20 June 2022 Planet French Newsletter

20 June 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French/Voici l’actualité sur Planet French: ALL TRACKS: Vidéo-LA FIN JUIN EST OCCUPÉE In this dynamic video: -National Indigenous Peoples Day is June 21st in Canada, -June 21st it’s the longest day of the year. The sun is out the longest. -The Monday closest to June…

13 June 2022 Planet French Newsletter

13 June 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French/Voici l’actualité sur Planet French: ALL TRACKS: LE PLUS GRAND FESTIVAL DE MUSIQUE AU MONDE EST AU CANADA! The biggest French music festival in the world happens right here in Canada! Come with us and visit “Les Francofolies”, meet musicians and music fans of all…

7 June 2022 Planet French Newsletter

7 June 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French/Voici l’actualité sur Planet French: ALL TRACKS: LE VÉLO, avec Samuel Le Tour de l’île: 15,000 Vélos à Montréal ! This new video has it all. French culture in the heart of Montreal, summer sports, cycling, and the basic vocabulary about bicycles taught by a…

1 June 2022 Planet French Newsletter

1 June 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French/Voici l’actualité sur Planet French: Beginner track: New lesson, c’est une pomme. Basic vocabulary building around fruits. Apples, bananas and oranges. Here is the link to the video: https://planetfrench.com/lessons/cest-une-pomme-facile/   All Tracks: New episode, #278: Top gun, a 13 year-old First Nations girl from Manitoba…

24 May 2022 Planet French Newsletter

24 May 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French/Voici l’actualité sur Planet French: All Tracks: New episode, on prend le thé avec la reine! It’s the queen’s jubilee, so we have high tea with Queen Elizabeth. We learn about tea, what to eat with it, how to prepare it and the proper way…

17 May 2022 Planet French Newsletter

17 May 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French/Voici l’actualité sur Planet French: All Tracks: New episode, 276-Batteries nucléaires-Activités d’été: LA PLONGÉE SOUS-MARINE Summer’s on the way. We’re releasing a series of new videos on summer sports and activities in levelled French. In this episode, we meet an expert deep sea diver. Plus: Gasoline…

11 May 2022 Planet French Newsletter

11 May 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French: All Tracks: New unit “Visite chez les insectes-1ère partie” It’s spring so there’s sunshine, flowers and…bugs! Students are fascinated by insects. They’re a great topic for French. Today, we continue the unit on insects with “VISITE CHEZ LES INSECTES, 1ere partie”. Yes, yes we…

4 May 2022 Planet French Newsletter

4 May 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French: All Tracks: LES NOUVELLES: Episode #273-Lotterie-Maritimes: tondeuses-insectes A pizza delivery man’s friends aren’t sharing a piece of their $1M lottery win and the “No mowe May” movement hits Canada’s maritime provinces. What are insects good for? We go visit an expert and 3000+ special…

2 May 2022 Planet French Newsletter

2 May 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French: Absolute beginner Track: Mother’s Day and new unit “LA FAMILLE” Mother’s Day is this coming weekend so we celebrate with a few videos on “La Fête des Mères”, plus we kick off a brand new unit on family: “LA FAMILLE”. Absolute beginners track: The video “C’est…

27 APRIL 2022 Planet French Newsletter

27 April 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today on Planet French: All Tracks: GUY LAFLEUR ALL TRACKS: Today’s episode pays tribute to one of the greatest hockey players of all time: The great Guy Lafleur. We take your students on a trip downtown Montreal to the Bell Centre, which houses the arena and the Montreal Canadian’s…

19 APRIL 2022 Newsletter

19 April 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today : -ALL TRACKS: Friday, it’s EARTH DAY! La Journée de la Terre! It’s a planetary celebration. We have you covered with these videos, amongst others, in levelled French: -Video “La Journée de la Terre”: Il y a beaucoup d’activités partout au Canada. Click here for the video: https://planetfrench.com/courses/nouvelles-actualite-cette-semaine/lessons/la-journee-de-la-terre-partie-1/…

12 APRIL 2022 Newsletter

12 April 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s happening today : -Easy/intermediate track: We explore Easter and other religious celebrations in the video episode, “Pâques et beaucoup d’autres célébrations religieuses!”. -ALL TRACKS: BREAKING NEWS: Kinder chocolats recalled for salmonella. This timely video is called “Danger: Oeuf en chocolat”. In this episode, we go out on a hunt…

30 March 2022 Newsletter

30 March 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s highlighted today : -Today’s episode is about spring, and more specifically the basic vocabulary around spring. This is part 1. -The video “La sucrerie de la montagne, part 2” is a great summary of the traditional foods served at the sugar shack, presented by a giant smiling lumber jack,…

