Apps for advanced French learners

7 jours sur la planète There are plenty of apps for people who want to begin learning French and for beginners who have a little bit of French. At the moment there is less choice for those who have some good skills in French and want to move on. Both TV5 Monde and RFI specialise in helping others to learn french by using authentic materials. 7 Jours sur la Planète is available for iPod, iPad and iPhone and works well on all of them. I use iPod and iPad versions and my students can further access the iPhone version. Perfect! There are little videos which are supported by vocab lists and written exercises which make good use of the i mobile capacitive screen. Students just love using the capacitive functionality of those screens. It means they are more independent with their learning and have a chance of doing something quite advanced with some teacher support. Students like to be independent on their computers and mobile gadgets so constantly tethering them to a teacher can be off putting. 7 Jours sur La Planète has a nice balance and covers the sorts of things I can further support in class. Click the previous link to access it in the iTunes store. The other app which helps students to be more involved with their own learning is Learn French with the News an Rfi/TV5 Monde initiative. There are mystery stories to follow which are run bilingually and students can feel really comfortable using these because they are enticed through narrative to follow their French!

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