French as a Second Language
Language Guide - French Readings — "The interactive readings help users develop comprehension skills by allowing him or her to hear the reading of a text, manoeuver within the sound track and rehear difficult phrases, as well as see the text of what is being read. In addition, the readings allow students to build vocabulary and develop reading skills."
La chaîne de Mme Duckworth - A video collection for students and teachers of French.
News in Slow French - French podcasts for listening comprehension, vocabulary expansion, exposure to French grammar and common idiomatic expressions. With exercises.
LearnFrenchVideo.com - Audio and video lessons for learning basic French.
Amélie Poulain - Workbook about the French film Le fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain.
Authentic Resources for FRENCH – This wiki lists sources of authentic material that can be used for teaching and learning French: Images, texts, sound, videos, comptines et chansons, and more.
ielanguages.com : Free French Listening Resources Podcast – This is part of a larger Web site offering various types of graded tutorials. The podcasts are usually thematic and in MP3 format accompanied by a transcript and cloze exercises. There are also a handful of short videos on the page.
Routes into Languages: Language from film for KS3 – This is “a collection of materials to use with year 9. The materials consist of about one hour's pre-teaching for the film and one hour's teaching after watching the film[…]The first pack developed for French is for Kirikou et la sorcière, with materials created by Steph Hopkins. Download pdfs: Student booklet and Teacher booklet. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for materials for use with the film Neuilly sa mère! and Les choristes.
Openculture.com - Learn French for free online. Download free audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player.
AudioFrench.com “is an on-line French audio dictionary with thousands of sound files, accompanying text, and video clips to help you learn, practice, and enjoy the French language.”
Common Dog Commands in Several Languages – Audio files for each command are provided in English, German, French, Czech, and Dutch
Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI): Podcasts – “This series of seven podcasts grounded in metacognitive and Second Language listening theory provides French Immersion students with strategies to enhance L2 listening ability and note-taking skills for academic learning lectures in French.”
Ice Age 3 trailer for laughs and French – A YouTube video of the trailer for the movie with a transcript.
French Vocabulary - About.com - Beginning Vocabulary - with sound files
French pronunciation guide – Forvo – This online tool allows you to listen to the pronunciation of close to 40,000 words or expressions, to search or to browse by categories. Registered users can also add new words thus requesting that a French speaker record its pronunciation.
Learn Canadian French – A blog by a French Canadian for those who wish to “learn the French language of Quebec and French Canada through music, listening exercises and vocabulary lessons.”
Time 2 Learn – Most of the resources on this site are for paying subscribers, but there is a sample lesson on musical instruments and an e-book on the continents. A trial subscription is also available. Lessons and e-books make use of audio files.
BBC Languages - French - This Web site offers a number of features for learning French, many of them with audio clips:
- French Steps: an online beginner's course that's easy-to-use
- Talk French - A language course for absolute beginners a television series - broadcast on BBC Learning Zone, BBC TWO
- French Experience French Experience II - Video clips, language notes and activities to accompany these well-established courses.
- Accents d'Europe - News stories in French with notes, for more advanced learners.
- Euro Guide - How to ask for euros in French.
- Numbers and Colours Game - Numbers up to five
- French for Work - Useful phrases and activities for key vocational sectors: Work Talk France.
French Video Resources — These audio/video clips provide information and interviews about a variety of topics some of which are family, home, leisure, education, holidays, healthy living, work and careers. The user is then asked to answer questions pertaining to the clip.
Young Storyteller - This video is in French with captions in English.