French Lesson Plan- Getting Around The City

French Lesson Plan- Getting Around The City

Getting around a city you're new to is not always easy. All cities use slang and have particularities as locals. The worst thing is to feel left out and confused. This lesson plan will help you to learn the ins and outs of getting around in Montreal. You will be a pro soon enough!

Greeting activity (5-10 min)

The first section of this lesson will simulate approaching someone in public to ask a question. Whether it is a stranger on the street from whom you are looking for directions or someone at the STM desk where you are getting an OPus card. Everyone will walk around in random directions in an agreed upon area as if the world was a circle and everyone is just walking around it, changing direction frequently. Half of the group will be assigned the role of the person with a question and everyone else will be people going about their business. Then after a couple minutes everyone will switch.

From experiencing Montreal as a newcomer, I understand the first-hand intimidation that comes along with the looks you get when you approach someone without a quebecois accent. People will even switch to English before your interaction is over. This activity will hopefully increase confidence with speaking French to people that students don’t know.

Excuse me!

Je m’excuse.
I apologize. (a polite way to apologize or get someone’s attention)

J’ai un petit question.
I have a small question.

Puis-je te demander quelque chose?
Can I ask you something?

Main Activity (15-20 min)

Keep trying in French no matter if the person you are interacting with switches to English. Practice, practice, practice, and you will be able to have conversations in French. The key is to push past the anxiety and try your best even if you mess up because that is a part of learning!

Being able to ask for directions is important when you come to a new city. Here are some easy phrases to use while getting around Montreal.

Savez-vous où se trouve le métro?
Do you know where the metro is?

Puis-je avoir un billet de bus?
Can I have a bus ticket?

Pouvez-vous me diriger vers la rue McGill?
Can you direct me towards McGill street?

Communicating with people who work at stores, shopping centres is essential to keep up your practice. You have so many opportunities to ask questions!

Est-ce que vous avez _____ (du fromage, une taille différente, etc.) ?
Do you have _____ (cheese, a different size, etc)?

Où puis-je trouver _____ (les produits de nettoyage, l'allée des aliments pour animaux de compagnie, maquillage).
Where can I find___ (cleaning products, the pet food aisle, make up).

You can practice French in lines at cafes or waiting for the bus. If someone is not receptive its okay, but keep trying and you will improve.

Pensez-vous qu'il va pleuvoir?
Do you think it is going to rain?

Le bus est en retard?
Is the bus late?

J'aime ton manteau.
I like your coat.

Closing Activity (5 min)

C'était un plaisir de vous rencontrer.
It was nice to meet you.

Merci de votre aide.
Thanks for your help.

Bonne journée.
Have a good day.

Blog post author: Sophia
Author: Sophia
Sophia is an International Development student at McGill University and she is passionate about education, the environment, and social justice.
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