Apprendre le français

 

French spoken clearly and at normal speed with the text supplied. Great way to improve your fluency.

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Eddie Izzard – Learning French

*** Language alert – “f” word ***

Eddie Izzard is playing to an adult audience in America and the fact he can do this routine incorporating French tells us how much our world had changed and how important it is to become at least bilingual and not only do your brain a favour, but create a bit of cultural togetherness. He makes a good point about how school French can be quite useless in a real context. He does that really well . It is something I ensure I don’t do and the clip has reminded me to keep context and authenticity intact in my class. He has also shown that as a British comedian he is prepared to build on his linguistic knowledge to further develop his career but you can see how well it serves him even in an anglophone context.

Extra French

Nice little series which is spoken at a reasonable pace and has captioning to facilitate understanding. This is suitable for senior secondary students. The videos would take half a lesson and so you could do some extra work around them or change the lesson to something completely different.

Bonne Saint-Valentin

The little village of St Pierre-Du-Chemin is very special. It houses and safeguards the relics of St. Valentine. The Vatican has authenticated these relics. They have a traditional festival every year to celebrate St. Valentine’s day and the fact they are the keepers of such a special patron saint

Petit déjeuner français

Nothing like hearing real French people talking about their real French breakfast and seeing it at the same time! Miam! Miam! This way you can learn the vocabulary in context. If you are looking for vocabulary for le  petit déjeuner you can find it on francaisfacile.

Le Café des Rêves

My year 10s used to love Le Café des Rêves, so much so we wore out the videos. It is good to see all the episodes are now up on YouTube with the added advantage of the subtitles in French so students can better understand what is being said. It’s an oldie but a goodie. The story is relatively complex but easy to follow and it makes students realise they can understand quite a bit by the time they are getting to the end of their year 10 course. It makes them feel successful. The characters and plot are easy to discuss especially if you use the worksheets which you can find and download here.

Les Tutos de Huito

Les tutos de Huito came up as part of a discussion on the French news programme TFI which comes up on my Facebook feed whether YouTubers were the nextgen Teachers. These sorts of clips encourage independent learning . Personalised learning. Is it a good methodology to teach languages? The students spoke for themselves. Yes. Huito has thought out what he is presenting. He has his explanations in French to allay learner fears and he focuses on small amounts of English which he repeats to ensure there is a linguistic ease and facility for the learner. Bit by bit the learner will get English and then eventually will move on to immersion language videos. The advantage of English speakers watching clips like this is they will feel confident in the language being taught so can then focus on what Huito is saying in French and so learn French! These video clips can work both ways. A bilingual approach will support two languages! Whichever language you are trying to learn, you can learn something from clips like this because it is all spoken very naturally.