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Teaching resources for KS3, GCSE and A Level French

Teaching resources for KS3, GCSE and A-Level French

These French resources from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) UK are for use in the classroom with KS3, GCSE and A Level French speakers.

A Level resources

These short videos are each accompanied by a transcript and an exercise.

Click on the titles below to access the exercises.

An introduction to the work of MSF with video and activities to practise listening, reading, speaking and writing in order to understand the values of MSF’s humanitarian work.

The lesson plan takes teachers through steps to help students and there are additional slides showing MSF’s diverse projects.
 

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Présentation des activités de MSF


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A look at MSF's work in Haïti in the 10 years since the earthquake in 2010. This is compatible with the AQA specification for A Level French, 3.1.1 'Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues: Le bénévolat'.
 

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A look at MSF's work with refugees in Belgium. This is compatible with AQA specification for A Level French: La Politique et L’Immigration.


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This resource takes students through the process of MSF building a children's hospital in Koutiala, Mali, with five lessons incorporating engaging videos of the work.


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A look at MSF's work in Niger helping children deal with the trauma they have experienced as witnesses and victims of violence.


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Les 5000 enfants d’Adèle

This video, with a transcript and presentation with activities, is about the life of Adèle, an MSF midwife in the Central African Republic. 

Adele works in the country´s biggest maternity ward, in Bangui. This is the story of what it takes to deliver babies in the midst of conflict, and also what it means to be a woman in a country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
 

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Valérie, Sage-femme
 

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Mercy

Presentation with activities to build vocabulary and talk about how we should help refugees, focusing on the work of MSF in the Mediterranean Sea.  

The activities include the MSF version of the video for the French Eurovision entry in 2017, 'Mercy', which told the story of a baby born on the refugee rescue ship.
 

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"Sorry I drowned"

Presentation with activities using the subjunctive, to talk about how we should help refugees, focusing on the work of MSF in the Mediterranean Sea. 

The video is an original animation, in Arabic with French subtitles, describing the life of a migrant who has drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The animation is based on a story that a letter with these words was found along with their body.


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GCSE resources

These short videos are each accompanied by a transcript and an exercise.

Click on the titles below to access the exercises.

10 moyens d'atteindre les patients

This package of resources consists of teacher's notes to guide speaking and writing exercises, a student worksheet, and a transcript, based on the above video - Top 10 Ways We Reach Our Patients. 
 

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How Innocent Kunyuwana who lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo became an MSF doctor. This covers the theme of future careers and aspirations in the GCSE French specifications for AQA and Edexcel.


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MSF's tips on how to de-stress! Helps with studying GCSE French AQA Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest, Topic 2: Social Issues Healthy and unhealthy living.


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Exploring how MSF helps child victims and witnesses of violence recover from their trauma. This helps with studying GCSE French AQA, Theme 2 Global and Social Issues and practises using imperfect and perfect tenses together.


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Looking at the lengths MSF goes to to reach its patients. The different forms of transport and introducing Patience, the MSF donkey! Compatible with GCSE French AQA and Edexcel specifications.


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Reading exercises featuring the stories of refugees for GCSE French theme of Identity & Culture (AQA and Edexcel) Foundation and Higher level. The fantastic pictures were specially drawn for MSF by the artist Carole Isler.


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A set of activities for the theme of Current and Future Employment for students to give opinions on working for a charity like MSF. 

The activities are differentiated with videos, transcripts and exercises for Higher and Foundation students that complement one another so that they can be used together. 

Mon Travail Bénévole

Resources suitable for both Foundation and Higher French GCSE students.


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Travailler pour MSF

Resources for Foundation students


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Resources for Higher students
 

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Ma vie avant et maintenant

A set of videos and an activity worksheet with transcripts about the work of MSF mental health teams with the children affected by the conflict in Niger. Activities follow the 9 to 1 GCSE specification, in particular, practising using many tenses together.
 

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MSF en affiches

These posters in French illustrate aspects of the work of MSF. Each poster is accompanied by comprehension activities for students.

 

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Poverty in the Central African Republic

These activities are accompanied by a video and presentation to discuss the topic of poverty and inequality, looking at the work of MSF in the Central African Republic. 

The presentation and accompanying worksheet practise the perfect tense to discuss charity work and what the solutions could be to the problems faced by these populations.

 

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Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh

A presentation and worksheet to practise speaking and to discuss the ongoing work of MSF during the Rohingya refugee crisis. The activities look particularly at the photo card question and how to gain marks by developing answers to give opinions and justifications. 
 

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A resource looking at MSF's work with refugees to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June each year.  This goes with the GCSE French Theme of Global issues (Theme 2 AQA and Theme 5 Edexcel).


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A resource looking at MSF's frontline staff who are tackling coronavirus. This goes with the GCSE French Theme of Global issues (Theme 2 AQA and Theme 5 Edexcel).


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Introducing body parts and how to say "It hurts!"
 

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How MSF instructs people to stay safe from coronavirus. Practising the imperative form with this resource for GCSE students.


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Key Stage 3 resources

Two resources for French Key Stage 3 students, looking at World Refugee Day and coronavirus.

Introducing the work of MSF and practising the perfect tense for students of KS3 French.
 

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How MSF instructs people to stay safe from coronavirus. Practising the imperative form with this resource for KS3 French students.


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Attention French teachers! 

Are you a teacher who uses these resources in the classroom? If so, we would love to hear your feedback, good or bad, to help us keep improving our resources. Please send us an e-mail with your thoughts.

Look out for more French resources from MSF on the Times Educational Supplement website.