Let yourself be charmed!
This is one of the skills our students sometimes find difficult to master. Yet I feel they are more skillful than they think ! Just read what my 2nde students were able to write by the end of May. It was an "In the style of" exercise.
Here is the original text, found in their textbook, New Meeting Point 2nde, page 196.
I asked my students to choose a city, town or village they liked and to introduce it in the style of this paragraph. Enjoy !
This is a little city in the south of France, in front of St Topez, not far from Cannes. There are prints of a lot of sports players with their names. In this city, we can eat all the specialties from the sea, like mussels. Every year many people come from all over the world to admire the procession organized in the honour of WW2 Landing. To join another city on the coast, we can use the boat. At any time, there is always a very good atmosphere. The inhabitants are welcoming and warm. We can see a beautiful landscape thanks to the sea, the pine trees and the hills. This is Sainte-Maxime!
Victoire and Justine
This city is the city of lights. This place is inescapable. This is the centre of fashion. This is tourists in front of the Eiffel Tower and the most fabulous monuments you can visit. This the Champs-Elysées Avenue: The most famous street in the world. This is the best baguette and frog legs. This is Coco Chanel's clothes and perfumeries selling goods around the world. This is huge department stores. This is Montmartre and Rue de la Paix. It's cheering the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. It's Paris.
Alain, Charlotte and Eléonore
It's a European city. The city of love, the city of culture, the capital of France. It's the heart of France. A city densely populated with 10 million inhabitants. This is the city of the revolution and the city of evolution now. The city where there are many sport events. The Eiffel Tower and its illuminations. This is the most visited city of lights. Everywhere you go, you can eat in a bar. This is the city of fashion. Famous and fabulous monuments. Cars, planes, buses, subway, RER tube, trains, all the means of transport we can use. This is a cocktail of modernity and old times. This is Paris.
Anaïs and Safiye
It isn't a little city ; it's a big city ; it's the angels' city. This is Clippers in Staple Center. This is Californian wine and donuts. This is Beverly Hills and Hollywood with all the famous stars. This is Venice's beach with surfers and big waves. This is the E3 with new technology. This is the Walk of Fame. This is the place to be, an important place for movies. People go to parties, get a tan. This is cool, impressive. This is Los Angeles.
Alexis and Théo
This is not just any city. This is the city of Champagne. This is the place where many kings were crowned. This is the big city of Champagne-Ardennes Region. This is the most fabulous football matches you can see in Reims Stadium. This is Fossier biscuits. This is Notre-Dame Cathedral. This music at the Conservatoire. This is many stores in Vesle Street. This is using the train, the bus or the tramway. This is Croix-Rouge. People moving, going. Stress and happiness. This is many trees, parks and the canal. This is a lively city and happy people. This is the centre of France. This is Reims.
Julie and Gaétane
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