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Why learn FrenchFrench is a language of diplomacy and culture. It is spoken by more than 200 million people in Europe, Asia, Africa (including North Africa), North and South America, the Carribbean and the Pacific. It is the most widely learned additional language in the world after English. Many French and English words share the same origins from Latin and Norman French, which speeds up the path to communicative competency in French for speakers of English.
Links to Languages.Org.Au French resources
- French language
- The World Around Us
- Lifestyle and Traditions
- The Individual's Experience
- CAL French 2017 – Semester 1
- CAL French 2017 – Semester 2
- CAL French 2018 – Semester 1
External resources for French
French guides, online courses and tutorial resourcesThese are listed alphabetically. The leading definite article is not used in determining the sequence.
BBC – "The Mind Set from Bitesize"
Learning resources organised by subject
From the BBC Education home page, scroll down and select a curriculum such as England-GCSE or Scotland-Higher, then choose French from the subject options on the next screen. The audio and video resources are not available to users in the Australian region, but there are vocabulary lists and self-correcting exercises that are accessible. On selecting England-GCSE-French, eight topics are listed:
- Familiar vocabulary
- Useful phrases
- Leisure and the media
- Home and the environment
- Work and education
- French life and culture
BBC – GCSE Bitesize French resources previous version
As flagged at the top of this older BBC GCSE Bitesize French page, this is no longer updated, but it contains useful resources for senior secondary French. Unlike the new "Mind Set from Bitesize" BBC education pages cited above, this older version of "Bitesize" allows access to audio resources for users in the Australian region.
BBC French language – Products for sale
Comme une française
Géraldine Lepère presents advice for expats who live in France - there are some free resources and there are others for purchase
"Ce site se veut une porte ouverte vers des tableaux de révision des règles du français et vers des ressources en ligne." The list of (at the time of writing) 35 links includes
- Le genre
- Les articles
- Le pluriel des noms
- Le subjonctif
- Le repérage temporel
DELF sample exam papers
The DELF and DALF are diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale) to recognise the French-language skills of non-French candidates. These resources are managed by the CIEP (The Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques), an institution of the French Ministry of National Education.
DuoLingo – "Learn a language free. Forever."
French About Dot Com – This has been re-badged as ThoughtCo Learning and Teaching French (see below)
Try the links to:
- Test de niveau ("Quel niveau avez-vous en français?")
- Cours et exercices ("Orthographe, grammaire, vocabulaire, audio")
- Participer ("Forum, Correspondants, Discuter, Contributer")
- Utiles ("Conjuguer, Jouer, Traduire, Prononcer, Vérifier, Dictionnaires")
Français Interactif (University of Texas Austin)
See the chapter index by themes and the grammar index - very clear home page for access to these resources
Vincent Lefrançois describes his site as "a website dedicated to French language [with] thousands of videos to learn French from scratch or enhance your skills in French".
Self-describes as: "The French Tutorial is a web-based step by step lesson covering basics, pronunciation, but also grammar, vocabulary and everyday French. It offers audio support for better oral comprehension, a table of contents and an index for faster searches."
La Bulle FLE
Site géré par Célyne Huet; on the right, select an option to see resources for: Verbes; Grammaire; Savoir-faire; Lexique; Socio-cultural; Phonétique
This site, managed by L'Obs – see also below under current affairs – is one example of many reference sites for French verb conjugation, which exist because of the importance of this topic in French grammar; it also has exercices to practice verb usage, but the dictionary with definitions and synonyms is limited in scope and other sites have more on these
By Laura K. Lawless, who used to run the about.french.com; resource types include expressions, grammar lessons, listening practice, quizzes and tests (with a focus on the DELF exams - see above) and vocabulary lists; for a mapping of content, scroll down and view "Quoi de neuf", "Categories" and "Lessons by topic" on the right hand side.
Le Point du FLE
Le Point du Français Langue Etrangère in its "Apprendre le français" (learn French) section provides resources with more than 7000 links grouped by topics such as:
- Vocabulaire/Langue française
- Ressources générales.
Access it free of charge via your ACT Public Library membership.
"Apprendre le français avec podcastfrancaisfacile.com" – dialogues, textes, grammaire, phonétique, activités, librairie
ThoughtCo Learning and Teaching French
Formerly French.About.Com, this site offers French language guides to improve reading, writing, and comprehension skills for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Many of the articles are by Laura K. Lawless, who previously authored material on French.About.Com and who also has the Lawless French website (see above).
The levels are from the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- Séries d'exercices - A1 débutant (explorez les liens: Première classe, Thèmes, Collections)
- Séries d'exercices - A2 élémentaire
- Séries d'exercices - B1 intermédiaire
- Séries d'exercices - B2 avancé
Université du Québec à Trois Rivières
École Internationale de Français
From here, choose Services Pédagogiques – Outils Pédagogiques on the left
Then select one of the levels (Niveau Débutant, Niveau Intermédiaire; Niveau Avancé)
French referenceOnline sources to look up words and phrases – a quick option is to run a Google search with the required expression in English followed by the words "in French", eg accommodation in French, then select from sources (some of which also provide an audio version of the French) such as the following (listed alphabetically):
- Bab.La French and English
- Cambridge French and English
- Collins Dictionary English and French
- Bescherelle (with Conjugueur)
- French Linguistics
- Larousse French and English
- Linguee English and French
- Reverso Dictionary
- Synonymo (for synonyms)
- Word Reference
French news and current affairsThese are listed alphabetically. The leading definite article is not used in determining the sequence.
- Le Canard Enchaîné – a satirical and investigative weekly established in 1915
- Charlie Hebdo – as the title implies, this satirical commentary site, launched in its current form in 1992, is published weekly (journal qui se proclame satirique, laïque, politique et joyeux)
- Le Petit Journal (Canal Plus) – daily 15-minute satirical news round-up (eg Tweet "Le secret du mensonge moderne c'est juste de raconter tellement de conneries que la vérité se noie dedans")
- Le Courrier Australien – this French-language periodical, established in Sydney in 1892, describes itself as "the longest running foreign-language newspaper in Australia"; it is in digital format since 2016
- Europe 1 – Current affairs via streamed video
- Le Figaro – founded in 1826, another major French daily
- France 24 – Current affairs via streamed video
- France TV, France 2, 8 pm bulletin – Current affairs via streamed video
- L'Express – a conservative weekly publication founded in 1953, originally left of centre and shifted its perspective to the right, owned since 2014 by entrepreneur Patrick Drahi
- French Culture – This list of French television stations accessible on internet streaming is from the French Embassy in the USA; a few links such as the one for LCI are no longer current (for the correct LCI link, see below)
- L'Internaute – for details about coverage, see Qui sommes-nous
- Journal en français facile – un journal géré par Radio France Internationale (RFI), prévu pour ceux qui apprennent le français (a news site designed for learners of French)
- LCI (news channel of TF1 – Le 20h (8 pm news) – Current affairs via streamed video
- Listen Live – List of radio stations streaming live on the internet
- Le Monde – established in 1944, considered by many to be the most important French daily newspaper
- l'Obs – previously known as France-Observateur and then Le Nouvel Observateur or Le Nouvel Obs, this weekly was founded in 1950, renamed in 1953 and again in 2014
- Le Point – a conservative weekly publication founded in 1972 by a team from L'Express
- News in Slow French – Weekly News in Slow French with audio and text; after hearing/reading the preview, scroll down and select "Continue with News Stories" for more
- TF1 Le Quotidien avec Yann Barthes – Current affairs via streamed video
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