French Level 1, Activity 06: Les jours de la semaine / Days of the Week (Online)

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Description: In this activity, students will talk about the days of the week and discuss their weekly schedules.
Semantic Topics: days of the week, weekly routine, schedules, les jours de la semaine, routine hebdomadaire, horaire, structures of responses, la structure des réponses

Products: Google calendars, planners

Practices: Daily routines, weekday schedule, week-end schedule, les vacances

Perspectives: Importance of routine and consistency in one’s schedule

  • In France, there is something called “le quart d’heure de politesse,” or in English, “the 15 minutes of courtesy.” This means that it is customary in France to arrive at a dinner party / soirée 15 minutes after the host has said.
    • Which is more important to you: strict punctuality or room to be respectfully late?

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards: 

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in French to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written French on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas in French to an audience of listeners or readers.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1: Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: 

  • I can identify days of the week.
  • I can ask someone questions about their week.
  • I can talk about what I do during my week.

Materials Needed: 


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity.


2. Practice the days of the week with students.

Pratiquez les jours de la semaine avec les étudiants.


3. First, review the days of the week with your group.

Pour commencer, nous allons pratiquer les jours de la semaine. Répétez après moi, lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi, samedi, dimanche.


4. Tell students the phrases and let them fill in the blank: Aujourd’hui, c’est __” and say it out loud.

Aujourd’hui, c’est ___? Quel jour de la semaine sommes-nous aujourd’hui ? 


5. Next, ask what day tomorrow is:

“Demain, c’est ___” 


6. You can ask them varying questions that allow them to respond with a day of the week such as:

Vous pouvez leur demander des diverses questions qui leur permettront de répondre avec un jour de la semaine:

“J’ai un cours de français ___” 
“Mon jour préféré de la semaine, c’est___” 
“Je travaille ___” 

“Le week-end, c’est ___”
“Le jour de grâce, c’est toujours ___”

Main Activity

1. Separate students into partners.

Maintenant, je vais vous séparer en partenaires.


2. One member will create a google doc and share it with the other person.

Un membre créera un document Google et le partagera avec l’autre personne/ les autres.


3. Each person will write their schedules in the Google doc and once everyone is finished each pair will present their schedules to the rest of the group.

Chaque personne écriront leurs horaires sur le document Google et une fois que tout le monde aura terminé, chaque paire ou groupe présentera ses horaires au reste de la classe.


Ask the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Trouvez-vous que vous êtes occupé ou non ?
    • Do you find that you’re busy or not?
  • Est-ce que vous avez beaucoup à faire chaque semaine ?
    • Do you have a lot to do this weekend?
  • À quelle heure vous vous levez le matin ?
    • What time do you wake up in the morning?
  • Quel jour de la semaine est le plus occupé pour toi? Le plus libre ?
    • What day of the week is the most busy for you? The most free?

CULTURal notes

In France, the typical week day consists of longer working hours, but more vacation. The minimum amount of vacation time after one year of employment in France is 5 weeks. This is the minimum, depending on the industry and position some companies offer over 9 weeks. There is an emphasis on working hard and sticking to a fairly stick routine during weekdays, however there is more time for vacation.

End of Activity: 

  • Can-Do statement check-in… “Where are we?”
  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with cards.
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self evaluation
  • Pay attention and use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can identify days of the week.
  • I can ask someone questions about their week.
  • I can talk about what I do during my week.

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