French Level 4, Activity 13: Un pitch de film / A Film Pitch (Online)

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Description: In this activity students will practice talking about French films, and then practice pitching an original film idea of their own.
Semantic Topics: french films, movies, film ideas, french, films, français, créer une histoire, create a story

Products: Movies, Films

Practices: Watching movies

Perspectives: Directors tend to be more famous than actors in France, and films are usually described first with the director and secondly with the main characters and actors. They are seen as artists!

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 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through francophone cultures.
  • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of francophone cultures and their own.

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.
  • CLTR 2.1: Analyze the significance of a product (art, music, literature, etc…) in a target culture.
  • CLTR 2.2: Describe the connections of products from the target culture with the practices and perspectives of the culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about French films.
  • I can describe an original film idea in French.
  • I can share my ideas and opinions with my peers.

Materials Needed:


1. Begin the activity by opening the Google presentation and introducing the Can-Do statements.


2. Ask the students these questions:

  • Quel est votre genre de film préféré ? (What is your favorite genre of movie?)
  • Avez-vous déjà regardé un film français? Lequel/lesquels ? (Have you ever seen a French film? If so, which one(s)?)

Main Activity

1. Have the students start by watching these two movie trailers (bande-annonce de film):

Vous allez regarder 2 bande-annonce de film.


2. Here are a few reflection questions for them to think about while watching:

Pensez à ces question en regardant les bandes-annonces

  • Quelle est l’intrigue générale du film ? (What is the general plot of the film?)
  • Quels éléments rendent ce film intéressant ? (What elements make this film seem interesting?)
  • Voudriez-vous regarder ce film ? (Would you watch this film?)


3. After watching, students are going to create an original film idea of their own. *This can be done with partners via breakout rooms or individually.

Maintenant, vous allez créer une idée pour un nouveau film avec un(e) partenaire ou individuellement.

Questions to think about: (slide 8)

Pensez à ces questions quand vous formulez votre idée :

  • Quel genre de film est-il ? (What genre of film is it?)
  • Qui sont les personnages principaux ? (Who are the main characters?)
  • Qu’est-ce qui se passe pendant le film ? (What happens during the film?)
  • Pourquoi quelqu’un devrait-il regarder ce film ? (Why should someone watch this film?)


4. After about 7-10 minutes, have the students present their film ideas to the rest of the group. *Encourage them to treat this as a type of film pitch.

Puis, vous allez la partager avec la classe.


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

  • Quelle est votre idée de film préférée de cette activité ? Expliquez pourquoi. (What’s your favorite film idea from this activity? Why?)

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 French films.
  • I can describe an original film idea in French.
  • I can share my ideas and opinions with my peers.

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