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Teaching resources for GCSE and A Level French

Teaching resources for GCSE and A Level French

These French resources from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) UK are free and can be downloaded for use in the classroom with GCSE and A-Level French speakers.

A Level resources

These short videos are each accompanied by a transcript and an exercise.

Click on the titles below to access the exercises.

An introduction to the work of MSF with video and activities to practise listening, reading, speaking and writing in order to understand the values of MSF’s humanitarian work.

The lesson plan takes teachers through steps to help students and there are additional slides showing MSF’s diverse projects.

Video transcript >

Lesson plan >

Worksheet >

Powerpoint presentation >

Présentation des activités de MSF

Les 5000 enfants d’Adèle 

This video, with a transcript and presentation with activities, is about the life of Adèle, an MSF midwife in the Central African Republic. 

The material provides awareness about life in the wider francophone world; the situation for women there and the problems faced by all citizens in the country.

However, Adèle presents a success story as a woman helping other women. She is a part of a movement for equality between men and women, which the country hopes to establish. Exercises to practise listening, reading, speaking, writing and vocabulary building.

Powerpoint presentation >

Worksheet >

Valérie, Sage-femme

Exercise >

Transcript >

La Santé mentale des enfants au Niger

A set of videos and an activity worksheet with transcripts about the work of MSF mental health teams with the children affected by the conflict in Niger.  Activities follow the A Level style for speaking and writing.

Worksheets with transcripts >

Video: Aicha's story >

Video: Issa's story >

VIH/SIDA

A new treatment specifically designed for HIV-positive children has been introduced at the Blue House clinic in Mathare, one of Nairobi's largest slums.

Exercise >

Transcript >

Ebola 

A report on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea in 2014 and the work of MSF teams.

Exercise >

Transcript >

Mirlanda 

A video about Mirlanda, a young girl who underwent an amputation after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Transcript >

Mercy

Presentation with activities to build vocabulary and talk about how we should help the refugee crisis, pertaining particularly to the work of MSF in the Mediterranean Sea.  

The activities include the MSF version of the video for the French Eurovision entry in 2017, 'Mercy', which told the story of a baby born on the refugee rescue ship.

Powerpoint presentation >

Lesson plan >

Exercise >

"Sorry I drowned"

Presentation with activities using the subjunctive, to talk about how we should help the refugee crisis, pertaining particularly to the work of MSF in the Mediterranean Sea. 

The video is an original animation, in Arabic with French subtitles, describing the life of a migrant who has drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The animation is based on a story that a letter with these words was found along with their body.

Transcript >

Powerpoint presentation >

GCSE resources

These short videos are each accompanied by a transcript and an exercise.

Click on the titles below to access the exercises.

10 moyens d'atteindre les patients

This package of resources consists of teacher's notes to guide speaking and writing exercises, a student worksheet, and a transcript, based on the above video - Top 10 Ways We Reach Our Patients. 

Teacher's instructions >

Guided notes for students >

Transcript >

A set of activities for the theme of Current and Future Employment for students to give opinions on working for a charity like MSF. 

The activities are differentiated with videos, transcripts and exercises for Higher and Foundation students that complement one another so that they can be used together. 

Mon Travail Bénévole

Resources suitable for both Foundation and Higher French GCSE students.

Les sans abris

 

Transcript >

 

Il était une fois

 

Traditional tense worksheet >

Perfect tense worksheet >

 

Travailler pour MSF

Resources for Foundation students

 

Video transcript >

Worksheet >

Lesson plan >

Powerpoint presentation >

 

Resources for Higher students

 

Video transcript >

Worksheet >

Lesson plan >

Powerpoint presentation >

 

Other videos in this activity:

'This is MSF' >

Ma vie avant et maintenant

A set of videos and an activity worksheet with transcripts about the work of MSF mental health teams with the children affected by the conflict in Niger. Activities follow the 9 to 1 GCSE specification, in particular, practising using many tenses together.

 

Transcript and worksheet >

Powerpoint presentation >

Video: Aicha's story >

Video: Hindatou's story >

MSF en affiches

These posters in French illustrate aspects of the work of MSF. Each poster is accompanied by comprehension activities for students.

 

Download the posters >

Poverty in the Central African Republic

These activities are accompanied by a video and presentation to discuss the topic of poverty and inequality, looking at the work of MSF in the Central African Republic. 

The presentation and accompanying worksheet practise the perfect tense to discuss charity work and what the solutions could be to the problems faced by these populations.

 

Worksheet >

Powerpoint presentation >

Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh

A presentation and worksheet to practise speaking and to discuss the ongoing work of MSF during the Rohingya refugee crisis. The activities look particularly at the photo card question and how to gain marks by developing answers to give opinions and justifications. 

 

Worksheet >

Powerpoint presentation >

Attention French teachers! 

Are you a teacher who uses these resources in the classroom? If so, we would love to hear your feedback, good or bad, to help us keep improving our resources. Please send us an e-mail with your thoughts.

Look out for more French resources from MSF on the Times Educational Supplement website.