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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 franais, French for maths, To find out more about Voicethreads, click HERE.

For listening annd 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.

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 Hazel Owen on October 27, 2010 at 8:46
Looks like a really useful site, Janey - thanks. Great for anyone who doesn't have script software installed, and/or a keyboard that can cope! :-)
Comment by Janey Nolan on October 26, 2010 at 13:47
Have you seen this site?
Comment by Janey Nolan on October 18, 2010 at 18:50
Hi Chitose
I agree with you about how lucky our students are however it is difficult for them to choose appropriate sites and resources as there are just so many to choose from.

Students need motivation, feedback and as you mention the timing of when to introduce new knowledge is so important.
Choosing the correct tasks for students is difficult - I think our role is changing but our students still need us!
I mus tgo and take a look at you blog.

Have a great week.

Comment by Chitose Izuno on October 18, 2010 at 16:40
So many resources, matarials and fun activities for learning are on internet. How lucky current students are!! (But they don't realise that!)
I have found one good site called "elllo" for ESOL students (more the detals on my Blog). I have thought "Yeah! it will be very good for students and make my life easier", but also I have felt that students would not need me any more, they could learn lots from the site by themselves".
However, now one of my rolls is choosing right tasks and give them to my students right timing, and motivate them, I think!
Comment by Janey Nolan on October 15, 2010 at 17:20
I found this scholarship French site superb. I wish we had one like it for geography. Beautifully presented also
Congratulations to the writers of this site

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