I was lucky to grow up speaking French and English, and I’ve been teaching French for over a decade now. Here are some of the resources that I recommend to my adult students who are studying French, either in class with me or on their own.
Resources for learners:
italki – find language partners, have your written work corrected or find an affordable tutor.
*I teach a very limited number of conversational French classes through italki. While I’m not often actively seeking new students, I’m always open to discussing the possibility of working with you – check out my teacher profile and send me a message if you’re interested!
French in Action – These half-hour videos are part of a larger language learning program. They can be used on their own to improve French listening comprehension skills. They’re a bit dated, but they really do work.
Conversation Exchange – a great place to find email buddies or Skype language partners
Duolingo – This free site offers a gamified approach to learning vocabulary, sentence structure and basic grammar.
About French – This site is full of regularly updated information, quizzes and explanations. Unfortunately, it’s plastered with ads, which can be a bit obnoxious. Click here for a suggested six-month self-directed grammar study for French beginners.
Talk French (from BBC) – Interactive audio-video introduction to French for absolute beginners.
Ma France (from BBC) – Interactive audio-video course for learners with some basic French.
FSI Basic French – This open source program was written and recorded in the 60s by the American Foreign Services Institute. It offers a variety of drills and is a very comprehensive free French program. It can be dry at times, but it will help you reach automaticity in spoken French.
7 jours sur la planète – Current news reports with full transcripts and learning activities for beginners and intermediate students.
France Bienvenue – Interviews and conversations on a variety of topics, with full transcripts.
News in Slow French – The title says it all: it’s the news. In French. Spoken slowly. Part of this weekly podcast is available for free on iTunes. You can also go directly to the News in Slow French site and pay a membership fee for a longer podcast and full transcripts.
Television shows from Canada (aimed at native speakers)
- Téléjournal– daily half hour news
- La Guerre des clans – game show (French version of Family Feud)
- La Facture – consumer affairs
- Taxi Payant – game show (French version of Cash Cab)
- Dans l’oeil du dragon – investment reality show (French version of Dragon’s Den)
- Comment c’est fait – how everyday items are made
- La Semaine verte – environment
- L’Épicerie – food, health and home
- Têtes à claques – short animated comedy videos (viewer discretion advised)
- a variety of French language television shows are available on these sites: tou.tv, ztele, vtele
News and current affairs from Canada: