A-level French listening: Johnny Hallyday, une vraie icône

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Contributor: Rosie Monnington
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This A-level French listening resource about rock icon Johnny Hallyday is designed to help students to improve their listening skills and develop their understanding of the role of French music in today’s society.

Johnny Hallyday, who died in 2017, played a huge role in developing the contemporary music culture in France.

There are two online video clips to watch: one about his funeral in Paris and the other about the man himself.

Activities include:

  • matching vocabulary to English equivalents and French synonyms
  • V/F/ND questions in the style of the AQA listening exam
  • comprehension questions
  • a gap-fill exercise
  • a summary writing task.

The suggested answer to the summarising task:

Johnny Hallyday, l’un des chanteurs préférés des Français, est mort le 6 décembre 2017 à 74 ans. Il était devenu l’idole des jeunes Français en leur faisant découvrir le rock n’roll, qu’ils adoraient. Sa carrière a duré environ 60 ans. Il a vendu plus de 110 000 000 disques. Ses fans adoptaient son style: un blouson de cuir, des lunettes noires et les tatouages. Il était une véritable bête de scène. Malgré ça il était resté sans prétention.

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