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Learning and teaching French: Examples and resources

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BEFORE you start reading - please note that all the links (shown in green text) in this blog post go to examples, sites and tools,

If you are learning or teaching French you are likely to find some of these ideas and resources of interest. There is definitely a trend to empowering learners to create their own multimedia artefacts, and to collaborate, not only as a class or local group, but also on projects with learners across the world. Multimedia tools are being used by teachers to create content, as well as to capture learners' voices in creative approaches. The fostering of thinking skills is also catered for with interactive, often inquiry-based activities.

Voicethread is being used extensively for language learning and teaching, and some example of Voicethreads in action are: L'art francais, French for maths, To find out more about Voicethreads, click HERE.

For listening and visual resources, the French Listening Resources Page offers a variety of podcasts and videos. The BBC also have a wide range of multimedia resources for learning French at beginner and intermediate levels - for example, there are 10 online topics based on the 20-part TV series that build on the absolute basics of Talk French. With French in a click learners can access topic-based modules with exercises, explanation and activities, play interactive language games for free online (but you need to be a member to hear the audio), find out about French grammar and vocabulary, and use the online dictionary.

For the New Zealand context (and recommended by Janey Nolan from this community) you may find the ideas and resources on the "French" site useful. There are opportunities to share as well as collaborate.

Screen shot from the NZ teachers "French" site

If you are keen on reusable learning objects, you may find this one useful for your learners (click HERE to access the RLO). This listening is for intermediate level learners, and covers meeting and describing someone. The objective is understanding cultural differences and French etiquette, by watching a video clip and completing the quiz.

Teaching French at school? For primary students there are links to sound files, songs, newsletters, podcasts, and lesson plans on a range of common topics. For teachers of slightly older students there are movies, stories and letters, grammar explanations and activities, and worksheets.

If you are looking for a comprehensive annotated list of links to resources is the place to go. There are links to the usual worksheets, quizzes and Powerpoints, as well as to ready-created multimedia resources. The Free Language site also has links to French learning podcasts, TV, videos, and communities.

There are also sites that offer complete, free courses in French. The Word to Word site lists about 10 such sites, and if you click here this link will take you to an example of one such course.

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Comment by pascal on March 25, 2014 at 9:32

Hard to say, to tell the truth. The site is free and no registration, but the students are nice and write to me from time to time to say thank you. Depending on their level, Teachers find useful the exercises written in HTML5 and advanced learners like the easy way I explain French grammar. :)

Comment by Hazel Owen on March 19, 2014 at 16:20

@Pascal - thanks for sharing this really neat initiative. Looking at the feedback you are getting a lot of participants are learning heaps, and getting a lot out of what you are offering.

I wonder if I might ask a few questions, please?

How many people are involved as learners? (You may not know...)

How many people are involved as facilitators?

What would you say that learners find most valuable? Why do you this is so?

I look forward to reading your responses :-)

Comment by pascal on March 13, 2014 at 2:05

You may find useful my websites to learn French for free, is with vocabulary, videos, games, French expressions for beginners and advanced level students
and is for news in English and in French with audio. 
Thank you, 
Best Regards, 
Pascal d'Hervé
Comment by Hazel Owen on January 21, 2014 at 8:04
Ah ha...that's a great idea...hadn't thought of that one. I'll put that on the list. Thanks, Pascale :-)
Comment by Pascale Hyboud-Peron on January 21, 2014 at 7:48

Well I was just thinking that believe it or not and thought something as a "one stop list" to support getting started with coding/computer programming with students could be good, there is such a wealth out there!

Comment by Hazel Owen on January 21, 2014 at 7:45
Thanks heaps, Rachel and Pascale for sharing your resources. There is so much available, and a great willingness to share :-) I was thinking of putting together some similar 'grab bag' links for resources around other learning foci...any ideas what might be useful?
Comment by Rachel Whalley on December 30, 2013 at 16:53

Pascale does a fantastic job maintaining the French Teachers listserv. Recommend you join this for ongoing conversation and new links etc (Instructions Pascale for joining this listserv?)

Also you can dip into the VLN Primary School French resources here 

Comment by Pascale Hyboud-Peron on December 19, 2013 at 22:01

Great compilation, thanks Hazel, I ll sure feature this entry with the French teachers' Community!

The link to the NZ French resources website is

Thanks for reading.

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