Ch.1: Salut! - Greetings


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French Starter Pack
1 Greetings
2 Goodbye
3 Ça va?
4 What's your name?
Famous people
4a Alphabet
5 Colours
6 Numbers 1-12
7 Ages
8 Months
9 Numbers 13 - 31
10 Birthdays
11 Days of the week
12 Today's date
13 Pets
14 Brothers & sisters
15 Consolidation / assessment
16 En classe

What you will learn in Film 1


You will see how French children and grown-ups greet each other when they meet, and learn how to greet people yourself in French.

You will see the start of the day in a French school, and find out about French giants....

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LANGUAGE AWARENESS: 'Say Hello to the World'

Saying 'hello' to different people
You say 'hello' to people all the time. Look around you, at people you see in your community.

  • What do say to your friends when you meet them?
  • How do you greet your teachers?
  • ..and how do they say hello to you?
  • What do grown-ups say when THEY meet?

Write a page for your Language Portfolio about what you notice. Be a Language Detective - you are beginning to find out the importance of language and how we use it in our lives!

Saying 'hello' in different languages
We made a table of how you say 'hello' politely in different world languages. What do they mean? Can you see any patterns?

Good Morning
Guten Morgen
Buenos dias

Find out more....
There are
2,796 languages in the world! Use the Internet to find out how people say 'hello!' in other countries.

A web site called 'Say Hello to the World' plays you a sound recording so you know how to pronounce the greeting for each language. It gives some other useful phrases, and links to basic facts about each country - but start with France!

Make a list of all the 'hello's you can find from around the world - it might be handy one day!

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Where in the World do they speak French?

As you learn to speak French, you'll be able to talk to most of the people living in France, who speak French as their everyday language - though 1 in 6 has a parent or grand-parent who came from outside France.

French is also the first language of many people in parts of neighbouring countries:

3.5m in the southern half of Belgium
including the capital, Brussels;
1.2m in Switzerland (around Geneva).

There is more about this in Early Start French Continuation Pack 2, Ch.2.1 "Où habites-tu?".

MAP: where they speak French in Europe
MAP 1: Where they speak French in Europe

MAP 2: Where they speak French in the World

Across the Atlantic, there are 7.5m French-speaking Canadians in Québec - about 1/4 of the population of Canada; French is the main language in Caribbean islands like Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe,and the former prison colony of Guyane, now famous as a rocket base.

French remains the main language of over 5m Africans in many countries of North and West Africa; in the Indian Ocean like Madegascar, and in the Pacific like Tahiti.

French Embassy in London: information Just 4 Kids
More information about France, from French Embassy 'Just 4 Kids' web site

The 9th most spoken language
French is one of the most widely learnt second languages in the world - it is the first or second language for over 220 million people (making it the 9th most spoken language).

One reason is that France attracts so many tourists. It is the most visited country on earth, way ahead of the USA, Spain, Italy and Britain.

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Start your own portfolio

Assessment & recording
On the
CILT Primary languages website you can now find an electronic version of the pilot European Language Portfolio which can be used as a photocopiable record of achievement for Primary pupils learning languages plus a teacher's guide to using the Portfolio. This is potentially very useful as a record of achievent to pass on to the pupils' next teacher. You are free to download the documents and use them with your own pupils.

Find out more about starting a Language Portfolio on this special page..

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The "giants" of North France are a recurring theme in the video, appearing in every title sequence and in many of the sections. They are a living and popular tradition, with new giants being created every year. The custom has strong roots in religious festivals and in folk lore and traditional tales and legends.

From the video title sequence:
the two giants of the small hilltop town of Cassel, "Reuze Papa" and his "wife", "Reuze Maman"

The giant "Tutor" on a night-time outing
in his home town of Steenwerck, near Lille

How to make a giant

The framework that goes underneath the giant "Tutor"

Why the giant needs to be very light

The giants are not real living people! There are two ways of carrying a giant about:

  • - having a person - or several people - inside, to carry it, and make any movements, e.g. "dancing" to the music, or waving a hand;
  • - pulling it along on a trolley.

Giants used to be made of wickerwork, with a papier-maché head. Today all sorts of lightweight but strong modern materials are used, such as aluminium mesh and polystyrene.

These may also be easier for children to work with.

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