Title C’est à moi 2
Author Janet Lloyd, Teresa Huntley and Nathalie Lawrence
Publisher LCP, 2003
ISBN 1 904178 05 7
Reviewer Gary Woods

C’est à moi 2 is a spiral-bound book consisting of 44 fully photocopiable worksheets aimed at pupils in their second year of learning French, usually in Year 8. The worksheets are ideal to be set as homework, or to be used as fillers at the ends of lessons. At the back of the book there are Teacher’s notes, full answers to each worksheet and suggestions for extension activities for more able pupils. A separate insert cross-references each worksheet to National Curriculum Levels (generally speaking, Level 3 or Level 4) and to the MFL Framework Objectives for Key Stage 3.

This resource is of the high quality that one has come to expect from LCP publications. The worksheets are well laid-out and very clear, the vast majority of them have some illustration to make them more visually attractive and the different activities on each worksheet are clearly numbered. The majority of the worksheets aim to consolidate and practise vocabulary, and many of the topics that the worksheets cover will be familiar to teachers of French in Year 8, whatever main textbook they are using with their class; the worksheets cover countries and nationalities, numbers, weather phrases, household chores, shops and directions, means of transport, clothes and school uniform and restaurant and café language, to name but a few topics. Some of these worksheets could be used with a more able group in Year 7 as a revision of language recently taught. Occasionally, a worksheet deals with more complicated lexical items, such as the environment or formal and informal language used in letters and on the telephone, and these worksheets might be more suitable for Year 9. In general, however, the vocabulary content of the worksheets seems about right for Year 8. The format of the worksheets tends to follow a pattern, with the first activity practising the vocabulary and a subsequent exercise asking pupils to write sentences in a guided way. Pupils are therefore exposed to more straightforward exercises before more open-ended ones.

Some of the worksheets are concerned more explicitly with grammatical forms, particularly dealing with those grammatical points often encountered in Year 8 – aller + infinitive, the partitive article, adjectival agreement, the perfect tense (both with avoir and être), quantities and negatives. These worksheets make a welcome change from the unremitting diet of vocabulary and would be particularly good as revision worksheets or as consolidation homeworks. Once again, pupils are guided from more structured to more open-ended activities.

This book of worksheets should prove its worth for many years to come in allowing teachers to set meaningful homeworks, deal with cover lesson emergencies and provide quick lesson fillers. There are just one or two occasions, however, when the worksheets will date – one of them, for example, refers to both Tony Blair and David Beckham, and one must ask oneself how long these two men will remain household names… That notwithstanding, this worksheet pack ties in well with all the main Year 8 French courses and would find a welcome place in any modern languages department’s book room.