French Level 1, Activity 12: Les invitations / Invitations (Online)

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Description: In this activity, students will practice rejecting or accepting formal invitations to an afternoon or evening get-together. Students will also practice providing a reason for why they rejected an invitation.
Semantic Topics: invitation, rejection, invite, accept, plans, weekend, evening, le rejet, l’invitation, accepter, les projets, le week-end, la soirée, simple sentences, phrases simples

Products: Spoken word (verbal invitation), invitation card, email invitation, text message invitation, etc.

Practices: Reciprocal invitations (if you are invited to someone’s function, it is often practiced you will be invited to their reciprocal function), when invited it is common practice to bring the host a gift.

Perspectives: Table manners are extremely important, as well as showing grace and thanks to the host. Just as in other countries, in France there are many “formules/règles de politesse” or “rules of etiquette” to pay attention to. This can range anywhere from saying “Bonjour” and “Bonne journée” to someone you’re sharing an elevator with to inviting the same number of men as women to a party.

  • What are some words and phrases you can say in French which show politeness and respect?

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.
  • Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of French and their native language.

Idaho State Content Standards: 

  • COMM 1: Interact with others in the target language and gain meaning from interactions in the target language.
  • COMM 2: Discover meaning from what is heard, read or viewed on a variety of topics in the target language.
  • COMM 3: Utilize appropriate media to present an idea to an audience.
  • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • CLTR 1.3: Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.
  • COMP 1.1: Observe formal and informal forms of language.
  • COMP 2.2: Compare and contrast appropriate gestures and oral expressions in the target culture with the learner’s culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can accept or reject an invitation.
  • I can invite and make plans with someone.
  • I can exchange information about when to meet and where to go, such as the store, the movie theatre, a concert or a restaurant.

Materials Needed: 


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


2. Ask the students:  Si je vous invite à faire quelque-chose, mais que vous ne voulez pas y aller,  que devez-vous dire? (If I invite you to something, but you don’t want to go, what should you say?)


3. Write the word NON on the board. The students should brainstorm words and you can write them in the chat. After, do it with OUI.

Écrivez le mot NON sur le tableau. Les étudiants devront faire une séance de remue-méninges pour trouver des mots et vous pourrez les écrire dans la chat. Ensuite, faites l’exercice avec OUI.


4. Using the invitation example, invite the students to an event, have them practice accepting or declining the invitation. Here are some phrases in case students don’t mention them:

En utilisant l’exemple d’invitation, invitez les étudiants à un événement. Faites-leur pratiquer comment accepter ou décliner une invitation. Voici quelques exemples de phrase:


  • I agree: Je suis d’accord/ d’accord
  • I would love to: J’aimerais bien
  • I’ll be there: Je vais être là/ je vais être présente/ J’y serai
  • I’ll pick you up: Je vais passer te prendre
  • Yes, of course: Oui, bien sûr
  • I think I can come: Je crois/pense que je peux y aller.
  • Absolutely: Absolument 


  • I’m very busy: Je suis trop occupé
  • Thank you, but I can’t because: Merci, mais je ne peux pas car…
  • I’m sorry, but I have to: Desolé, mais je dois…
  • I would prefer not to: Je préférerais ne pas aller…
  • I want to, but I can’t: J’aimerais aller, mais…

Main Activity

1. Working individually (5-7 minutes):  Each student will think of an activity they like and make a plan to invite the students.

Individuellement durant 5-7 minutes: Chaque étudiant doit penser à une activité qu’il aime et il doit préparer un plan pour inviter les autres étudiants.


2. Tell the students the following: You are going to have 5 minutes to plan a proposal for a fun activity. You need to include a date, time, place, activity, what to bring, and cost.

Dites aux étudiants: Vous aurez 5 minutes pour préparer une invitation pour une activité plaisante. Vous devez inclure une date, l’heure, le lieu, l’activité, ce qu’il faut apporter et le prix.


3. After the 5 minutes, the students will take turns sharing their invitations and inviting the other students. Everyone should accept or reject the invitation and then say why.

Après 5 minutes les étudiants à tour de role devront partager leur invitation et inviter les autres étudiants. Chacun doit accepter ou refuser l’invitation et dire pourquoi.


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

  • Qu’est-ce que vous allez faire ce weekend ?
    • What are you going to do this weekend?
  • Aimez-vous aller à des activités culturelles comme les concerts ?
    • Do you like going to cultural activities like concerts?
  • Aimez-vous regarder le sport ?
    • Do you like to go to sports games?


It is rare and seen as rude to show up empty handed to an event – even something as small as a dinner at a friends house guests will often bring a bottle of wine, a baguette, or some other small gift/contribution for the host.

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 accept or reject an invitation.
  • I can invite and make plans with someone.
  • I can exchange information about when to meet and where to go, such as the store, the movie theatre, a concert or a restaurant.

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