Childhood Memories Correction Workshop

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  • Students are in charge of correcting their grammar, vocabulary and syntax.
  • They work in teams with a tool box created after assessing their test on Childhood memories.
  • 2 students are in charge of typing and double checking on the blog everyone can see on the classroom beamer screen.

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Childhood memories Show & Tell

What is your best / worst childhood memory?

Why is this object important to you? What does it mean for you?

How have you changed since you were young?

How long have you practiced rugby for? (tu fais du rugby depuis combien de temps)

When did you stop?

Is it real gold?

How did you feel? I felt very proud of myself because the other competitors were stronger than me.

Jawed doesn’t practice judo anymore but Mennad still plays rugby.


UNIT 4 – WARM UP! Look at the images and guess what we’ll be studying. childhood-memories-photos a- What is the common element? Favourite image? Why? Does it remind you of something? Any anecdote? Share and present your findings. 2 sentences each. b- Take notes / key words. > What are we studying? Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 22.37.55 Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 22.38.06 UNIT 4 – APRICOT

c- Watch a short film called ‘Apricot’, think and discuss.

  • What are the characters talking about? They are talking about childhood memories and the girl recalls / remembers her first kiss and her first love whereas the man can’t remember anything.
  • Who asks the questions? Why? Write down the questions you hear.

The man asks all the questions. Did you have a boyfriend in hight school? How was your first kiss? Can you remember your first kiss?

  • What does she remember? Why do you think she wants to leave?

She remembers how she felt when she used to play dress up with her friends, she remembers the boy always carried a camera and was very mysterious. He tried to collect sensations as if he knew he wouldn’t remember them *when he is old. when + present // as if : comme si / would> conditionel

  • How did you feel as you were watching? What’s the message of the film director?
  • Why is it called Apricot?

The images looked dreamlike and the music was great! Some of the film was predictable and we expected the guy to be the childhood boy because the pen and notebook are the equivalent of the camera. The actors sounded real and the girl was genuinely angry. The didn’t meet by chance / it wasn’t an accident. The director wants us to feel that memories are both poetic and very important. He associates tastes and feelings with memories thanks to the flashback technique. The girl’s first kiss tastes of apricot and now the guy’s kiss tastes like coffee so memories are associated with sensations. Thanks to the taste of coffee, he might be able to remember this kiss.   d- Imagine 3 more questions and act out the conversation. Use 10 words from our lesson. // Speed Dating

Back from Ireland!

  • How were Irish people? (nice / not very nice / welcoming / caring …)
  • Did you like your host family?
  • Where did you go exactly?
  • What did you gert up to?
  • How long was your trip?
  • How was your journey?
  • Did you like/ enjoy it?
  • What was your favourite moment? What was your worst moment?
  • What did you eat?
  • What did you learn?


  • What was the first sweet / candy that you ate?
  • Can you remember your nursery school teacher?
  • Can you remember the name of your teddy bear?
  • Can you remember your birthday party?
  • Do you remember your first vehicle ./ car?
  • Can your remember the first nightmare you had because of a movie?
  • Welcoming: acceuillant
  • friendly: sympa
  • ginger-haired: roux
  • unwelcoming / unfriendly / rude / not nice …
  • excited / enthusiastic
  • clueless / ditzy : tête en l’air 
  • She said / she explained…
  • She told me that…
  • there is / are : il ya présent // there was / were : il y avait
  • to be seasick / to have a headache
  • except: sauf
  • werewolf: loup garou –
  • another host family / pen friend
  • nice meals : de bons repas / nice dishes: plats
  • hot chocolate: chocolat chaud

“My favourite moment was when I ate Fish and Chips” “The trip / stay was a week long / the journey was 9h on the bus / 22 hours on the boat.” “we were not the only exchange students in the house, there were other foreign students” “Anaïs was scared of the werewolf in Harry Potterwhen she was young.” 2015-03-13 11.32.36 UNIT 4 – ActionAid Watch and react. / Speak  / New voc / Grammar action aid activities + hw

9- We would play k-…shop , one of us would play the shop assistant and the other would come in and be the l-…customer .

10- My favourite m-…childhood memory was being n-…tricked by my parents

11- We would dress up and put our o-…dolls in our prams and take our babies for a walk around the garden

12- On the way to Filey for a two-week holiday in Yorkshire, my dad asked me to get something out of the boot of the p-…car where I discovered q-…suitases with labels to go to r-…Disneyland in Florida.

13- Going crabbing with my s-…family in North Norfolk Rye where I was brought up.

14- We would sit whatever the weather on a muddy t-…bridge, with a string and some bacon on the end.

15- We had a u-…competition to see who gets the most v-…crabs, and then we’d let them go! 16- It was pure w-…fun !

HW – For Tueday March 17th Revise! Vocab / grammar + finish EE on a separate paper.   UNIT 4 –


Tuesday, March 17th.

