Activity 1

Let’s break the ice!

Option 2: Common points

Speak English in the classroom (rabats d'ouverture et de fin)

Listen and repeat 3
Each / every person in our group does…
Each of us likes... Everyone hates…
All four / five of us love...
We all think that…
We agree on the fact that…
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Work in groups of four or five. Your mission is to find at least five non-physical things that each group member has in common with the other members. Talk amongst yourselves and ask questions.

Take notes and be ready to share your list with the class. Once time is up, the group with the longest list wins.

Tip: if you manage to speak only English, you can get bonus points!

Grammar in progress

Poser une question

(mot interrogatif) + auxiliaire + sujet + verbe (+ complément)

What do you do in your free time?
What is your nationality? I am...
Who is your favourite singer?
Do you enjoy listening to music?

Précis grammatical p. 281

Listen and repeat 2
I like listening to...
I enjoy doing…
I’m addicted to…
I’m good / excellent at…
I hate + V-ING
My favourite… is…
I’m scared of…
I’d love to try…
What about you?

Listen and repeat 4
Me too / I do this as well.
Same for me! Great, me too!
No way! I’m exactly the same.
Awesome! / Fantastic!
We have so much in common


Listen and repeat 1
I am 14 / she is 13 years old.
I live in (+ city / neighbourhood).
I was born on + day / in + month / year.
I have two brothers and a sister.
I’m an only child.
I have a twin brother.

Option 1: Speed meeting

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In pairs, prepare five open questions to learn more about your classmate. Ex: “What do you do in your free time?”, “What is your favourite dinner?”… Write them on a piece of paper.

Participate in a class meeting. Prepare questions to ask your new classmates.

Useful vocabulary: I would really like to sit next to…
We will help each other / collaborate.
We will not chat / We won’t talk.
We get on well / We make a good team.
We complement each other well.
I think I can trust her / him because…

Your time to shine!

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Choose who you want to sit next to this year. Then write a short message (80-100 words) to your English teacher to present your request (that you want to sit next to this person in English class). Be convincing!

Numérique !

Plus de témoignages d'élèves anglophones lors de leur 1er jour d'école :

Option 3: Group challenge! School photo contest

Speak English in the classroom (rabats d'ouverture et de fin)


  • proud of (adj.)
  • similarly / likewise (adv.)
  • wear a uniform / wear casual clothes (exp.)
  • flag (n.)
  • enjoy / have fun (v.)
  • look alike ≠ look different (v.)
  • Culture note

    Students usually have to wear uniforms in the United Kingdom, and in many countries which used to be part of the British Empire (for example in India, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria…).

    Your time to shine!

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    Take a group photo to represent your school and its specificities.

    Tip: No need to show your faces on the photo.

    Work together to present it orally to the rest of the class. Explain your choices.

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    Look at this photo. What strikes you?

    Watch the video to learn more about school in the UK and in the US.
    a. What are the differences between the British and the American systems? Find three examples.

    b. Which similarities and differences with the French system can you find? Justify your answer.

    c. Would you like to study in these systems? Why or why not?

    Useful vocabulary: Unlike us... / Contrary to us...
    They look / seem...
    I have the feeling that...
    It reminds me of...


    School! British VS American! | Evan Edinger & Emma Blackery, 2015.

    Drapeau anglais
     15-16 yo  Year 11 / GCSE  Sophomore  Year 10
     16-17 yo  Year 12  Junior  Year 11
     17-18 yo  A-levels  Senior  Year 12

    Grammar in progress

    Les temps du présent

    Présent simple : verbe (-s à la 3e personne du singulier)
    → habitude, vérité générale.
    Ex : They live (he lives)...

    Présent be + V-ing → description d'une action précise (en cours de déroulement).
    Ex : They are crossing their arms.
    Précis grammatical p. 272
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