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Online Resource Lists:
French Radio Programmes French TV Websites French Newspapers and Magazines Online dictionaries General Information Learning Materials Politics Science
French Radio Programmes
Radio France http://www.radiofrance.fr/ French state radio website with details of all radio programmes , with podcasts and reading material. Useful for keeping abreast of current affairs in France. RFI http://www.rfi.fr/lffr/statiques/accueil_apprendre.asp Radio France Internationale An international radio site, with programmes in easy French, listening exercises with answers and transcripts. Radio Canada.ca http://www.radio-canada.ca/ Up to the minute news and live broadcasts. Others:http://www.europe1.fr/ http://www.rtl.fr/ http://www.rmc.fr/
French TV Websites
TV5MONDE www.tv5.org TV5MONDE is the International TV channel in French. “7 jours sur la planète” is a weekly news program online for free at www.tv5.org/7jours. PLUS free online dossiers to learn and/or teach with this program and others at www.tv5.org. Canal+ http://www.canalplus.fr/ The newest and possibly the most young and hip TV channel. It includes features on popular culture, sport, fashion, media and entertainment.
French Television http://www.francetv.fr/ Large site for TV channels France 2, 3, 5 and Ô. Includes programmes, previews, reviews, its own news pages with current affairs, sports pages, and also a page with cartoons and animations. All very high quality, and a good way to get an idea of what life in France is like today. TF1 http://www.tf1.fr/ Official site of one of the major popular state-run channels in France. The site contains programmes, interviews with actors and celebrities, TV guide, news section, documentaries section, etc. Relatively easy to read, many short texts presented in a lively way. Others:http://www.arte.tv/fr/70.html
French Newspapers and Magazines
Agence-France Presse http://www.afp.com/afpcom/fr
French National Press Agency here provides reports of news as it breaks anywhere in the world. News available in French, English, Arabic, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Cahiers du Cinéma http://www.cahiersducinema.com/site.php3 An index of journal articles on French cinema. Canoë http://fr.canoe.ca/index.html The website of the Quebecois Journal de Montreal. Includes current affairs, sports news, entertainment, articles on health, travel, life-style, etc. L’Express http://www.lexpress.fr/ Weekly news and current affairs magazine in French language. Contains synopsis of the week's events in France and in the world, features on current affairs, cultural guide, etc. Le Mensuel http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/news/index.shtml A monthly audio magazine with topical reports, transcripts, quizzes and other materials. Le Monde http://www.lemonde.fr/ Online version of the most prestigious and best known French newspaper. Includes daily news on current regional, national and international affairs, sport, culture, and developments of broader issues like the E.U., the environment, science and technology. Le Monde Diplomatique http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/ The French left-wing monthly paper online, including translations in German, Italian, English, Spanish and Mexican Spanish with back issues online.
Libération http://www.liberation.fr/ The online version of the French daily newspaper. Sud Ouest http://www.sudouest.com/ The online version of the Bordeaux-based newspaper. Paris Match http://www.parismatch.com/ The French glossy picture magazine online.
Dictionnaire de français ‘Littré’ http://littre.reverso.net/dictionnaire-francais/ Online dictionary based on the great 19th century French language dictionary compiled by Emile Littré. French Business Dictionary http://www.projetdafa.net/ Easily accessible and user-friendly online French business dictionary, with translations into and from many other languages including English. General and technical dictionaries http://www.linux-france.org/prj/jargonf/general/liens.html#listes Links to on-line dictionaries, monolingual and bi-lingual, including general language, information technology and "le jargon". Glossary of Internet-related terms http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/dglf/ressources/lexiques/internet.htm A highly specialised glossary compiled by an official E.U. translator of English terms in the field of the Internet translated into French. WordReference.com http://wordreference.com/ A collection of free online translation dictionaries, including French-English and English-French dictionaries. It returns full definitions of words, multiple definitions for words with multiple meanings, and phrases and expressions using the word.
Branchez-Vous.com http://www.branchez-vous.com/ Lively young trendy magazine style web site. Easy to read for intermediate students especially to improve general reading skills. Include articles on everyday life, such as cars, television, leisure, media stars, and fashion. Links to more serious pages, e.g. insurance, finance, etc. Club Internet http://portail.club-internet.fr/ The homepage for the Virtual Baguette, which provides a gateway to a wide range of topics (e.g. sport, culture, etc). The Paris Pages http://www.paris.org/ Information on the city and its culture, in French and English. Yahoo! France http://fr.yahoo.com/ Huge web-site with popular information, such as news, events, what's on, music, greeting cards, travel, horoscopes, etc. Specialist sites include news and media, politics, art, culture, science, health, geography, society, reference materials, etc.
