2 Ça va?


Early Start French 1: CONTENTS | HOME

French Starter Pack
1 Greetings
2 How are you?
3 What's your name?
Famous people
4 Alphabet
5 Family
6 Numbers 1-12
7 Ages
8 Brothers & sisters
9 Pets
10 Colours
11 Months
12 Numbers 13 - 31
13 Birthdays
14 LDays of the week
15 Today's date
16 Weather
17 Christmas
Consolidation and assessment

What you will learn in section 2

"Salut! Ça va?"
Zélie greets visitors at her home in Villeneuve d'Ascq

You see the French teacher ask children how they are as they come into the class...

The class sing the Title Song, "Salut! Ça va?" (words and music in the Teacher's Manual)

Animated cartoon: asking a "Giant" how he is. Find out more about the "Giants" of northern France in
section 1....

In the video - or on the CD-ROM - you will see lots of people - children, adults and giants - meet up and ask "How are you?"

You will hear how you can reply, depending on whether you are feeling really great, OK, sort-of-OK-ish, or not-OK-at-all.....

Back to top

Make a puppet, or buy one....

'Black girl' hand puppet

If you make a puppet, you will always have someone to talk with in French!

Here's how to make a puppet that can only speak and understand French.

You can make a simple finger puppet with paper or felt; glove puppets can be made starting with a large old sock, a glove, or an old cuddly toy with the stuffing removed.

If you want to buy a ready-made puppet, Early Start can supply inexpensive finger puppets and really good hand puppets with expressive working mouths - see Puppets page for more....

Back to top

Back to top


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.

For more information:
Back to top

Web links

Revise what you have learned in sections 1 to 3 on the BBCi Primary French web site, which follows the same official Guidelines as Early Start French.

Go to 'Hello! How are you?' and see how much you know!.


BBCi Primary French follows the same guidelines as Early Start French.
Meet 'Roller' and other young French characters on BBCi
Back to top

Order NOW!
Our approach
www.earlystart.co.uk Last update: Copyright © 2001-14 Early Start Languages