Week of 10th September

Everyone got great results in the vocabulary tests last week so keep up the good work! Your ICD grammar lessons are now on this site so take a look and start doing practice exercises for your tests next week.

THIS WEEK’S JOKER = Write FIVE phrases, each using a word from vocabulary list 2.

Don’t forget it’s the school photos this Tuesday, and if you want an extra « appui » English class for Friday afternoon ask me before Wednesday lunch.


C’est La Rentrée!!!


Can’t wait to see you all on Thursday, I just know we’re going to have a brilliant year together so before we start, let’s get a few things clear –


  1. We’re in this together, the whole class is there to help you learn, so ask for help and help others when they need it.


2. I LOVE mistakes! How else can you learn what is right? NEVER,NEVER be afraid of getting anything wrong in my class – the more mistakes you make, the more you learn!

3. Everyone has a second (and third, and fourth… chance!) so if you do something wrong – don’t worry about it, fix it instead! For example if you forget your homework or books then you have two jokers – free excuses where it’s ok to forget stuff. If you need another joker then check out this site or ask me what you need to do to get another one!

FIRST JOKER OR THE YEAR! – Draw a postcard and write a paragraph or two about your holidays and give it to Mrs Harris!

Finally, remember I’m always here for you and ready to help or answer any questions you or your parents have!


New Week, New Joker


(Hope this make you want to come on the next school trip; we had a FABULOUS time!)

Hi! I haven’t seen many of you for a week as I was in Dublin, come and ask about the rip if you didn’t go!

The school year is not finished yet and it’s time to get to work to improve your marks and revise for the end-of-year exams.

Many of you have used your jokers and it is better to spend Friday in appui, not in detention! So here is this weeks joker:


– ex for 5ème ICD 1 – I am 15, I can play the piano, English is great – I love it


Welcome to Our Open Day!

Saturday 28th April is Open Day at Lycée Topffer, do come along and say hello, whether you are already a student, an old student our anyone in the Geneva region who would like to come by and say hi!

You can see all the wonderful work and projects our students have done this year – and here in Room 8 (The English classroom) we have cookies and cakes prepared by Mrs Gauderlot and her 6ème!

Exam revision tips ( and an extra joker!)


I hope you’re enjoying your holidays – but don’t forget the exams are coming up, so here’s some tips to help you revise, and not just for your English exams!

  1. Plan ahead and don’t just revise the night before, you learn something better 4 X 30 minutes than 2 hours just before the exam.

2. Reread & practice your old tests – LOTS OF TEACHERS USE THE SAME EXERCISES IN THE EXAMS!!

3. Practice, don’t just read! Research says we should « learn » for 20% of the time and test ourselves for the other 80%, do exercises from the end of chapter & back of the book, use quizlet, do exercises online at anglaisfacile, ask people to test you.

4. Make notes of the important information, don’t just re-read it.

5. Highlighting in coloured pens is pretty, but you learn much better by making notes and testing yourself than by decorating your work!

6. For your English exams you must revise everything we’ve done since September – grammar, vocabulary and themes.

7. Bring me the notes you make to revise for English and you’ll get an extra joker!

8. Good Luck! – there’s no need to panic, revise a little and often, and remember eating well, a little exercise and plenty of sleep are the best ways to succeed!