. Present, perfect (passé composé), and Future + Aller
Questions & answers about: 
My Summer Holidays

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11. The Imperfect Tense
See clearly the difference between use of the Imperfect and Perfect Tenses via this friendly description:
A New Puppy

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Monter and Descendre (Perfect Tense)
This post is for students who are already familiar with the list of irregular verbs which use être rather than avoir in the passé composé (perfect tense).  It is included here because video is an excellent way of illustrating this grammar:
Perfect Tense of Monter and Descendre – AVOIR or ÊTRE?

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Verbs need practice. Learn to conjugate them, and learn them by heart:  Recommendation –  A French Verb Book For Life:
‘Le Nouveau Bescherelle,’ is a book which conjugates 12,000 French verbs.  This French version is straightforward and excellent.  An English version is also available (also on

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