24 Jan Newsletter
Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next:
-This week we cover the winter Olympics in Beijing, a surprise in Mexico, and the Metaverse with this new episode #257, we introduce le Carnaval de Québec and la ville de Québec and we continue with winter sports. We are also running a special on printed books ending in 7 days (see below).
-I made a quick planner for you indicating my Planet French suggestions for this week. The planner tracks 3 paths.
The easy/beginner, medium and advanced paths. Click image to enlarge.
-As Planet French now has over 830 lessons, We try to give you organised recommendations but you can easily tailor your syllabus to your specific student’s needs by using the search “loupe”, the advanced search features, or by browsing the courses. As always, I welcome your content suggestions.
-We have many more lessons coming up for the categories K-3, advanced/senior, sciences and social studies and are adding to hundreds of intermediate lessons. If you’d like to work with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Only 7 days left on printed books, books, books…
We have received several emails from teachers looking to order printed books to go along with the Planet French Booksmarts eBooks and courses.
We put together a special promotion ending January 31st, in 10 days, featuring our French culture and everyday situations courses.
It seems that while digital content is practical, there is still a need for physical books.
Here are the deals, but please note: we are not supplying DVDs. All the DVD content (the videos and teacher’s guide–when it exists) is now online.
Also note that the pandemic has left us with very low inventory levels. Titles not on the “Current Specials” page may or may not be available. Please check with us for titles not on the specials page.
Planet French has the most comprehensive French course on Le Carnaval for all grades Click here for the course, BUT…
I’d recommend you save it for the end of January, beginning of February.
Not only does it coincide more with the actual Carnaval, but it gives you the opportunity to do 2 other courses first:
…Bienvenue à Québec is a great introduction to the Carnaval because it helps students get situated in Quebec. CLick here for the course.
We recommend doing the first part of the course introducing students to the city of Quebec now, then doing the Carnaval course, then doing the rest of the Bienvenue à Québec course in the spring.
Bienvenue au Carnaval!
The biggest French course on Le Carnaval for the biggest winter festival in the world! The video and the book feature: • An interview with Bonhomme Carnaval • All the key attractions of the Quebec Carnaval • The “Carnaval” parade • The ice palace • The Snow sculptures competition • The canoe races on the icy waters of the St. Lawrence river • The history of the quebec carnaval. • Vintage video footage and photos of the first carnaval. The video and the book go hand in hand. The video plays on PCs, Macs and on DVD players. The books are 28 pages full colour, beautiful photographs. The books has a variety of texts and genres including descriptive texts, narrations, dialogues, and more! Click here for the course.
How pandemics end/Comment finissent les pandémies (Episode #256):
This episode puts things in perspective. It’s not the first pandemic in history. There are 4 ways pandemics end. In the second part of the episode, students compare studying from home and studying at school.
…les sports d’hiver.
This unit has an eBook and videos for all levels. The eBook is colour-coded: Green square means easy. Black is advanced, blue is in-between (just like the signs on a ski hill!).
This 4-week planner works for in-person as well as for remote learning. All your French students have access to Planet French with their own accounts. More on that later.
You can see the 4 week planner by clicking here if you’re already logged in to your Planet French account.
To login, visit www.planetfrench.com or click here and enter your username and your password. If you are a Planet French member, you should see your username and password Guy emailed you this week. Please check your spam folder. If you don’t see that email, please contact email@example.com for all the relevant links.
The activities, videos and eBooks provided herein are designed to maximize oral communication opportunities around topics relevant to them. They expose students to authentic French speakers and engage students in meaningful tasks.
YOUR STUDENT LOGINS AND REMOTE LEARNING
Many of you might be teaching remotely again because of Omicron. Fear not, we’ve made student access to Planet French easier still.
Your students get access with their own accounts. If you haven’t already registered your French students, it’s easy. Just give them the link and password Guy emailed you this week. Please check your spam folder. If you don’t see that email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for all the relevant links.
You can assign Planet French content to all registered students. They can access and open it REMOTELY. All you do is share the target page’s URL with your students.
TUTORIAL VIDEO FOR TEACHERS
See how other teachers use Planet French, check out this tutorial for teachers, specifically at 9:09 and at 9:58 to see how to share assignments and how to register your students, or better still, watch the whole video and you’ll fly with Planet French. It only takes 10 minutes!