No English class on Friday!

So get ready for final project on Wednesday next week! !

Oral intervention, show and tell about your childhood memories!

Bring a shoe box full of pictures and objects from your childhood. Tell about your childhood memories.

Use key words / feelings / would + BV / Used to + BV

I remember when … When I was young … My earliest memory is … my favourite moment was when …


What’s the English / French for …

  • passer un bon moment: have a good time

  • familles d’accueil: host families
  • roux: ginger-haired / red-haired
  • notre séjour: our trip / stay
  • notre périple: our journey
  • an awareness campaign: campagne de sensibilisation
  • meatball: boulettes
  • to splash: éclabousser
  • to dive: plonger
  • muddy: boueux
  • to grow up: grandir
  • to play dress up: jouer à se déguiser
  • dolls: poupées
  • suitcases: valises
  • habitudes: habits*/ routines

Grammar points?

Express habits* in the past : …used …to + BV or …would + BV

Ex. ? When I was young, I would go out with my friends every Saturday.


Would = express conditional / past habits

seat = noun > siège // to sit (BV) : s’asseoir

discovered = adj / participe passé / préterit

I was tricked by= passive voice

Look at the image!


  • Do you know this film?
  • What’s the story?
  • To be disabled : être handicapé
  • slow-witted : un peu attardé
  • the main character / protagonist is called Forrest, he is slow-witted.
  • We follow his story through American History from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Watch the trailer!

  • What was Forrest childhood like? Why? To be/look like : avoir l’air/ sembler # to like : aimer
  • He had one friend, he was bullied at school, he was wearing prothetics on his legs to cure his back problem, so he probably / must have (B2) felt sad. He must have fallen in love with Jenny. (B2)
  • Which characters are supportive? Jenny and his mum are supportive.
  • Find 2 historical events.Vietnam war

    He was a soldier in the Vietnam War.

    He met president Nixon and President Kennedy.

    He met Elvis Presley.

  • He took part in the Hippie Movement.

Now watch a scene from Forrest Gump!

  • What 2 things Forrest can’t recall? 1st Xmas present / 1st outdoor pic nic
  • What’s the one thing he can recall? He can recall the first time he heard Jenny’s voice.
  • Where are they going? They are going to school
  • What is nice about Jenny compared to others? No one talks to him except her
  • What did they use to do together? They used to climb trees.
  • She used to teach him how to read.
  • He would stay with her to watch the twilight.

HW corrections

  • HW due on Wednesday, March 18th.
  • Watch another scene and explain:

what other kids used to do, how Jenny would react and what Forrest suddenly did.

Write 4 sentences using the correct verb tenses.

Jenny told Forrest he should run because he was bullied by

the other kids.

He realized he could run, it’s filmed in slow motion.

He was cured / healed!

Forrest tells this moment to a woman because it felt extraordinary!

He ran for a long time. He ran away from the boys. He couldn’t stop running!

When he ran away, he broke his prostetics. He runs as the wind blows!

It’s a miracle! The 3 boys are throwing stones at Forrest so they are mean.

They are cycling and chasing him. They used to bully him in the park!

  • Complete:

Forrest Gump

magical – novel*- life – box – slow-witted – directed –

changed – discover – flashbacks – historical – epic –

comedy – get – Awards – scooped – starred

Forrest Gump is a 1994 1- epic romance film. It was based on the 1986 2- novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was 3- …directed by Robert Zemeckis and 4- …starred…… Tom Hanks.

We 5- ….discover…….. the life of Forrest Gump, a naïve and 6- ….slow-witted….. native of Alabama thanks to 7- ….flashbacks. . The film shows how he witnesses, and in some cases 8- …..changed……. , some of the most important 9- ……..historical…. events of the 20th century. One critic loved the film and wrote: “Hanks’ performance is a breathtaking balancing act between 10- comedy… and sadness, in a story rich in big laughs and quiet truths, what a 11- ..magical… movie!” Forrest Gump won the Academy 12-…awards.. for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing. It also 13-…..scooped…. dozens more awards. The line: “Mama always said 14-…… was like a 15- ….box. of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna 16-…get.” was ranked 40th on the “100 Years…” list of the greatest 100 Movie Quotes.

HW Tuesday, March 24th.

CO test > practice

HW Wednesday, March 25th

Final project: create, show and tell about your childhood memories. You will need to gather objects or pictures from your childhood and explain how you have or haven’t changed since you were young.

  • Oral intervention, show and tell about your childhood memories! 2.30 minutes / NO NOTES!

  • Bring a shoe box full of pictures and objects from your childhood. Tell about your childhood memories.

  • Use key words / feelings / would + BV / Used to + BV

I remember when … When I was young … My earliest memory is … my favourite moment was when …