There has always been demand for easy texts in all media for second language students. But it became apparent to us that there was also a need for Canadian news videos in levelled French.
So we created a complete solution for French teachers called Planet French.
It has age and level-appropriate complete curriculum-compliant courses as well as weekly news programming. Here’s what’s inside:
THE COMPLETE BOOKSMARTS PLANET FRENCH ONLINE LIBRARY:
Planet French Booksmarts is the only all-in-one French solution with
- The news and topical videos in easy French
- Complete programming units including eBooks, videos, narrated eBooks and teacher’s guides for both FSL and immersion
- New immersion courses to cover the Science curriculum
- Covers multiple proficiency levels in each of the resources
This GIANT ONLINE LIBRARY includes all Booksmarts French kits plus Planet French weekly topical Canadian and World news content in levelled French.
PLANET FRENCH WEEKLY CANADIAN NEWS/CURRENT EVENTS VIDEOS IN LEVELLED FRENCH!
The Only French platform that releases WEEKLY Canadian & World News videos in levelled French
Planet French releases the News in levelled French each week. Why?
Because the news is a great way to make French relevant and to expose your students to real life comprehensible input.
What’s more relevant than the news to start authentic conversations in your French class?
Planet French and Booksmarts Courses make up “The Complete Booksmarts Planet French online library”, the BP.
Complete French culture courses include Le Carnaval, France, Montreal, Quebec, Les Franco-Ontariens, Les Acadiens, L’Érablière, La Saint-Jean, Haiti, and more!
Each course contains texts and videos at different levels of difficulty. This allows the teacher to quickly differentiate depending on each student’s proficiency. The teacher can cover all grade levels with one course, which saves time. These courses are used in core French FSL and with French immersion students. Printed versions of each book are available to order.
Everyday situations courses. These make French relevant, comprehensible and fun.
There are courses from everything in your student’s experiential universe, from eating to sports. Each course shows a huge variety of French speakers of all ages in authentic situations. Each book/eBook has chapters at different levels and matching videos and activities. These courses are used in core French FSL and with French immersion students. Click here to go to the Everyday situations page with samples.
NEW VIDEO COURSES FOR IMMERSION COVERING THE SCIENCES CURRICULUM, IN LEVELLED FRENCH!
We have a dozen new courses in progress to cover the science curriculum for grades 2-12. Courses include Space exploration, Cells and biology, Aerodynamics and flight, The Rock cycle, the Water cycle, Seasons, Animal growth, Tectonic plates, Volcanoes, Electricity, and more. We are constantly adding more science videos in levelled, comprehensible French to this fascinating collection designed especially for the French immersion curriculum. Click here for the Science courses page.
Social studies courses including Canada’s First Nations, The Middle Ages, and more, in levelled French!
The amazing course LES PEUPLES AUTOCHTONES DU CANADA is designed specifically to meet curriculum outcomes. It’s large team of authors and collaborators is comprised of First Nations members from all provinces. It features a comprehensive text and over 25 videos matching the text’s chapters, as well as activities in downloadable blackline masters. Click here for the samples page.
For samples of LE MOYEN ÂGE, click here for the Middle Ages page.
It covers all levels of French second language and of French immersion.
These components fit together in comprehensive programming units and are designed for the curriculum.
Plays on all your and your student’s devices!
Between this library and Planet French, French teachers can now access over 700 videos, activities, eBooks, and narrated eBooks in levelled French from anywhere on any device!
Your students also have access to it from everywhere on all their devices!
Here’s how to order:
To subscribe your school to Planet French, CLICK HERE. If you have a DISCOUNT PROMO CODE, enter it on the ordering page.
The international school subscription is $1700 but Canadian schools only pay $399 with promo code BP25399 now. Canadian school districts can get a discount up to 95% based on volume. Contact us for a price quote.
To see or order products from our catalogue, CLICK HERE.
To see how the courses work, CLICK HERE
To watch more tutorial videos, CLICK HERE
The Only French resource with multi-levelled courses
We cover 3 levels in each course. Why? This way, different students can cover the same theme regardless of their individual level. You don’t have to run around looking for levelled books and videos. They’re all right here in every course.