1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/index.htm Collection of tongue-twisters in 77 languages. Take speaking practice to the extreme! Bonjour de France http://www.bonjourdefrance.com/ An "interactive magazine" for all levels of learner. The site includes comprehensions, grammar, vocabulary, business French, and other learning resources. Each section has interactive exercises. Chansons Françaises et Francophones en cours de FLE / French through Songs and Singing http://people.southwestern.edu/~prevots/songs/?cat=2 This multimedia site features streaming MP3s, annotated lyrics, articles and links. The recordings are of songs in the public domain plus artists’ originals used with permission. The emphasis is on providing resources for students and teachers of French. The French Experience http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/experience/ An online multimedia course for beginners in French, from BBC Education Languages. GCSE Bitesize French http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french/ BBC education site particularly aimed at GCSE students. Each topic area contains revision exercises with answers and exam tips. These exercises will be relevant and useful for LC levels 0-2.
LanguageGuide http://www.languageguide.org/francais/ A site full of resources for learners of French at all levels, comprising three sections: interactive pictorial dictionaries and readings with hyperlinks and audio clips, and grammar guide with exercises. The site is run by a non-profit organisation reliant on native speaker volunteers to donate content, which through its work "hopes to strengthen the bonds between civilizations and people. Learn French with Inspector Roger Duflair http://www.polarfle.com/ Online murder mystery for learners to solve. Working through the program users read and listen to witness statements, interrogations, and profiles of persons involved and then carry out a range of interactive exercises testing comprehension and allowing them to practice their grammar and vocabulary. The texts are pitched at four levels, from débutant to avancé. Le Point du FLE http://www.lepointdufle.net/french-learning-material.htm A portal to a wealth of web-based activities for learning and teaching French. Includes interactive exercises with audio clips, grammar references, classroom activities, and much more. Ma France http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/ BBC course for French improvers. It contains 24 units with interactive video, key phrases and games. Quia French http://www.quia.com/shared/french/ A list of interactive activities for French learners, including grammar exercises, vocabulary games, comprehension tests. Realfrench.net http://www.realfrench.net/ A collection of language resources for English-speaking learners of French at all levels, including grammar, interactive exercises, a verb conjugator, 'web quest' worksheets for students, print resources for teachers, and more. Hosted at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Tennessee Bob’s Famous French Links http://www.utm.edu/departments/french/french.html Vast site (10,000 links) built at Tennessee University. Contains French language learning pages, tests and exercises, helpful links for those seeking a career linked in some way to France or French, and more. Zut! http://www.zut.org.uk/index.html Interactive activities for French teachers and learners, from beginners to advanced, organised by UK school year - the advanced and intermediate sections might be of use to university teachers and students.
European Commission http://ec.europa.eu/index_fr.htm# The official site of the European Commission, the driving force in the Union's institutional system. Includes the latest official press releases, photos and live TV coverage of EU affairs. European Parliament http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/public/default_fr.htm Official site of the European Parliament, with a complete set of all documents relevant to the parliament and its activities: speeches, communiqués, press releases, etc. Most pages available in 22 languages. NATO Press Releases http://www.nato.int/home-fr.htm Official NATO website, which includes a history of NATO, its current structure and membership as well as texts of speeches concerning NATO military and political thoughts and actions. Everything available in French and English. Parliament in Canada http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/index.asp?Language=F This website contains the complete transcript of all discussion in the Canadian parliament, both houses included, available in French and English. Opportunity to closely study Canadian politics, as well as to study rhetoric in a political context and its related vocabulary.
Air and Space Travel Museum http://www.mae.org/ The website focuses particularly on airplanes and their history. CNRS http://www.cnrs.fr/ Centre National de Recherche Scientifique. Scientific sites. Science Museum http://www.palais-decouverte.fr/index.php?id=accueil2 Site of the French national science museum. It not only tells you what is on at the museum, but also has easily accessible files on all areas of scientific interest today. Up-to-the minute science news in a well-designed website.