Enhancing French skills is a website for intermediate learners of French. It includes authentic language videos from French websites, as well as interviews of French speakers on cultural topics. Videos and activities are organized into five broad themes and tagged by communicative language function with links into Tex’s French Grammar for specific grammar explanations and interactive exercises. Each theme includes a pdf of suggested classroom activities and homework.
AVIS DES ARTISTES was developed to help intermediate and advanced students improve their oral comprehension skills. A sequence of audio and video selections provides the basis for comprehension exercises of increasing difficulty.
Students using the AVIS DES ARTISTES series are exposed to a broad range of vocabulary and delightful aspects of French culture in the context of challenging oral comprehension exercises. The online format of the AVIS DES ARTISTES exercises allows students individual control of their listening and viewing experience.
For immediate reinforcement, answers sets for each exercise may be viewed by clicking a button. The first few exercises require no more than recognition of key words. As the exercises increase in complexity, they require more extended and subtle listening skills, paraphrasing and summarizing of information presented in the source documents.
Les Conversations Mises à Jour is a collection of authentic conversations in French that targets mostly intermediate and advanced learners of French. Each conversation highlights the shared experience of two native or near-native French speakers and provides both an oral history of that experience and a trove of cultural references.
Chansons françaises is the integrated music component of Français interactif. Chansons features a French or Francophone song, related to each chapter's cultural or pedagogical focus, presented via audio or video. Accompanying pdfs provide additional information, as well as comprehension exercises. Songs act as a portal to various Francophone cultures and musical genres. Aural comprehension and study of lyrics afford students practice with culturally authentic text and expression. Students discover yet another reason to be passionate about studying French!
Interactive examinations of French poetry from the Renaissance with audio files and commentary.
A sequence of audio and video selections to help intermediate and advanced students improve their oral comprehension skills. It provides the basis for comprehension exercises of increasing difficulty. The topics are extremely varied: the creation of Lalique crystal; winemaking, Van Gogh's genius; the production of sound effects for cinema; Sartre discussing Huis Clos in 1946; cinematographers Pialat and Karmitz describing their work; the history of the Louvre; Alphonse Daudet in a 1927 recording of his famous Provençal story, La Chèvre de Monsieur Seguin.
Français interactif is a unique, award-winning 1st-year French curriculum used by learners all over the world. Students explore French language and culture by following the lives of real students who have participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The online curriculum includes over 320 videos, vocabulary and phonetics audio, online grammar reference with self-correcting exercises and audio dialogues, verb conjugation and practice tools, internet activities, and a textbook of classroom exercises. Français interactif was awarded the 2009 CALICO Esperanto Access to Language Education Award and the National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment Best of Humanities on the Web award (2005)
An online pedagogical reference grammar of the French language that combines authoritative grammar explanations, self-correcting exercises and online audio with surreal dialogues and cartoon images.
This interdisciplinary web site presents an overview of nineteenth-century French visual culture in relation to history, literature and social changes.