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French Apps – Recommendations From Our Tutors

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For those of us who aren’t bilingual, teaching French can be tricky, particularly with French Immersion.  Fortunately, with the help of educational technology, learning a second language can be fun.   Parents and students can use apps to improve on their words, very conjugation and counting.

We’ve reached out to our French tutors to get their feedback on the best apps for children and parents to use.   Here are five of their favourites:

1) Learn French by MindSnacks:  9 games designed for essential vocab & conversation skills. The app keeps things interesting with rich and unique games designed to help memorize words, practice verb conjugation, and learn word gender. Plus, native speaker audio clips will help make those tough French pronunciations as breezy as a walk through Paris.

2) Lately Lily: Paris for a Day!: Pack your suitcase, hop on a plane and learn some French in Paris.  Includes 4 different activities to learn common words with unique illustrations.

3) Frenchie Teachie: Learn French the fun way: with easy and fun games. More than 230 words and their article in 12 different games.

4) Verb Trainer: Search any verb in French or English, choose a tense and you will get a list of conjugations.

5) Gus on the Go: French for Kids: Join Gus, the friendly owl, as he travels around the world and explores languages. Your child can learn basic vocabulary concepts with interactive visual and auditory lessons on numbers, colors, shapes and more. Each lesson review unlocks an exciting vocabulary game that reinforces what your child has learned.

 

 

 

 

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Learning French over the Summer

Learning French over the Summer

Almost one month to go until another school year comes to an end and summer is here.  When we think of summer, we think of family vacations, fun field trips and enjoying the warm weather by a pool or lake.

Summer can also be a time for your children to learn a new language or strengthen their second language speaking and writing skills in a fun an enjoyable way.   Below are some fun ways to strengthen your child’s language skills, focusing on French.

1) Attend a French Summer Camp:   Attending camp is a wonderful way for children to build their confidence, while having fun.   It also allows students to build on their verbal and conversational skills outside the classroom.    Camp Tournesol offers day and overnight camp options to students in numerous programs throughout the summer.  For a further list of camps throughout Canada, visit Our Kids . 

2) Explore – French Language Bursary Program:  Offered in the summer for any skill level in French, the program provides a $2,200 bursary for tuition fees, instructional materials, meals and accommodation to learn French and the local culture in another region of Canada.   Explore is a five-week intensive program that offers learning through classroom instruction, workshops, socialcultural activities and field trips.

3) Watch Videos / Sing Songs:   There a ton of excellent visual and audio resources online to make learning a second language fun.  The 30 minute video below has exciting songs and games to learn basic words, phrases, colours and numbers.

4) Educational Technology – French Apps:  There are number of wonderful online apps for your smartphone or tablet for learners of different ages and skill levels.  Here are some of our favourites:

Learn French: Play French games to build essential vocabulary & conversation skills.

French Verbs: Learn about French verbs and their conjugation.

French Language Learning: Provides a set of engaging, interactive study tools that help you really learn French.

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Fun With French – Tips From Our Tutors

Learning French or any other second language does not have to stop in the classroom or with homework.   There are a ton of great websites, games and places to visit where you can have fun with French.

We asked our French tutors if they could give their best recommendations below:

Cook in French:  Think about all the great food you can cook and eat to learn French:  Baguette, Éclair, Crepes, Croissant, etc.   Also, take meals you would normally eat and see if you can name them in French.

Solve the Crime:  Can you solve the crime in French?  This website will provide all the clues.

TFO – GamesA ton of great games to improve French vocabulary, math, writing and science

Link to Learning – French as a Second LanguageGreat tools to assist students with everything from vocabulary development to verb conjugation.

Maison De La Presse – Bookstore:  Visit their store in Yorkville, where they have a comprehensive selection of French books including many bestsellers and children’s books.

Carnaval de Quebec:  Learn more about French culture in Quebec and potentially attend the February annual fair in Quebec City.

French TV Channels:  Expand vocabulary and speaking skills by watching age appropriate shows on TV5, Radio Canada and TFO.

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