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…

New science courses: La Terre et l’Espace!

Booksmarts Planet French have just released a new online course called LA TERRE ET L’ESPACE. It targets immersion students and helps students reach curriculum outcomes with short videos in levelled French. These short, concise lessons clearly explain science concepts in levelled French. Science courses include tectonic plates, volcanos, light, chemistry, the rock cycle, the water…

Canadian students score 6th place in worldwide PISA results

According to an article by Crawford Kilian, students from wealthy backgrounds scored better than students from less fortunate socio economic backgrounds. The results show girls significantly outscored boys in reading. Click here for the full article.  Using online learning platforms like planet French helps bridge the gap between rich/poor, girls/boys because students can instantly access…

New science courses: les cellules

Booksmarts Planet French have just released a new video in the course “Les cellules” called “Les différents types de cellules”. In this week’s release, we cover the components of animal and plant cells and photosynthesis. This lesson follows the lesson covering cell theory. We are producing science courses in levelled French covering the science curriculum.…

Kit Le Hockey

Each kit contains one DVD video and 10 copies of the book. Grades 2 through 12. The video features: Description, Montreal Canadiens Hall of fame visit ! equipment, interviews, rules, history …and more, all in simple French with authentic speakers ! The video and the book go hand in hand. The video plays on PCs, Macs and on DVD players. Our videos offer several chapters for a total of between 35-60 minutes. 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 on slide for more information.

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:…

Quebec City French conference

Dans cet épisode vidéo de 8 minutes: Les nouvelles- on va à quebec – on installe des pneus d’hiver, on rencontre des profs de français- on rencontre des soldats français et britanniques de la période entre 1700/1812. Puis on raconte une légende de fantômes de Québec et on discute de certains points. En plus, le…

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…

Remembrance Day-Le Jour du Souvenir

It’s Remembrance Day. Here are videos and articles your French students might enjoy today. You can show these in class with a free guest 5 day trial account by filling the check-in form on www.planetfrench.com. We’re featuring 4 videos and one article about “Le Jour du Souvenir” and about the armed forces on Planet French,…

Today Nov. 4 on Planet French

Thank you for all the amazing positive feedback regarding Halloween videos on Planet French. Coming up to Remembrance Day on Nov. 11th, Planet French is releasing content about this and about the Canadian armed forces. Let’s talk a husband and wife team of Canadian military spies. They met during the War and subscribers can read…

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…

Science courses for French immersion

SCIENCE For French immersion Croissance chez les animaux Language must be levelled Immersion students don’t need adapted content from French mother tongue, they need properly levelled content. Access Planet French mobile Students can access all Planet French content from anywhere on any device Planet French content is levelled Planet French videos are levelled, fun and…

Bienvenue au Snack Bar Kit

Ordering food at the snack bar/fast food. Each kit contains one DVD video and 5 copies of the book LE SNACK BAR ! Grades 2 through 12.

The video and the book cover all aspects of going to a snack bar and ordering fast food. A practical, communication based resource. All the key vocabulary and high frequency thematic language is covered. Authentic French speakers in realistic situations. The books have a variety of texts and genres including descriptive texts, narrations, dialogues, and more!

Bienvenue à Québec!

Quebec city is one of the most visited places in North America. There are so many events and places to see in Quebec, but which is the best? We visit them all with videos, books, eBooks and more!  This amazing French kit has 19 videos, each matching a chapter in the book and in the…

Bienvenue au Cinema ! Kit

Going to the movies. Each kit contains one DVD video and 5 copies of the book. Grades 2 through 12.

The video and the book cover all aspects of going to the movies. A practical, communication based resource. All the key vocabulary and high frequency thematic language is covered. Authentic French speakers in realistic situations. The books have a variety of texts and genres including descriptive texts, narrations, dialogues, and more!

Are class sizes too big?

Class sizes are an issue in many parts of the country. For example in Calgary enrolments are rising by 2000 new students each year and parents are concerned with class sizes hitting nearly 40 students, according to a recent CBC article. There’s not enough money to hire more teachers and with big classes it’s hard…

Why French teachers leave

The Canadian Office of the commissioner of official languages conducted a recent study on the state of FSL and immersion in Canada. In short, it found that parents across Canada want their kids to learn French, and they want it to be available at school. At the same time, there’s a shortage of FSL and…

DVD La St-Jean-Baptiste

LA FÊTE DE LA ST-JEAN BAPTISTE! Grades 2 through 12. The video features:
• The parade
• The people and places
• The festivities and food
• The music
• An interview with the chief organiser and with others
• …and more, all in simple French with authentic speakers !
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Bienvenue au Snack Bar Book

Ordering food at the snack bar/fast food. Grades 2 through 12.

The book covers all aspects of going to a snack bar and ordering fast food. A practical, communication based resource. All the key vocabulary and high frequency thematic language is covered. Authentic French speakers in realistic situations. The books have a variety of texts and genres including descriptive texts, narrations, dialogues, and more!

Book Histoire de Montréal

MONTREAL, sa culture et son histoire! Grades 2 through 12. The video features: • The culture and history of Montreal • The evolution of Montreal from the French settlers to today. • A guided visit to the Pointe-à-Callières museum located right in the cradle of Montreal. • …and more, all in simple French with authentic speakers !

Book La St-Jean-Baptiste

LA FÊTE DE LA ST-JEAN BAPTISTE! Grades 2 through 12. The video features: • The parade • The people and places • The festivities and food • The music • An interview with the chief organiser and with others • …and more, all in simple French with authentic speakers !