Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Mona L. rehearsing for IGCSE French

Did you know that Mona L. prepared for IGCSE French last winter ? Almost kidding but look at this video.
It took place a few days before her Edexcel 4FR1 speaking examination date, the Big one !
Mona was a bit tense so rather than the usual online course that we did at her office ( I think it’s a place called « Le Louvre » ) she preferred to do this one from the comfort of her home. How lucky she is to benefit from online courses !

By the day of this video, Mona had 70 hours of French with AceYourFrench. On that day, we were reviewing different scenario cases - that we previously prepared - on the topic of Education.

In response to my questions, you are going to hear Mona’s structured answers which systematise:

  • the use of connectives (et, donc, parce-que, en effet, mais …)
  • relatives (qui/que)

She also has a good grip of

  • tenses usage (imperfect, perfect and even one subjunctive !)
  • expressions (comme-ci comme-ça, besoin de …)
  • comparatives
  • pronom Y

A few pronunciation spots though which need improvements. We’ll keep working on that.
The rehearsing that day was quite joyful as Mona enjoyed much her free day out of the museum.


Mona received a grade of 8 (out of 9) which, in the previous grading system, is equivalent to an A. That was a fantastic achievement, two years in advance and with as few as 70 hours preparation.

But you know, Mona is Mona. She kept on her enigmatic smile.
She’s sitting again this summer for the IGCSE Edexcel 4FR1. No doubt the ultimate score is at her reach.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

ACTIVITY: Des Glaneuses

Des Glaneuses Contrastes by Marie on Scribd

Monday, February 3, 2020

Secularism: Why French Secularism is So Hard to Grasp


article from
The 1905 French law separating the Church and the State is now over a hundred years old. The laïcité (or secularism) principle it defines, despite the term not being mentioned in the text, is unique in the world and is an integral part of France’s contemporary political DNA.

Laïcité is the product of the long evolution of the relationship between the Church and the State.
Anastasia Colosimo

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

EDUCATION: La laïcité à l’école

EDUCATION A study by the National Center for the Study of School Systems (Cnesco) shows that the vast majority of students know and respect the main principles of secularism

(Vidéo de France24)
Dans cette vidéo qui date de 2013, La charte de la laïcité à l’école, est présentée par le ministre de l’Éducation nationale Vincent Peillon. Elle a été saluée par la majorité du corps enseignant. Mais certaines institutions religieuses, comme le CFCM*, la jugent stigmatisante.

*Conseil Français du Culte Musulman

Friday, January 24, 2020

FILM: L’armée du crime

L’armée du crime

Imdb 6.7 Durée: 2h 18min 2009 sur Prime Video (15)
⌦Leaving Prime on 07 February 2020

This is the untold story of one of the most notorious and feared group of the French resistance during WWII. The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for freedom. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS general, eventually reaches Berlin.
Genres: Drama, History, War
Director Robert Guédiguian
Starring Virginie Ledoyen, Simon Abkarian, Robinson Stévenin

it pointedly disputes the idea of a unanimous French Resistance. Behind the scenes the Paris police, eager to impress the Nazis, supervise grisly tortures of suspected partisans. Pujol (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), an inspector in the neighborhood where the Resistance is centered, is emblematic of the double-dealing treachery of French officials in the Vichy government. Trucks containing Jewish deportees rumble through the streets and give pedestrians only a moment’s pause.

Read the complete review on The New York Times

“Army of Crime,” whose title alludes to Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 masterpiece, “Army of Shadows” (set in the same period) […] also refers to the infamous “Affiche Rouge” (red poster) circulated by the Nazis on which the headline, “L’Armée du Crime” (“Army of Crime”), was plastered under the anti-fascist partisans’ photographs.