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Canada’s infamous residential schools

Remains of over 200 school children were found on the site of a former residential school in B.C. The story of Canada’s residential schools is tragic and repulsive. It is un-Canadian. It is the opposite of Canadian values and all we stand for and it needs to be told. In this Planet French Booksmarts video…

Should Canada sell it’s water/Est-ce que le Canada peut vendre son eau?

You’ll find 750 French resources K-12 on Planet French. The content ranges from easy courses about introductions and family, to advanced high school content for FSL and immersion. Planet French weekly Canadian news and current events episodes are mostly mindless fun in easy French, but sometimes someone forgets to turn off the camera and we…

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Why do boys drop out of French?

Do boys think French is manly enough? I read a study by Kissau and Turnbull awhile back (I include a link further) that prompted me to develop some of our French materials for the testosterone part of your classroom. The study reported 70% of students who planned to drop French were male, that boys feel French…

Coming soon on Planet French!

Planet French is constantly growing, like a loaf of fresh dough in the oven. What started with a handful of videos and eBooks now has over 750 French resources, and rising! These include weekly Canadian news episodes in levelled French and 45 French courses. Just this past year, we’ve added 50+ more resources. In addition…

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Franco-Ontariens Course Demo

CLICK THE VIDEO TO PREVIEW Here is a preview of our amazing kit LES FRANCO-ONTARIENS. The kit has everything you need to cover the theme. The book has stunning photographs and the DVDs come with tons of videos. We went everywhere in Ontario and met great people. Take a look. MASSIVE, COMPREHENSIVE and FUN FRENCH KIT:…

French culture Kits and Packs

BOOKSMARTS FRENCH CULTURE KITS AND PACKS Over 600 levelled French resources!

Resources designed with differentiation in mind

Planet French is an online site that includes over 40 complete French courses. Each course is made up of content at three levels of difficulty spanning grades 2 to 12, to make it easy and quick for teachers to instantly apply differentiated instruction.

Le Moyen Age: New online course in levelled French

We’re releasing a new Booksmarts French kit: Le Moyen Äge. This kit covers the period starting at the fall of the Roman Empire all the way to the Renaissance. The level of French is perfect for immersion and extended French. It addresses the need for a compelling social studies resource that explains causal relationships rather…

Le Monde des Animaux French Kit

This kit has 12 videos in easy French and intermediate French, plus new ones added. We keep adding new videos and easy French books to our kits. With online access, the kits are never stale, and always get new material. We don’t remove any material either. An eBook available online The online eBook has an…

Teaching in the Robot Age

Experts tell us many jobs will be done by robots instead of by humans. When? Very soon. It’s already begun. Bank tellers have been replaced to a large degree by ATMs and soon even financial analysts will see their jobs go to artificial intelligence. Most finance firms already use AI to make stock predictions at…

Episode Le Racisme-George Floyd Partie 1

Planet French brings Canadian and World news and current events to the French classroom. The articles and videos are age and level-appropriate. The text is under the videos, and many articles feature a self-correcting quizz at the bottom. Episode #195 is the first of a multi-part series on racism. Planet French subscriptions are available for…

Notre-Dame: les travaux recommancent!

Cette semaine on recommence la reconstruction de l’église Notre Dame. La cathédrale historique existe depuis 800 ans. Elle brûle en 2019. Clique sur l’image pour voir la vidéo de l’incendie et de notre reportage. Ou clique ici pour voir la vidéo de l’intérieur de Notre-Dame prise par l’équipe de Planet French. On essaye de la sauver. Mais…

Teaching French with Ethics

I recently published a Planet French episode involving the police forcefully arresting a teenage girl dressed as a Star Wars Storm Trooper in Lethbridge, Alberta. I hesitated before publishing this piece. I thought no one would want to watch it. I thought everyone would steer clear of it because at the heart of it was…

How sweet it is: Histoires d’Érablière

There’s a place deep in a Canadian forest where time has stopped. So has my jeep: I’ve arrived. In this strange land people wear clothes from another time, cook food from another planet, and speak French. The giant smiling lumberjack welcomes me and our camera crew to La Sucrerie de la Montagne. Une érablière rustique,…

How polyglots learn

Polyglots use strategies to learn multiple languages. Each polyglot is different. Here are some strategies they use: 1. Meaning/Patterns/Context: Some polyglots learn the most useful word groups with the highest frequencies first. They learn phrases instead of individual words. 2. Repeated exposure to and repeated use of the language: They expose themselves to the language…

Canoe race Course de canots à glace Carnaval

Do you know what’s possibly the most insane winter competition in the world ?     Out in Quebec city they race canoes on the St-Lawrence River. In February.    It’s part of Le Carnaval de Quebec and let me tell you, it’s freeeezing. I know, I’m there every year.      Consider this: Teams of…

Learn French with French culture and Haiti !

One of the best ways to learn French is through French culture. One of the least known but most interesting French cultural hotspots is Haiti. This video shares samples from the French resource Bienvenue en Haiti, from www.Booksmarts.biz, one of the leading French resources provider.