French - Term 2, 2020

Quelques mots du Conseiller National de Français

Quelle année! Already six months in through my first year as a Language Adviser and I have spent more time online than seeing and visiting teachers face-to-face, having said that I have met many of you on the small screen as there has been such an interest to upskilling yourselves. As the old saying goes: ‘change is permanent’ so I will be looking forward to eventually meeting you all at your school in the second semester.
If you need help, resources and support please don’t hesitate to email me, I will be there for you.

Bonne chance, kia kaha,
Guillaume Charton – National French Adviser –

CREIPAC – Ecole de Langue a Noumea a votre service:

L’équipe pédagogique du CREIPAC a travaillé pour réaliser de belles et utiles ressources pédagogiques et autres activités FLE en ligne à faire chez soi ou ailleurs ! 
Elles sont accessibles depuis le site internet / rubrique Activités pédagogiques :

Elles sont également accessibles depuis la page FB

DELF Scolaire 2020

The 2020 session of DELF Scolaire is now open for schools to register. The session will be held on Saturday 29 August 2020. 

Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française or DELF [Diploma in French language studies] is an internationally-recognised qualification issued by the French Ministry of Education and based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

DELF Scolaire [DELF for schools] is an adaptation of DELF that is specially designed for preadolescent and adolescent candidates in secondary school (12 to 17 years old).

Once awarded, the qualification is valid for life and provides a way for students to validate their proficiency in French. It is an asset for holders of the DELF to display on their CVs and furthermore, the DELF qualification from B2 onwards fulfils the language prerequisite for entry to university study in France. 

Four levels are offered each year: A1 (Year 10), A2 (Year 11), B1 (Year 12) and B2 (Year 13) and in 2019, 550 candidates took up the challenge in 40 different examination centres in participating schools from around New Zealand. The enrolment fees from 2020 are $70 for levels A1 and A2 and $85 for levels B1 and B2 (Note: prices correct as at 27/05/2020)

The French Embassy manages the exam session with support from the Alliance Française network and the school coordinators. The accredited examiners are a combination of teachers of French from New Zealand schools and Alliance Française teachers. Accreditation training is also managed by the French Embassy and is offered annually for eligible teachers.

You can find the timeline, registration forms and information flyer for Delf Scolaire at
There is also a version of DELF oriented towards primary-aged children (7-12) and this session is held in November and coordinated directly by the Alliance Française network.

For further information about any of these qualifications, please contact Hazel Ryan from the French Embassy at

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French bilingual schools in NZ – a story of success and passion for bilingualism!

FRENZ is supporting French bilingual schools around New Zealand and this year celebrates its 26th anniversary.

There are now 4 bilingual schools where French is taught alongside English, two in Auckland (Richmond Road School and Birkdale North School), one in Wellington (Ridgeway School) and one in Christchurch (Burnside Primary School).

This is a great video and documentary depicting the journey of French bilingual schools in New Zealand.

For more information about FRENZ, visit their website

French websites of the month

French website of the month for junior students:

This site is an excellent platform hosting a variety of activities for junior students to learn French while having ‘fun’. 

French website of the month for senior students:

A great variety of resources features in this website. Le P’tit Libé is the offspring of the French newspaper Libération. It deals with challenges faced by youth and attempts to answer questions about today’s world.

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Shared History leading to Shared Future between New Zealand and France

Shared History

Le Quesnoy holds an important place in New Zealand WWI history. Just a week before the end of World War I, in November 1918, the New Zealand Division captured the French town - the New Zealanders' last major action in the war.

The main objective of the New Zealand War Memorial Museum trust  is to improve understanding and increase communication and exchange between New Zealand and France as explained in this video and documentary

In February this year the Timaru District has made a substantial donation to this trust allowing this project to move forward.

The Shared History / Mémoires héritées, histoire partagée programme which was created in 2013, is a New Zealand-French made initiative aiming to provide students with the opportunity to discover the profound significance and impact of war. 

Last year a group of Young Ambassadors visited France to commemorate the Great War. In this Link you will find the videos that have been put together from these Young Ambassadors ‘Sur le chemin de nos ancêtres’ which could be used with senior students and why not with students studying history.

Shared Future 

The following can be used as a meaningful cross-curriculum study between French, Social Studies, Media Studies, History and English at Level 7 and 8 proficiency descriptors.

One-year Anniversary of the Christchurch Call: Joint statement by Emmanuel Macron and Jacinda Ardern

One year since the launch, in Paris, the Christchurch Call to Action, New Zealand and France stand proud of the progress made toward the goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, and are committed to continuing progress.

For one year, and for the first time, governments, major tech companies and civil society representatives have been working cooperatively together to stop and prevent attacks like the one we saw in Christchurch being broadcast and spread online.

Teaching and learning via the world of French CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) media

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ESMA  is a well renownd CGI school located in France and Canada who use state-of-the-art technologies to create short movies which often receive awards in international festivals.

Why not use ESMA creations to engage your students.

Here are a list of activities:

  • Play one of the movies in class, pause on a frame and put students into teams to write and describe the frame (maybe on paper or on a word document).  Do this for at least 5 different scenes then ask students to scramble the different sentences they have written. Then challenge the other groups to put these in the right order.
  • Play one of the movies, pause and students have to imagine what may happen and why, then watch the rest of the video, students compare their findings and as a class decide of the most probable, most original and least probable.
  • Go to a key part of a video, ask students to imagine what happened before, then play the video preceding the event.
  • Students can dub a movie or subtitle it in French.
  • Students or teachers can use EdPuzzle to create different types of questions (use Bloom’s Taxonomy, this is a great site to develop a richer repertoire of questions among students). An example of EDpuzzle with an ESMA video:
  • Ask students to choose one of the videos and create a quiz that they then ask their peers (use Kahoot, Quizlet, Quiziz, Google Form etc).
  • Students can put their heads down in their arms and listen (and only listen) to the film then in pairs they will try to put pictures that the teachers would have previously screenshot back in the right order). Then they will need to add some text in French, then the video is watched and students compare their end product.
  • Tell students to chose a movie and design a poster in French to launch the movie at a Film Festival then students vote on which movie they would most likely go to based on the poster and French used.
  • Students can create alternate endings in French then they compare the end-product and vote on the most original one.
  • As students are watching a movie ask them to write in French as many words that they hear.  Then ask them to write a text in French.
  • Students could write a review in French of a chosen movie by describing the main message while giving opinions and reasons and convincing people to watch this movie. Then other students watch this movie and vote on whether they agree with the review and give their own opinions should they agree or not.