Here’s a Perdu au Louvre digital escape game for passé composé vs imparfait that is a fun way to learn about French history and culture AND practice the difference between the verb tenses at the same time! Your friend has been the victim of mistaken identity and is now being held hostage in the Louvre. In order to free him, you’ll have to use your French skills.
To find the keys to free the friend, students will have to answer questions based on a video and a written passage, plus practice using both the passé composé and imparfait. Activities are in French, with a little bit of English to help make things clear. Includes both avoir and être as helping verbs, regular and irregular verbs.
This Digital escape game for passé composé vs imparfait includes a detailed teacher instruction guide with answer key and a link to access the site. Students will need access to the Internet/YouTube in order to play the game. Students will enjoy this game as a fun way of practicing the formation and usage of both tenses.
A summary of what’s included:
- teacher’s guide with instructions and answer key
- access to the game website
- reading activity – find the number of instances of the passé composé vs imparfait
- conjugation activity – choose whether to use the passé composé or imparfait and conjugate the verb
- reading activity – read a biographical article and answer the question
- listening activity – watch and listen to a short video abotu the Louvre and choose which verb you heard – the passé compoé or the imparfait
- reading activity – read the directions and follow a map to find where your friend is being held
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My students loved this activity and finished it in under an hour working in teams of 3. The link was blocked by our school firewall, so I would recommend testing it out from a student computer before class, so you have time for IT to give it permissions. We lost a bit of time waiting to get it working. Other than that it worked perfectly, except the answer key says the answer for lock 2 is 16/5 and this is not correct, should be 17/5 in the teacher copy. Thanks for an amazing resource!! – Susan P.
This was my saving grace while teaching the passé composé and imparfait. I struggled to teach it, and this digital escape room was “actually fun,” according to one of my students. This activity helped solidify their skills, and I will definitely use it again. – Whitney P.
My students had SO much fun with this activity! They got so into it, and it really brought out their competitive side as I used it for a class-wide competition. I would definitely recommend this as excellent review. – Erika Curtis
My grade 12 Core students loved this escape room! It was a little tricky at times, but we worked on some of the clues together. All in all, they had a fantastic experience. Thank you for creating such a wonderful resource! – FLE with Mme D
Miranda Jaster (verified owner) –
This was great practice for my Level 3 students. A couple notes from me for improvement – for the listening activity, since it was multiple choice and told them when they were wrong, they just clicked the opposite answer and completed it without watching the video. Also, they were daunted by the fact that the video was so long. Perhaps you could make it clear they only have to watch ___ minutes of the video so they’re less likely to give up right away, and consider making the listening quiz a “type your answer” quiz. You could give the options in the question so it’s still more guided, but make them type it in so they have to think a little more than just blindly clicking. Secondly, in the painting description, you have 2 conflicting answers in the teacher’s manual for a monté vs. est monté. I also wondered about the answer being “deux personnes ont levé” instead of “deux personnes se sont levés.” Finally, the description of the task in English on the home page didn’t make sense to me – what did you mean by “the friend who was kidnapped isn’t the same friend”? Overall a great resource, those are just the issues that tripped us up and could be improved upon. Merci!
Thank you so much for your feedback! I’ve updated the clue page for the video so students will know that they only need to watch 3 minutes. The reason for it just being a select the answer rather than write the answer on that one is so that it is listening focused rather than writing – since there are other activities in the game that do require them to form the verb form, I wanted this one to just focus on listening skills. Some students will likely just click until they find the correct answer, but I’m hoping that most will at least attempt to listen and do the activity. I also update the instructions on the home page and in the teacher pdf – if you download the file again, you should see the corrections.