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Why learn French

French 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 guides, online courses and tutorial sites

These are listed alphabetically. The leading definite article is not used in determining the sequence.

BBC – "The Mind Set from Bitesize"

BBC – The Mind Set from Bitesize Learning resources by the BBC 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:

BBC – GCSE Bitesize French resources previous version

GCSE Bitesize French resources previous version

This GSCE collection from the BBC contains useful resources for senior secondary French. However, as of 2018, it now appears to be a new version and it no longer allows access to audio resources for users in the Australian region.

BBC French language – Products for sale

BBC French language – Products for sale BBC Active has a range of language books, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs available for sale.

Bonjour de France

Bonjour de France Bonjour de France "est un cyber-magazine éducatif gratuit contenant des exercices, des tests et des jeux pour apprendre le français ainsi que des fiches pédagogiques à l’attention des enseignants de français langue étrangère (FLE). À travers ses différentes pages, ce magazine se veut aussi un outil de promotion de la francophonie. De nouvelles rubriques interactives apparaîtront régulièrement afin que ce site soit pleinement un lieu de ressource et de partage."

Centre collégial de développement de matériel didactique (CCDMD)

CCDND The CCDMD is a centre for development of teaching resources managed by the collège of Maisonneuve.

"Le Centre collégial de développement de matériel didactique (CCDMD), géré par le collège de Maisonneuve, est un centre de production de ressources informatisées et de documents imprimés conçus à l'intention du personnel enseignant et des élèves de l'ensemble du réseau collégial du Québec."

An example of a very useful resource for students on this website is the section "Exercices Interactifs", which has exercises with examples, correction keys and reasons for the answers on topics such as:

Comme une française

Comme une française Géraldine Lepère presents advice on her website Comme une française for expats who live in France - there are some free resources and there are others for purchase

Connectigramme

Connectigramme Connectigramme: "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

DELF sample exam papers

CIEP 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."

Duo Lingo DuoLingo proclaims itself to be "The world's most popular language learning platform".

Français Facile

Français Facile Try the Français Facilelinks to:

Français Interactif (University of Texas Austin)

Français Interactif See the Français Interactif chapter index by themes and the grammar index - very clear home page for access to these resources

French4You

French4You Vincent Lefrançois describes French4You as "a website dedicated to French language [with] thousands of videos to learn French from scratch or enhance your skills in French".

French About Dot Com

French About Dot Com has been re-badged as ThoughtCo Learning and Teaching French (see below)

French Tutorial

French Tutorial.fr French Tutorial 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."

Ifprofs

iFprofs

Ifprofs, Le réseau social de l'éducation en français.

"La communauté IFprofs rassemble des milliers de membres des quatre coins du monde. Vous travaillez dans le domaine de l’enseignement francophone ? IFprofs est votre réseau social."

La Bulle FLE

La Bulle FLE.fr 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

La-Conjugaison.fr

La-Conjugaison.fr La-Conjugaison, 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

Lawless French

Lawless French Lawless French by Laura K. Lawless, who used to run the about.french.com, has resources including lists of expressions, grammar, 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 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:

Mango Languages

Mango Languages Access Mango Languages free of charge via your ACT Public Library membership.

Podcast français facile

Podcast français facile "Apprendre le français avec podcastfrancaisfacile.com" – Podcast français facile with dialogues, textes, grammaire, phonétique, activités, librairie

Rfi savoirs

Rfi savoirs, Les clés pour comprendre le monde en français.

Il y a beaucoup de ressources. Par exemple, le 18 septembre 2018, il y avait 2182 audios, 48 vidés, 187 dossiers, 9 collections et 159 outiles pédagogiques sur ce site.

ThoughtCo Learning and Teaching French

ThoughtCo Learning and Teaching French Formerly French.About.Com, Thoughtco 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).

TV5Monde

TV5Monde The levels used by TV5Monde are from the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Un jour une actu

1jour1actu

1jour1actu is a current affairs site for children, but is also useful for learners of French.

"Chaque vidéo d'1jour1question t'explique avec des mots simples ce qui se passe dans le monde et autour de toi. Elles sont réalisées à partir de questions d’enfants de ton âge : la rédaction d’1jour1actu en reçoit plus de 300 chaque semaine !"

En savoir plus : Infos animées

Un jour une question

France TV Education

1 jour 1 question is an information site for children, but is also useful for learners of French.

"Tu te poses des questions ? Nous, on y répond ! 1 jour, 1 question répond chaque jour à une question d'enfant en lien avec l’actu, en une minute et trente secondes. Le commentaire explicatif est toujours drôle, le dessin est léger et espiègle. L'intention est d'aider l'enfant à construire son propre raisonnement et à obtenir les clés qui lui permettront de se forger sa propre opinion."

Université du Québec à Trois Rivières Université du Québec à Trois Rivières 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 reference

Online 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): Be selective with the search results. In the search example above, some will direct you to accommodation providers, not online dictionaries, so the accommodation providers can be ignored in the search list if your purpose was to find the French for the word "accommodation".

French news and current affairs

These are listed alphabetically. The leading definite article is not used in determining the sequence.

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