I find that reading comprehensions contain an absolute wealth of information that students could use to great effect. If reading comprehensions were really used to their absolute potential, they would provide a very rich training ground for our students. I know that in the Leaving cert exam, students must read a text for understanding, but I also believe the material offered in reading comprehensions could be used to teach so much more. The following is a reading on the housing crisis in Ireland. You might like to use the following strategies to make reading so much more than just understanding the gist of the text.
As any French teacher will tell you, verbs are integral part of language learning, and this point is really pertinent in the study of the French language, where there are so many irregular verbs. In order to do well in the leaving certificate French exam, you will need to have a thorough understanding of verbs, and have the ability to switch from tense to tense.
The following is an extract taken from one of our reading practice pieces. The original piece contains four sections, but we have given you the first section to practice with. In this reading piece, which is on the housing crisis on Ireland, you are presented with part of the text, with the accompanying verbs. You attempt to put the verb into the tense being asked, and don’t worry, the solutions are found at the end of the blog, but try and do them first without peeking!
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LA CRISE DU LOGEMENT – THE HOUSING CRISIS
La crise du logement en Irlande est une dure réalité à laquelle sont confrontés tous les expatriés fraîchement débarqués. Détermination et réactivité sont de mise pour trouver un toit, notamment dans les grandes villes du pays. Ce à quoi je n’avais pas pensé quand je me suis décidée à partir vivre en Irlande, c’est que la recherche d’appartement pourrait être compliquée. J’aurais dû me renseigner, parce que c’est en fait une grosse galère. Parcours du combattant de tous les nouveaux arrivants, la recherche de logement à Cork ou à Dublin est souvent la première étape de l’expatriation, mais en Irlande, c’est aussi surtout la plus compliquée.
Des loyers exorbitants
D’abord, le prix des loyers…
TRY TO PUT THE VERB INTO THE CORRECT TENSE
|Être||To be||It is|
|Confronter||To confront||He confronted|
|Débarquer||To land||They will land|
|Trouver||To find||I found|
|Avoir||To have||We used to have|
|Penser||To think||They (m) are thinking|
|Décider||To decide||You decide|
|Partir||To leave||She left|
|Vivre||To live||He will live|
|Pouvoir||To be able to||They used to be able to|
|Devoir||To have to||We have to|
|Se renseigner||To enquire||She enquired|
NOW CHECK TO SEE IF YOU KNOW YOUR VERBS!
|Être||To be||It is||Il est|
|Confronter||To confront||He confronted||Il a confronté|
|Débarquer||To land||They will land||Ils débarqueront|
|Trouver||To find||I found||J’ai trouvé|
|Avoir||To have||We used to have||Nous avions|
|Penser||To think||They (m) are thinking||Ils pensent|
|Décider||To decide||You decide||Tu décides|
|Partir||To leave||She left||Elle est partie|
|Vivre||To live||He will live||Il vivra|
|Pouvoir||To be able to||They used to be able to||Ils pouvaient|
|Devoir||To have to||We have to||Nous devons|
|Se renseigner||To enquire||She enquired||Elle s’est renseignée|
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