Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Keep on the Ball with Tricky French Grammar

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Keep on the Ball with Tricky French Grammar

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One of the hardest aspects of French grammar for sixth-form students to understand and then use correctly is that of direct and indirect object pronouns. But with the use of two small footballs you can help them to enjoy getting to grips with these, remain focused and make this particular lesson much easier.

Sit everyone in a semi-circle facing you (you are in a chair at the front of the class). Throw one of the balls to a student and say, in French, "I throw the ball to..." and then their name. He or she uses the same construction and throws the ball to someone else. After a few examples of this, replace "the ball" with a direct object pronoun ("I throw it to..." and then the person's name).

Carry on this version of the game for a short while, then introduce the second ball and the plural version of the pronoun, "them". Next, replace the indirect object with a pronoun ("I throw him/her the ball") and continue the game. Finally, play the game using both pronouns ("I throw it/them to him/her"). …

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