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Teaching resources for GCSE and A Level French

These French resources from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) UK are free and can be downloaded for use in the classroom with GCSE and A-Level French speakers.

GCSE resources

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MSF en Haiti

mirlanda >

These two worksheets are based on the story of Mirlanda, a young girl injured in the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and treated by MSF. It provides preparation for the exercise in the A Level French section.

josie >

These three worksheets are based on interviews with Josie, an English nurse, who set up a temporary children’s hospital in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake in Haiti.

MSF en affiches

msf en affiches >

This series of posters in French illustrates aspects of the work of MSF, such as the use of an inflatable field tent, treatment of malnutrition and the transport of vaccines to the field. Each poster is accompanied by comprehension activities for students.

10 moyens d'atteindre les patients

teacher's instructions > guided notes for students > script >

This package of resources consists of teacher's notes to guide speaking and writing exercises, a student worksheet, and a transcript, based on the above video - Top 10 Ways We Reach Our Patients. 

Vivez votre premiere mission

premiere mission >

Building on a video about a nurse's first mission, this resource facilitates students' listening, writing (with an emphasis on passé composé), and speaking skills. 

A-Level French resources

These short videos are each accompanied by a transcript and an exercise.

Click on the boxes below to access the exercises.

1. Association humanitaire: MSF >

This topic is in three parts: Présentation des activities de MSF, Conflicts armés, catastrophes naturelles, Myanmar.

2. VolontaireS >

Valérie, a midwife, describes her work as a volunteer with MSF.

3. les riches et les pauvreS >

This section looks at the impact of war on people across the world.

4. santE >

This section looks at how MSF responds to three infectious diseases in Africa: HIV/AIDS, malaria and Ebola.

5. mirlanDA >

In this section, we meet a young survivor of the Haiti earthquake, and find out about her injuries and treatment.

We have tried to ensure that the content is suitable and the language accessible.

Global challenges

The films illustrate challenges facing the global community and encourage the discussion of wider social issues. The resources can be used by schools wishing to promote cross curricular collaboration since there are links to Science, Geography, Maths, RE, English and ICT.

Our aim is to provide authentic sources which will be engaging for students. We would also like to raise awareness of MSF’s work in the field and show young people the circumstances and challenges faced by their contemporaries in the wider world.

More videos in French are available at msf.fr/actualite/videos

Attention French Teachers! Are you a teacher who uses these resources in the classroom? If so, we would love to hear your feedback, good or bad, to help us keep improving our resources. Please click here to send us an e-mail with your thoughts.

Look out for more French resources from MSF on the Times Educational Supplement website