21 March 2022 Newsletter

21 March 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next: -Today’s episode is full of dinosaur fun and since it’s spring we look into the tradition of changing our clocks in spring and in fall. -A young girl shares her passion for riding motorcycles with her dad. She even beats the men at…

17 March 2022 Newsletter

17 March 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next: 224-Episode 224: Notre-Dame/Robots/St-Patrick/Erablière/Les Traditions! In today’s episode in levelled French: -Notre-Dame cathedral is being rebuilt with ancient trees -Pizza delivery robots in Toronto -It’s St-Patrick’s Day! -Both St-Pattie’s Day and the Érablière, the sugar shack are “traditions” and so we get students to…

15March 2022 Newsletter

15 March 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next: Manitoba: Pompier autochtone de 15 ans/Terre-Neuve-Labrador: Hélicoptère en danger! In today’s news episode in levelled French: -Manitoba: A 15 year-old First Nations boy joins his brother and becomes a fire fighter to save his community. -Alberta: Vaccines are now available for the third…

8 March 2022 Newsletter

8 March 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next: LA JOURNÉE INTERNATIONALE DES FEMMES March 8th is International Women’s Day. This important milestone marks the impact and contributions women around the world have made and are continuing to make. Click here for a short article in easy French, on Planet French: https://planetfrench.com/courses/nouvelles-actualite-cette-semaine/lessons/8-mars-journee-internationale-des-femmes/…

3 March 2022 Newsletter

3 March 2022 Newsletter Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next: This week on Planet French: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED TRACKS: To be honest, I had something else in mind for this week’s episode. Then the world went crazy…Again… So, last weekend we took our cameras and went out to meet Ukrainians. They spoke to us, in French.…

22 Feb 2022 Newsletter

22 Feb Newsletter Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next: This week on Planet French: ALL TRACKS: It’s Pink Shirt Day this week. Planet French features the intermediate French video La Journée du chandail rose, the easy French video L’intimidation-solutions, and the complete course “L’intimidation” at different levels of French. Click here for the…

7 Feb 2022 Newsletter

7 Feb Newsletter Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next: This week on Planet French: ALL TRACKS: -Since Valentine’s Day is Monday, we’re covering it all through this week. This episode is about the symbols of Valentine’s Day, including jewels, chocolates and flowers. We also get hit by a snow storm and talk about…

31 Jan 2022 Newsletter

31 Jan Newsletter Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next: -This week in episode #258 we cover the winter Olympics in Beijing, it’s the beginning of Le Carnaval de Québec (this weekend). It’s black history month, so we introduce the course “Bienvenue en Haiti”, which includes texts and videos at 3 levels of difficulty…

24 Jan 2022 Newsletter

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…

13 Jan 2022 Newsletter

13 Jan Newsletter Here’s what’s new today and what’s coming next: We’ve just added a new self-correcting quizz at the bottom of episode 255 your students can do from home or school when they get back. To see how you can share lessons with your students, scroll down for more info. Planet French has the…

5 Jan 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to 2022! Welcome to January and to 2022! In this newsletter: I’m very excited to share a 4-week planner with you around winter sports on Planet French. A new video tutorial for teachers. It will help with remote teaching.  How all your students can register to Planet French Weekly Canadian news videos in easy…

6 DECEMBER NEWSLETTER: C’est le concours “Écris une lettre au père Noel”!/Telescope Webb/Plus gros magasin de jouets au monde/Lutins entrevue/Nouvelle leçon Volcans

What’s going on this week on Planet French: It’s another huge week on Planet French! The tremendously popular contest for French students “Écris une lettre au père Noel”! starts Today! We’re also featuring the biggest toy store in the world and we’re starting our interviews with Santa’s elves. By Wednesday we’ll be adding a new…

23 NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER: Les Nouvelles à travers le Canada/Championnes canadiennes/inondations historiques en Colombie-Britannique

252-Inondations Historiques En Colombie-Britannique: Les Canadiens Mettent Leurs De Travail In this episode we cover the historic floods in BC, how BC has been rocked by successive hardships: Covid, forest fires and historic flooding. Canadians are nothing if not resilient. This short film takes you through an accelerated timeline of Canadian resilience. Visit the Planet…

8 NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER: Les Nouvelles à travers le Canada, Réunion sur le climat, le Jour du Souvenir!

8 NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER: Les Nouvelles à travers le Canada, Réunion sur le climat, le Jour du Souvenir! The news this week (in easy French): Halifax, nouveau robot/Calgary, des jeunes champions/Toronto, première navette électrique/Winnipeg-Manitoba, un chien vole une voiturette de golf!/Vancouver, on arrête de couper les arbres anciens/Réunion internationale sur le climat: Comment les arbres aident…

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…

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…

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:…

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…