WHOA – talk about long time, no blog! It has been an insanely busy summer to say the least. About a week and a half after school let out, I went to France to spend two weeks in Vichy at CAVILAM – Alliance Française on a scholarship from the French Embassy in Washington DC. I was lucky enough to be able to arrive a few days early in order to spend some time in Paris, and to stay a few days after the end of my “internship” to spend some time sampling the grape-based products of Bourgogne with a dear friend ;). After returning from France I had a quick weekend for some R&R before jumping into the county-wide curriculum development project I’ve been participating in for the last two years. We wrapped up our work on French 3 yesterday, which means I get one day to relax (and facilitate the last discussion for our #langbook study!) before getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow. Thankfully that should be the last “big” event of my summer – I’m looking forward to having some down time to watch the Olympics and to finally get started on my planning for the fall. I don’t think I’m going to majorly overhaul any of my other classes but I am teaching a full section of AP French this year which will take up the rest of my attention for August!
Inspired by Maris’ #authres post, I thought I’d share some of my favorite authentic resources for my French classes. Since I ditched the textbook back in 2013, I’ve relied heavily on authentic resources in all of my classes – even for novices! I’m such an #authres fanatic, in fact, that it’s become kind of a joke among the members of my curriculum team – I have a weird knack for finding things that are useful at just the right time. (Insert monkey-covering-face emoji here).
Please note – I am 100% aware that my resources tend to lean heavily toward France and not so much toward the Francophone world. Unfortunately my knowledge of the Francophone world outside of l’Hexagone is severely lacking – please feel free to share any resources you may have from the DOM-TOM and Francophone Africa! Clearly, I need them!
Favorite general resources
- http://www.1jour1actu.fr – This is my go-to when I’m looking for any kind of easy-to-understand video or article as it’s geared toward children.
- @LeParisienInfog Twitter account for infographics on any subject
- Forumdesados Online forum for teenagers
- TV5Monde News and culture from around the Francophone world
- L’Etudiant News and culture for a student audience
- UTexas Français Interactif This is cheating as it’s not TECHNICALLY authentic in that it’s not made for a native speaker BUT I’ve found their interviews and videos really useful and my novice students appreciate how easily they can understand the speakers.
- RentréeDiscount to buy school supplies and search for a French school’s liste scolaire
- TV5Monde Adomania: Vie des collegiens
- Rentrée Scolaire Video of French kids during la rentrée for an école primaire
- Emploi du temps Authentic school schedule for a lycéen
- Lycée Bouxwiller menu School lunch menu
- Infographic: Qui aime l’école?
- Infographic: Le cout de la rentrée scolaire
- Graphic: La salle de classe idéale
- Infographie: Le système de notation Compares grading systems around the world
- Infographic: Le Sport et les Français
- Infographic: Le sport et les Françaises
- Maison de Quartier: Angers The website for the MJC (sort of like a YMCA) in Angers, France
- Ministère de la ville, de la jeunesse et du sport France’s national sport/activity webpage
- Publicité: #CommeUneFille: In English, but with French subtitles. Turn off the sound if you use!
- Publicité: Tout le monde à le droit de jouer
- Ville de Paris Info on sports and activities to do in Paris
- SNCF Website National website for train travel within France
- Infographic: Les avantages à voyager
- Karambolage: L’histoire des arrondissements de Paris Karambolage is a GREAT video series that covers a wide variety of topics! Absolutely check out their YouTube channel
- Visite de Paris: 10 choses à voir This is a video from the Voyages-SNCF YouTube channel which is an amazing resource! They have literally hundreds of videos from all over the world.
- 10 astuces pour bien faire sa valise
- Quebec Vacances website
- Office Tourisme USA Tourist information for the United States – in French and FOR Francophones!
Social Media Unit
- Infographic: Le phénomène des selfies
- Video Report on Le Selfie
- Tendances: Reseaux sociaux en 2016
- Infographic: Les jeunes et les reseaux sociaux
- Video: Les réseaux sociaux – ne te laisse pas avoir! A warning against the risks of social media
- 1jour1actu: Gossip, l’application qui fait mal
- “Carmen” by Stromae a song by hugely popular francophone artist, Stromae.
- #SiInternetNExistaitPas The feed for the recent trending topic of “If the Internet didn’t exist”
- Cyprien: Technophobe A short film from the YouTube star Cyprien, in which he develops an allergy to technology (warning: some coarse language in the subtitles)
Opportunities Abroad Unit
- How to Join the Peace Corps Article in French
- Témoignages des volontaires au Togo First hand accounts from volunteers in Togo, Africa.
- Découvrir le Monde: For students who want to work, volunteer, or study abroad
- #LaBougitude: Video
- Buzzfeed: Les facs américaines vs. les facs françaises
- Article: Les 5 bonnes raisons de partir étudier à l’étranger
- Université Laval: Admission Application
- Vikipedia: The Impressionists Vikipedia is a version of Wikipedia for kids ages 8-13. I find the articles are MUCH more comprehensible than regular Wikipedia!
- Musée d’Orsay: 1 minute au musée 1 minute animated videos highlighting some of the Musée d’Orsay’s notable pieces
- Infographic: Le Louvre en 16 chiffres
- Education France TV A dossier on impressionism
- Impressionnisme: Mode d’emploi
There you have it – 50 resources to start your year!