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French Dialogues for Beginners

Teacher Guide by Bridget Baudinet

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Student Activities for Introductory French Dialogues Include:

Introducing students to their first functional vocabulary and conversational French usually requires demonstration through dialogue. Students may read dialogue scenarios in a textbook, listen to sound clips, or view a brief film to first learn how francophones exchange greetings and move through daily life. Once students have been presented with the appropriate vocabulary, storyboards are a great way for them to practice dialogues in a variety of combinations. Use the graphics and text bubbles in endless combinations to allow students to simulate real-life scenarios and conversations.

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Ideas for French Dialogues

Each of the sample dialogues below uses characters and speech bubbles to convey conversation between people. The scenarios provided are suitable for beginning French students in their first few weeks of language instruction. The dialogues include exchanging greetings, ordering food, describing people, and talking about school. Another way for students to practice some of the same essential vocabulary, however, is to include narration in a text box below each image. This can be in addition to or in place of the dialogue. When depicting students on a school bus, for example, students can describe the characters’ names, personalities, and interests as a third-person narrator.

Students might also enjoy being creative with their characters. Perhaps the dialogues could be between animals or their favorite movie characters. The storyboard characters can even be adapted to look like their friends, classmates, and teachers. Small adaptations such as these may increase student engagement. Adjust the assignment directions and rubrics as necessary to account for your teaching preferences.


Essential Questions for Beginning French Dialogues

  1. How do people greet each other in French?
  2. How do people order food in French?
  3. How do people tell about their identity and interests in French?
  4. How do people talk about school and hobbies in French?

Introductory French Dialogues Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

French Greetings


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Some of the most basic vocabulary beginner students will need to practice is the language used in greeting people. Once students have learned the basic expressions for saying “hello”, “goodbye”, and “how are you”, they can use storyboards to reinforce this vocabulary. For this activity, have students create two short storyboard scenarios in which people greet each other in both informal and formal scenarios. After the students have created the storyboards, have them present them to the class as a means of practicing their oral language skills.


Informal French Greetings

S: Salut Jean-Luc!

J-L: Salut Sylvie. Ça va?

S: Ça va bien! Et toi?

J-L: Pas mal.

S: Ciao, Jean-Luc!

J-L: À plus tard!


Formal French Greetings

Directeur: Bonjour Madame Giraud. Je vous présente Monsieur Dubet.

Madame Giraud: Enchantée!

Monsieur Dubet: Comment allez-vous, Madame?

Mme G: Très bien, merci.

Directeur et M. D: Au revoir, Madame.

Mme G: Au revoir, messieurs.


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For this activity, create two short storyboard scenarios in which people greet each other, ask how the other is doing, and then part ways. The first row of storyboards should reflect an informal conversation between two friends or peers. The second should use formal language and depict an appropriately formal scenario. Be prepared to present your scenes to the class.



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Ordering Food in French


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The ability to purchase food and eat in a restaurant is an essential skill for interacting in a foreign country. Beginner students of French will need to know the important phrases for ordering food politely and paying for it appropriately. Use storyboards to have your students practice the necessary dialogue for various dining scenarios. The storyboards should include a character who orders food in a restaurant, interacts with a server politely, and asks the final price before leaving. Students should use text bubbles to capture the interaction and dialogue between the characters. To encourage oral practice, conclude by having students present their scenes to the class, reading the French dialogue aloud. French pronunciation can be difficult for beginners.


Serveur: Bonjour

Jeune fille: Bonjour. Un café, s’il vous plaît.

Jeune fille: Merci.

Serveur: Je vous en prie.

Jeune fille: C’est combien, le café?

Serveur: Trois euros, mademoiselle.

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For this activity, create a storyboard of at least three squares. The storyboard should include a character who orders food in a restaurant, interacts with a server politely when receiving the food, and asks the final price before leaving.Use text bubbles to capture the dialogue between the characters. Be prepared to read your scene aloud.



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Getting to Know You in French


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Use storyboards to have students practice using the important words and phrases necessary for getting to know another person. Vocabulary and grammar demonstrated in this storyboard can include some or all of the following:


  • Words of introduction (je m’appelle…)
  • Question words like qui, , and comment
  • Character traits
  • Nationalities
  • Negatives
  • Basic conjugations of être

Have students write a plausible 4-5 frame dialogue between two people meeting for the first time and discussing themselves or their friends. The length and requirements of the storyboard may vary, depending on the skills your class is focusing on. Conclude the activity by having students present their scenes to the class, reading the French dialogue aloud.


Étienne: Bonjour, je m’appelle Étienne. Je suis français.

Mark: Bonjour, Étienne.Je m’appelle Mark. Tu es de Paris, Étienne?

É: Non, je suis de Nice. Et toi? Tu es d’où?

M: Je suis de New York. Je suis américain.

É: Tu es sportif, Mark?

M: Non, je ne suis pas sportif. Je suis musical.

É: Tu es élève au lycée?

M: Oui, je suis élève dans un lycée au New York.

É: C’est sympa. À plus tard, Mark!

M: Ciao!


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For this activity, you will write a plausible 4-5 frame dialogue between two people meeting for the first time and discussing themselves or their friends. Your dialogue must include words of introduction, at least two character traits, two questions, and at least one use of correct negation.



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French School Vocabulary


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Another topic beginner French students will need to practice is the way they spend their time. This generally includes their life at school and their hobbies at home. Have students practice this vocabulary with storyboard dialogues. Vocabulary and grammar demonstrated in this storyboard can include some or all of the following:


  • Academic subjects
  • Preferences (aimer / ne pas aimer)
  • Telling time
  • Sports and hobbies
  • Conjugations of -ER verbs
  • Questions with est-ce que

Conclude by having students present their scenes to the class, reading the French dialogue aloud.


Dominique: Tu es élève?

Girard: Oui, je suis élève au Lycée Mongasin.

D: Moi aussi. Qui est ton prof de français?

G: Monsieur Boudrine. Il est strict. Il n’est pas très patient.

D: Tu aimes quel cours?

G: J’aime le cours d'algèbre.

D: C’est à quelle heure?

G: J’ai l’algèbre à dix heures et demi.

D: Et qu’est-ce que tu faites après les cours?

G: Je parle avec mes amis et je regarde la télé. Et toi?

D: Moi, j’étudie!


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For this activity, you will create a scene in which characters discuss their day at school. You must include at least two characters and use text bubbles to show their dialogue. Be sure to include the following in your scene:

  • At least two questions
  • References to two different school subjects
  • At least one reference to time
  • Reference to at least two hobbies or pastimes


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