Polyglots use strategies to learn multiple languages. Each polyglot is different. Here are some strategies they use:
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 and they use it frequently.
But it’s not easy to find a continuous stream of age and level appropriate video, audio and texts that also target the curriculum.
Planet French courses expose French students to French at a level they can understand.
This is in line with comprehensible input theory.
Our activities and end of unit tasks engage students in the use of French with a purpose.
3. They involve many of their senses and multiple intelligences
They’ll read with the audio version turned on, then again with it turned off. Watch videos with the sound on, then off. They’ll draw, illustrate, make presentations.
Planet French Booksmarts French kits help you implement these strategies with your students. Here’s how our courses work.
Our activities and end of unit tasks engage students in the use of French with a purpose.
EVERYDAY REAL LIFE SITUATIONS FRENCH COURSES:
These courses are designed to expose French students to a huge variety of French speakers in a many meaningful situations students are likely to encounter.
Students are then taken through step activities leading to end of unit action-oriented tasks.
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Planet French is the only platform with weekly Canadian news videos and articles and with over 600 French resources for grades k-12.
Planet French courses feature eBooks featuring 3 levels of difficulty in each book to make differentiated instruction quick and easy, and keep your students in their "zone of proximal development" (see examples below).
All teachers and students in your school can access Planet French www.planetfrench.com from anywhere on all devices.
What's different about Booksmarts Planet French kits and courses
What makes our French kits different is the fact we are the only company that offers different levels within the same kit and that our content targets more "Big ideas", more thematic life skills building, more cross-curricular subjects integration, more ethics and according to our customers, offers more in terms of humour and creative tone.
Students cycle through language and thematic activities. They also cycle through written, oral and video content as they go through the material.
FRENCH PACK OF 8 FRENCH KITS ON EVERYDAY REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS: The E805 and the E810 PACKS. There are also 2 Packs, 3 Packs, 4, 5 and 6 Packs for every budget.
We help your French students learn and use practical skills in French!
They not only learn French, but also learn about real life and how to get things done.
Kits include BOOKS, VIDEOS, EBOOKS, EBOOKS WITH AUDIO NARRATION AND ACTIVITIES. :
AVAILABLE ONLINE AND as Printed books:
- Bienvenue au Cinéma!
- Les Vêtements,
- Bienvenue au snack-bar!
- Le Hockey !
- Sports: Ballons et vagues (soccer, basket, etc),
- Le monde des Animaux!
- Les sports d’hiver!
Booksmarts make the best multi-media French kits. Students work with books, eBooks, narrated eBooks and matching videos through step-activities, completing summative tasks.
These kits are a fantastic tool for guided, shared or individual reading, listening and viewing.
The videos are stunning: they expose your students to a variety of French speakers and settings and capture the essence of the culture.
The books feature spectacular images. Every glossy section has levelled texts supported by arresting photographs that leap off the page. The quality is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in a language resource.
The activities in the teacher resources give you all you need to make your class effective. They’re packed with action-oriented, CEFR style activities leading to mastery of summative tasks.
Excerpt from teacher’s guide BIENVENUE AU SNACK-BAR
Excerpt from the BIENVENUE À QUÉBEC teacher’s guide. Students will develop language proficiency as well as integrate cross-curricular subjects and learn life skills.
3 levels of difficulty: We offer different levels in the same books, DVDs and eBooks, including CEFR levels as well as our own colour-coded easy to use scale. This gives students stretch goals and revision opportunities.
This Planet French innovation works. It ties in with the best concepts discussed by Russian scientist Lev Vygotsky and others: successive approximation and the zone of “proximal development”. I know some of Vygotsky’s ideas are controversial but this one works. French is a skill and these kits work in schools across the country.
French teachers love this, as they discuss using the kits in our preview video (fill the form on the right to access our secure demo video section and watch free previews including teachers explaining how they used booksmarts kits).
Here are 3 pages showing examples of the colour-coded 3 levels of difficulty. Each of our kits includes texts and videos at different levels of difficulty so you can use each kit at different levels and quickly apply differentiated instruction.
How to order
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Students learn better when they're exposed to comprehensible input
They need to understand the meaning, the words, and the content should be relevant. In the "Everyday real life situations" kits and Packs, Booksmarts books and videos engage students at all French competency levels by targeting the student's experiential universe: Their everyday life.
NARRATED eBOOKS WITH ACTOR NARRATIONS, FOLLOW-ME CURSOR AND ADJUSTABLE SPEED
You project the eBooks on any whiteboard, the audio follows with professional actors reading the text and the cursor leads. You can pause anytime and model listening and reading strategies for your students.
Your students are instantly engaged and now they can see French as relevant because they watch other Canadians (adults and students) interacting in French, in Canada, on the Booksmarts cultural videos in a variety of fun settings.
Watch this video to see excerpts of the NARRATED EBOOK, with cursor, and adjustable speed.