FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES ON THE WEB
The Internet and the World Wide web now offer limitless opportunities to learn about France and its culture, as well as its language. Listed below is a selection of a few of the many sites available for language learning on the internet. These sites are very useful to complement your classroom instruction. Bonne navigation! Apprendre et enseigner avec TV5 www.tv5.org/usa The international cable provider of French television, TV5, has prepared some excellent study guides for learning French through television programs. Click on Langue française, then “Apprendre et Enseigner” : includes “Parler français avec TV5”, “Funambule” and other resources. http://www.tv5.org/TV5Site/lf/langue_francaise.php Interactive portion of their website dedicated to learning French, complete with activities focusing on oral and reading comprehension and cultural exposés to help you discover the rich world of francophonie. Banque d’exercises QUIA http://www.quia.com Produced by Quia (Quintessential Instructional Archive), the leader in online education. Quia helps students learn more by bringing the resources of hundreds of thousands of educators together in one place. BBC :The French Experience http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages/french/index.shtml Online lessons (Real Audio/Shockwave) for upper and intermediate students Bonjour de France http://www.bonjourdefrance.com/ Online journal for language students, created by the Azurlingua School of Nice and the CIEL (Centre international d’Etudes des Langues) de Brest. Discours & Méthode online school http://www.frenchclasses.com Downloadable lessons and magazines for use with your computer and lessons by phone with real teachers in France. E.L. Easton - languages online http://eleaston.com/french.html Index of individual websites providing online language learning opportunities such as activities, flashcards and quizzes. Activities for Foreign Language Classes http://www.clta.net/lessons/ General introduction to web use in the classroom and examples of lessons created by the California Foreign Language Project and the California Language Teachers Association. In English. La France bis http://www.lafrancebis.com/ Clear and fun online dictations about current French culture and lifestyle. Each activity comes with comprehension questions. Videos and links to other French learning sites are also available.
iTunesU http://www.apple.com/education/itunesu Download educational exercises from the top colleges right onto your iPod. Learn French at About http://french.about.com/ A clearing house for language learning resources with dozens of topics, tests, and links to language learning products and services. Le jeu-rallye : Le Tour du Monde en 80 clics http://www.crdp.ac-grenoble.fr/t80/ Lessons in the form of a game which will also test your knowledge in geography. Follow the adventures of Philéas Fogg and Passepartout, heros of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days, while playing this interactive Mapquest adventure. Le quartier français du village planétaire : Centre pédagogique 2 www.richmond.edu/~jpaulsen/pedagog2.html Contains many activities and links Vous voulez rire ? http://www.swarthmore.edu/Humanities/clicnet/rire/index.html Interactive site dedicated to humor, with lesson plans and activities, presented by Carole Netter of Swarthmore College CAVILAM et le plaisir d’apprendre http://www.cavilam.com/fr/index.php Outstanding site produced by the Cavilam language school in Vichy, France. Although this is a site for teachers of French, it is useful for students as well Phonetique http://phonetique.free.fr Phonetique is aimed at learners of French as a foreign language. On these pages, you will be able to hear all the sounds of the French alphabet, and those of the international phonetic alphabet. You will also find exercises to learn how to distinguish between sounds, as well as games to help you practice the sounds and rhythms of the French language. You can navigate on this site as you wish. However if you are using it without the help of a teacher, we advise you to use the sections in the order in which they are presented. In the "Alphabet" section, you will find a presentation of the French alphabet and the international phonetic alphabet, as well as exercises to practice. The "Phonemes" section offers exercises to help you recognize and distinguish between the different vowel sounds, consonants and semi-vowels. The "Other" section offers exercises to practice intonation and liaisons. Finally, in the "Tongue twisters" section, you will find fun pronunciation exercises. Polar FLE http://www.polarfle.com Polar FLE is French taught through a murder mystery, with interactive exercises that provide clues for the solution of the murder, while at the same time reviewing grammar and vocabulary. Grammar is addressed at four different proficiency levels. Target language is used exclusively. Very contemporary, standard French. Lexique FLE http://lexiquefle.free.fr/index Lexique FLE is aimed at learners of French as a foreign language who are absolute beginners. You will discover basic vocabulary through clickable images. It is possible to click on each word as many times as needed to hear the pronunciation. An exercise helps you to memorize and practice all the words presented in the same subject (family members, animals, body and face parts...). You can also download the activities to use it offline. In that case, you will have to select PC/MAC. All pages are free of copyrights for non-commercial use only. Peinture FLE
http://www.peinturefle.ovh.org Learn French through the medium of pictures and paintings. Peinture FLE is aimed at learners and teachers of French as a foreign language who like art. You can navigate on the site as you wish. It is divided into 5 sections :The first one, "Lexique" makes you work on the basic vocabulary required to talk about paintings (forms, colors...), body parts, paintings description, paintings schools... In the second section, "Activités", you are asked to draw following audio instructions, you can work on idiomatic phrases related to colors for example. In the "Rallyes" section, you have to visit other websites to collect information about famous paintings. You can find educational proposals in the "Imaginer" section. At last, we offer different games to practice French such as word search or connecting words together. Le vent en poupe http://www.utas.edu.au/french/language/ventenpoupe/titres.htm Le vent en poupe teaches French broken down into topics from family life and work to more provocative subjects such as racism and immigration. Each chapter features a variety of learning techniques targeted at grammar, vocabulary, conversation, textual analysis and more.
Just for kids !
Little Explorers Picture Dictionary http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/french.shtml One of the best ways to help kids learn French is to provide them with pictures of the words. This dictionary is designed for K-3. The Language Factory http://www.language-factory.co.uk/ Designed to teach kids language through song, rap and rhyme. The Internet Picture Dictionary www.pdictionary.com/french A dictionary for middle through high school kids, with words grouped by topics, such as animals, colors, etc. There are also fun and challenging “Flash cards” and “Fill-in-th-blank” sections.
And don’t forget the language-learning opportunities provided by the online versions of radio, television, newspapers, magazines and online chat rooms: Television :
TF1 www.tf1.fr France2 www.france2.fr France3 www.france3.fr Canal+ www.cplus.fr M6 www.m6.fr Arte www.arte-tv.com La Cinquième www.lacinquieme.fr TV5 http://www.tv5.org Canal Académie http://www.canalacademie.com/
Radio: You may find an extensive index of live radio and television broadcasts at
http://www.comfm.com/ RTL www.rtl.fr RFI www.rfi.fr
Please consult the FIAF library pathfinder “Internet News”
Many internet providers and search engines have international live chat rooms where you may encounter speakers of French. Check out
any of the following: Yahoo chat room http://fr.docs.yahoo.com/chat/chatbylycos.html
MSN http://chat.msn.com/find.msnw?cat=GE&page=1 Google http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=francom
Of interest to language learners
All Things French http://melbelin.com/AllThingsFrench.html A collection of French songs, films, videos, images, language lessons and more created by a student of the Alliance française.