Innovative tools for learning and teaching French

Introduction

Through the agency of the Institut Français, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs pursues a proactive policy of developing information and communication technology (ICT) tools for the teaching and promotion of French.

Incorporating the latest digital technology into traditional language teaching systems opens up a wealth of multimedia and interactive applications available to bring teaching methods into the 21st century.

It is also a democratic issue and a major asset in communication and bringing cultures together.

For a number of years now, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has coproduced or commissioned teaching resources designed to bolster learner skills and develop educational engineering, whether in the shape of educational content, online or distance learning and multimedia products, in cultural and educational establishments and for institutional language cooperation partners.

Learning and teaching French with TV5Monde

The Television channel TV5Monde serves the cause of the French language on behalf of France and the French-speaking world

TV5Monde is a partner of choice for the MAE. As the only global French-speaking channel, broadcasting to over 207 million households and drawing audiences of 55 million viewers and 5 million website hits a month, TV5Monde is a powerful force for disseminating French-speaking cultures and promoting the French language.

In 2005, in partnership with the MAE, the OIF and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), TV5Monde launched a weekly television news magazine featuring subtitles in French and also available online, entitled 7 jours sur la planète (7 days on the planet). The programme, awarded the European Language Label, responds to considerable demand by rising to the challenge of combining the teaching and learning of French with an overview of international news. Every week, viewers can access a series of interactive exercises, along with worksheets for both teacher and students, available to download free of charge from the website.

The exclusive "Teach and learn French with TV5Monde" teaching toolkit provides teachers of French as a foreign language with an array of tools tailored to CEFR levels that can be used in combination with the channel’s programmes and online content.

Learning and teaching French with RFI

RFI is a global radio station and member of France Médias Monde, an implementing agency of the Ministry. It uses the radio to promote and teach the French language with a team of French teaching specialists and broadcast professionals. RFI offers a variety of different activities and exercises for French learners.

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update : september 2012

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