French language sites

About the French Language. A compendious resource of French language and culture, including beginners French lessons (with audio), grammar guides, and a large collection of annotated links to sites on French language and culture, sorted by as many categories as you could think of.

Accord-academie. Managed by a Paris language school, this site contains a large, categorised, and annotated collection of links to useful resources on the Net for learners of French as a foreign language. You can also email them for help with your French, and to be put in touch with French learners of English. Site text in French with some English.

American Association of Teachers of French. As well as general information about the association the website has a number of French resources, including links to RealAudio and RealVideo sites with French news.

ARTFL French <=> English Dictionary. A searchable bilingual dictionary giving simple definitions.

Bibliothèque Nationale du Canada. The Canadian national library online, indexed and searchable. In French and English.

Bla Bla Fran├žais. French conversation video lessons. Animations of conversational situations using colloquial French. The site is very much aimed at verbal learning, using the tried and tested method of presenting dialogues with short accompanying language notes, and encouraging you to role play characters. As the site says (and I know from experience!), everyday spoken French is often very different from that which you learn in the classroom, so exposure to colloquial French is essential. The animations are quite humorous and cute.

Bonjour de France. An "interactive magazine" for all levels of learner, to practice and learn French. The site includes comprehensions (using audio clips), grammar, idioms, business French, and many other learning resources. Each section has interactive exercises.

Canoë. The website of the Quebecois Journal de Montreal. The website includes some interactive games, including a Java crossword.

Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers

Contemporary France Online - From Barthes to Barthez. CFOL offers a range of web-based learning resources on different aspects of post war France. The materials have been produced and quality audited by academics from a number of universities in the UK and have been funded by WELL (Web Enhanced Language Learning). The resources can be accessed by theme (eg Gender Issues, Politics) or timeline (by decades from the 1940's to the 21st century). The site includes case studies in how web-based resources might be used to support a range of French Studies modules and there are plans to develop parallel resources for Spanish and German.

Cooperative Learning in the French Class. Free textual materials for French teachers.

Dicos d'or. A site full of resources for learners of French at all levels, including exercises, grammar info, tests, contemporary language, and a "mot du jour". Run by the French glossy weekly L'Express, the site requires cookies to be enabled on your browser.

Dictionnaire Français-Anglais. An online bilingual dictionary with 102,000 terms, which lets you look for the exact word or words containing a particular root.

Encyclopédie Project. A project to develop an online version of Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des métiers et des arts. There's a description of the encyclopedia and its history, and a prototype search form.

ENS Lyon:Journal de Maths des ElÉves

Équipe online. A website to accompany the Oxford University Press book series for French beginners. Although you need the book to use the site fully, there are some useful exercises and links to French sites, particularly in Équipe 2, which teachers and learners might find useful.

Evangéline: The Website. A site dedicated to the history, culture, and language of the Cajun people of North America, with a particular focus on Longfellow's poem Evangéline. To view the animations and video clips on the site you need Quicktime Player. Text in French and English.

L'Express. The French glossy current affairs weekly online.

First Year French @UT Austin. Internet-based learning of beginner's French, including Web exercises (where students explore French websites) and interactive grammar drills (written in CGI). A directory of language schools and courses teaching French as a foreign language, both public and private, and a collection of well-annotated resources for French teachers sorted by type. Website text mainly in French, with some pages in English, German, and Spanish.

FranceNet. A UK-based Yahoo-like hierarchical and searchable index of French Internet sites. Site text in English.

French Assistant. An informal and user-friendly site for learners of French, with plenty of lessons and tests sorted by level with audio files, and grammar and vocabulary resources. You can mix and match lessons and tests to suit your own learning needs. Registration - free - is required to use the site, although an annual charge of £10 is charged to access the audio clips after a fortnight. The site uses popup windows extensively, so these have to be enabled in your browser.

The French Collection at the University of Virginia. A collection of classic French literature, in French.

The French Conveyor Belt. The 'conveyor belt' is a small browser window which you can place anywhere on your screen, which continuously gets and displays French words and expressions so that you can improve your French whilst browsing. A text box allows you to make notes and text them to your mobile phone. Site requires Internet Explorer 6 running in 1024x768 resolution, or better.

French Crosswords. Crosswords for English learners of French which you can print out and complete or attempt on-line (using a helper app downloadable from the site).

French Experience Online. An online multimedia course for beginners in French, from BBC Education Languages.

French Language Course. French for beginners in 9 lessons, with a few audio files (.wav). (This is the course maintained by Jacques Léon and formerly hosted at Teleglobe in Canada.) This site provides a large number of embedded video clips for learners of French, though the video mainly comprises text and voiceover. The clips/lessons are divided into sections: Basic Phrases, Grammar, Verbs, Vocabulary and Songs. Page text backs up the video content.

French Lessons from Everywhere. Links to French courses on the WWW. A site chock full of resources for learners of French at all levels, comprising three sections:

  • Grammar Guide: detailed grammar references and exercises
  • Interactive Readings: texts with hyperlink and audio annotations
  • Interactive Pictures: a 'pictorial dictionary' with hyperlinks and audio clips (eg 'les animeaux de mer')

The site is run by a non-profit organisation reliant on native speaker volunteers to donate content, which through its work "hopes to strengthen the bonds between civilizations and people". You can also register, for free, to customise your learning experience (eg, build personal vocabulary lists) and receive notification of site updates. An excellent and free collaborative resource, and well worth supporting. Recommended.

