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 année 2017

Je vous souhaite une bonne et heureuse année. Merci pour le soutien de ce blog. J’en suis très reconnaissante. Club de français a partagé cette vidéo sur mon Facebook. 2017 commence bien!

Pronounce French Wines

You no longer have to stumble and mumble through your pronunciation of  French wines at a restaurant.You no longer have to anglicise the sound to make yourself feel comfortable.This video pronounces the most common wines for you, explains the wine regions and if you are really keen you can practise the 200 odd wines on this video. It’s not just about wines, though. It’s about pronunciation and ease of speaking. Learning how to pronounce wines will automatically help you to master sounds and combinations of sounds in French. If you can get Beaujolais right you won’t have much trouble with il est beau, merci beaucoup, Elle est jolie,  frais, il fait frais. The wine pronunciation will make you more at ease with  your pronunciation in French.

French and Spanish teaching resources

agreenmouse.comagreenmouse.com is a site I have used in class and the language tools available for French have been very suitable for my high school students. They have learned happily and effectively with them. The site also offers teaching and learning resources for Spanish. It is not unusual these days for people to be working in two languages and learning two similar languages simultaneously. We have a need for multilingual people because of global connections and the internet. French and Spanish are good languages to learn at the same time. One of the things the site offers is a chance to connect globally with other students learning the same language as you are. You can do that as a student or teacher. Teachers, students or classes can make a video and share it with others to help them learn. it is a great opportunity for authentic learning.

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.