French Level 2, Activity 11: L’impératif et les adverbes / The Imperative and Adverbs (Online)


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Description: In this activity students will be practicing identifying commands and learning how to respond to them.
Semantic Topics: imperative, adverbs, suggestions, advice, orders, l’impératif, les conseils, ordres

Products: Instructions and Advice

Practices: Giving instructions and orders

Perspectives: Table manners, following instructions, giving instructions/commands to a child, student, employee, etc., discourse in relation to positions of authority

NCSSFL 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 give a suggestion.
  • I can give an order.
  • I can give advice to my friends.

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


2. Go through slides 3-9, and have the students identify who they think is saying the command and who they are saying it to.

Je vais vous montrer des diapositives avec certaines phrases. Vous allez dire “qui” dit ces ordres et “à qui” tu dirais ces phrases.


“Ne mange pas mes chaussures ! Ne monte pas sur le canapé !” – qui: pet owner, à qui: pet 
(“Don’t eat my shoes! Don’t get on the couch!”)
“Ne parlez pas ! Faites vos examens !”- qui: teacher, à qui: students
(“Don’t talk! Take your exam!”)
“Ne mange pas de chips avant le dîner ! Nettoie ta chambre !” – qui: mother, à qui: child
(“Don’t eat chips before dinner! Clean your room!”)
“Shh…ne parlez pas très fort ! Les gens étudient !”- qui: librarian, à qui: students
(“Shh…don’t speak loudly! People are studying!”)
“N’arrive pas en retard. Sois à l’heure !”- qui: boss, coach, à qui: worker, athlete
(“Don’t arrive late. Be on time!”)
“Éteignez vos portables ! Bouclez votre ceinture.”- qui: flight attendant, à qui: passengers
(“Turn off your devices! Buckle your seatbelt.”)
“Les mains en air ! Dis-moi ce que tu fais là !”- qui: police officer, à qui: criminal
(“Hands in the air! Tell me what you’re doing there!”)

Main Activity

1. Use the Canva cards link.

Utiliser le lien Canva.


2. Have students take turns reading each card out load.

Demander aux élèves de lire à tour de rôle chaque carte à haute voix.


3. After, the rest of the group should give a suggestion/command in response to the statement on the card.

Ensuite, le reste du groupe devra donner des suggestions ou des ordres qui correspondent avec la phrase.


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

  • Avez-vous des questions ? (Do you have any questions?
  • Quelle partie de la activité a été la plus difficile ? (Which part of the activity was the most difficult?

End of Activity:

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

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can give a suggestion.
  • I can give an order.
  • I can give advice to my friends.

CULTURAL Resources

Watch popular YouTuber Squeezie give his dog commands in this video! It’s a fun way to use the imperative tense.

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