French Resources on the Net. A list of links to French Internet resources, sorted by type.

French verb conjugator. A handy bare-bones conjugator from - type in a verb and get a full conjugator. A useful reference.

FUNAMBULE. Apprendre et enseigner le français avec TV5. French exercises based on downloadable RealVideo excerpts from TV5. Recommended.

An Intermediate Guide to French. Grammatical tutorials for intermediate learners of French, including Java exercises.

Internet Resources for French Studies. An extensive collection of categorised and annotated links to selected sites of interest for teachers and learners of French, put together by the School of Languages and Literature at the University of Ulster.

John McCafferty's French Study Pages. Exercises (mostly non-interactive text) for beginner and intermediate-level students, verb pages with extensive grammatical details of French verb tenses and endings, and a section with recorded (RealAudio format) interviews in French and Spanish, one or two with transcripts.

Learn French. A deceptively large site for learners of French, with a lot of text content and interactive Flash games in a range of categories, including words, verbs and phrases. This is part of a larger Learn a Language site with various other available languages, including Russian and Japanese.

Learn French with Inspector Roger Duflair. Online murder mystery for learners to solve. Working through the program users read and listen to texts which offer clues and then carry out a range of exercises testing comprehension and allowing them to practice their grammar and vocabulary.

Le Monde Diplomatique. The French left-wing weekly paper online, including translations in German, Italian, English, and Mexican Spanish, with back issues online.

Le Monde Interactif. Online version of the French newspaper, including Le Monde Diplomatique.

Libération on the Web. The online version of the French daily newspaper.

Liens à l'histoire. Links to resources on French Canadian history.

Liens pour l'enseignement du français. Internet resources for teachers of French at all levels and ages, sorted by type.

Lire Français. French reading exercises based on articles in the online version of the Bordeaux newspaperSud Ouest.

MinistÉre de la culture et de la francophonie

Papier-Mâchés: French writing workshop. An interactive tutorial designed for college students and individual language learners who want to improve their French writing skills outside of the classroom setting. Any user can access the program online, and at no cost. Papier-Mâchés offers two writing workshops: Artisan (intermediate advanced level) and Pénélope (advanced level). Examples of student work are posted on the third section of the program, Mille pattes. The content was developed the the Department of French at New York University. The site requires free registration to use, and the materials are made available under a Creative Commons licence.

Paris Match. The French glossy picture magazine online.

Paris Pages. Information on the city and its culture, in French and English versions.

Le Point du FLE. This site is a 'portal' to an absolute wealth of French language learning resources on the Internet, including exercises, audio clips, grammar references, classroom activities, and much more. Sites are carefully indexed hierarchically into categories, and each link is symbolically annotated with icons indicating the type of resource. Site text in French, although the site description is also available in English and Finnish translation. An excellent resource for French teachers and learners. Recommended.

Polar FLE: Learn French with Inspector Duflair. A fascinating site for learners of French, which invites the learner to be the assistant of Insp. Duflair and aid him in solving a crime, with the help of witness statements, interrogations, and profiles of persons involved. The site texts are pitched at four levels, from débutant to avancé, and include interactive exercises, audio clips, and relevant vocabulary and grammar. The site includes teaching materials for French teachers. A refreshingly different learners site, and well worth a look.

Radio Canada. Up to the minute news and live RealAudio broadcasts.

Radio France. Includes RealAudio clips of news broadcasts. A large collection of language resources for English-speaking learners of French at all levels, including grammars, interactive exercises, a verb conjugator, 'web quest' worksheets for students, links to relevant sites, print resources for teachers, and more. Hosted at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Recommended.

Really useful French teaching site. A wide range of French teaching material to download.

RÉgles de typographie française.

Revue francophone ALSIC. The website of the French-language journal "Apprentissage des langues et systÉmes d'information et de communication" (ALSIC).

Le Soleil. The Quebecois newspaper online.

Simpatico: InfoExpress. An online new service in French and English from a Canadian Internet Service Provider.

Study in France. A very detailed guide to the practicalities of studying in France, for any subject, with a particular focus on higher education institutions. There's information on why study in France, how to apply for courses, accommodation and daily living, and much more.

Sud Ouest. The online version of the Bordeaux-based newspaper.

Tennessee Bob's Famous French Links. A large, categorised list of links to French resources.

Le TLF informatisé. A very sophisticated monolingual French dictionary, with full definitions and etymologies of words. You can choose to use a sophisticated Java-driven, and very user-friendly, interface which greatly simplifies use of the dictionary, and you can also look up terms in other monolingual French dictionaries online. A resource suitable more for researchers and teachers than students. Recommended.

Web France International. This commercial site has some useful English resources, in particular VOLTERRE-FR (English resources in France).

WordProf. Online interactive French vocabulary tests and lessons. (This site is a bit 'iffy' in Netscape, but is ok in Internet Explorer.) French-English Dictionary. It returns full definitions of words, multiple definitions when words have multiple meanings (eg "present"), and phrases and expressions using the word. You can also translate words on a web page simply by double-clicking them. There are also Italian, Spanish, and German versions of WordReference.

Zut! Interactive exercises for French teachers and learners, from beginners to advanced, organised by UK school year - the advanced and intermediate sections might be of use to university teachers and students. Some of the exercises incorporate audio clips with native speakers, and some are designed to be used with an interactive whiteboard.

Links on this page last checked: 11/06/02

Page last modified: August 29 2017