🏠French Level 2, Activity 12: La maison / Home life (Online)

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Description: In this activity, students will be talking about their living situation- where they live, who they live with, if they live at a house, apartment, etc. Students will also practice buying furniture for their home.
Semantic Topics: home, living, shopping, furniture, maison, faire du shopping, meubles, choices, les choix

Products: Homes

Practices: Living in homes, what type of home people choose to buy

Perspectives: The French typically have smaller homes than Americans, and most French people live in either apartments or duplexes!

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

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 talk about my current living situation.
  • I can talk about furniture and their prices.
  • I can recognize the difference between furniture from my culture and the French speaking world.

Materials Needed: 


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

Aujourd’hui nous allons parler de nos domiciles et rechercher les meubles sur les site-webs. (Today, we are going to talk about our homes and search for furniture on websites.)


2. Discuss these questions with your students:

  • Habitez-vous dans un appartement, une maison, dans une résidence universitaire ou ailleurs ? (Do you live in an apartment, a house, a dorm or elsewhere?)
  • Habitez-vous avec vos parents ? Votre partenaire ? Vos amis ? (Do you live with your parents? Your partner? Your friends?)
  • Avez-vous un balcon ? Un garage ? (Do you have a balcony? A garage?)
  • Aimez-vous décoré vos pièces ? (Do you like to decorate your rooms?)

Main Activity

1. Show the students slides 4-6 and introduce three different popular furniture stores throughout the Francophone world.

  • Slide 4: EQ3 est un magasin de meubles ayant des succursales à travers le Canada. Les prix sont dans la moyenne. (EQ3 in Quebec, there are several locations throughout Canada. Prices tend to be average.)
  •  Slide 5: Leroy Merlin est en France. Il y en a plusieurs à travers l’Europe. Les gens font du shopping là puisque les prix sont similaires à ceux de Walmart. (Leroy Merlin in France. There are several locations throughout Europe. People tend to shop here because it is cheaper. Prices could be compared to those at Walmart in the U.S.) 
  • Slide 6: Nova Home est en Haïti. Il y a un seul magasin à Port-au-Prince. Les prix sont similaires à ceux d’IKEA. (Nova Home, Haiti. One location in Port-au-Prince. Prices could be compared to IKEA.)



2. Students are going to practice buying furniture for their home. They will be given a budget for their living room and bedroom. They must carefully decide which items they would buy without going over the budget amount.

Aujourd’hui nous allons acheter des meubles pour nos domiciles! Je vais vous donner un budget pour la salle de séjour et votre chambre. Vous allez choisir des meubles parmi les choix, mais vous ne devez pas dépasser le budget! 


3. Go through slides 7-10 and have students say which items they would buy within the budget and why.

Après avoir choisi vos meubles, dites “pourquoi” vous les avez choisis.


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

  • Où est-ce que tu achètes les meubles pour ta chambre ? (Where do you buy furniture for your room?)
  • Quel est le plus important ? La qualité ou le prix ? (What is more important? The quality of the price?)

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 talk about my current living situation.
  • I can talk about furniture and their prices.
  • I can recognize the difference between furniture from my culture and the French speaking world.

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