The easiest French videos
There are other online French platforms. But their videos are too advanced for our students.
The BP has a more “dynamic range” ie: a broader range of levels than any other platform.
From absolute beginners to advanced native French speakers
Reviews from French teachers using our products:
“I just love your site. Thanks. Joyeux Noel!” Tara Lee Carpenter, 4-8 French/Arts, Primary and EY Prep Coverage
“I have been using this resource with my French class and it has been awesome! The students especially enjoy the e-books and videos. 🙂 Cheers, Bridget” Christ The Redeemer School District, AB
“Love the videos for Valentine’s day. So love having something theme related to watch, in FRENCH !!!!! Thank you” Lise Callahan
“Hello Planet French, I love your products. They are visually appealing and relevant. Thanks. Jo-Anne Hass, Basic French Teacher École Stanley Knowles School”
“You are awesome! Thank you Guy:)” Laura Harrison, French Consultant, SD68, Nanaimo, BC
“Toi, tu es fantastique!” Josée Boutin SK-12 French as a Second Language Consultant Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB, ON
“I am new in this role and I haven’t really had the time yet to look at and try out all of your resources. So far I have just been using some videos, which are just great for my grade fours with the slow, clear French. I like how the videos are seasonal or related to current events. e.g. The videos about Ouragan Irma were very topical and interesting for us. Keep up the great work!” Clare, CESD73, BC
“I am truly enjoying having access to all of the videos and lessons and ebooks on Planet French. Thanks for all you do! Your materials are excellent and are very much appreciated! Bonne Journée!” Debbie Blais Jaffray Elem/Junior Secondary, BC
“I’ve been using Planet French for the past 4 months and I really like it. My students can access most resources (videos, news, e-texts,…). Both Core French and French Immersion students can access resources. And my students love the fact that they can actually understand when I show them a video or when we read a book. We just finished the unit (=Booksmarts kit) about Bonhomme Carnaval, which comes with a teacher’s guide (with an AOT = culminating task), an e-book, and videos. My students were engaged and learned a lot. We also had a lot of discussions which was great for their oral French. We will continue to watch the news, and we will use the Booksmarts kit “Le Monde des Animaux” during our study of “Habitats”. There are also videos that I will integrate in my health unit on nutrition. And I haven’t explored all the resources yet! ” Agnes MacNay Gr.4 FI Room 5 Notre Dame School, ON
“I just clicked on one of the stories and videos and it looks perfect for the level of our students. Thanks again, Patrice”
“Hi Guy, Just received the videos and books that we ordered. Just wanted to let you know that these are a wonderful resource for us … Thanks so much!” Colleen Ecole Edwards School
“My students and I enjoy your products… as we get to watch your videos and read the books. …Thank you for your efforts. They support me in mine.” Melinna MacKenzie GP Christian School
“Cher Guy, Mes élèves ont tellement adoré votre livre et vidéo (…) Les élèves s’amusaient beaucoup en faisant ces activités, (…) ! C’était vraiment un plaisir (…) !!! Merci beaucoup! Bien à vous, ” Stephanie Potier West Hills Middle School
“Perfect! …They love it! …Thanks again! Merci Beaucoup!!” Louise OLOF”
“J. Lattanzio, French teacher in Dundas “I really liked the layout of this new book with the three different levels of reading difficulty colour-coded , the interesting historical facts found within, the various dialogues that could be easily acted out by students to practice their oral skills, and all of the colourful pictures. My students enjoyed the video very much and are engaged with all the activities that Guy supplied. They are motivated to practice all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking ) and engage with each other in a much more dynamic way.”
Margie James, French teacher in Ontario, says: With the different color coded levels, it was really neat that I had it all in one pack…it’s hard to differentiate all the time…And the videos really helped as they were able to use all the visual cues…it’s great !
Thanks so much – btw I LOVED the zombies video!” “Madeline Turan
The Halloween videos were very entertaining and students were able to follow along with you. The topics were interesting to my intermediate students and your rate of speech is understandable for them. Judith Ward Thank you very much.
My students and I loved the video les pommes and worked very well with it . Mrs. Mazur
I showed your site at “Parents Night” and they were thrilled! My students love Planet French! We are doing clothes in 8th grade so I had them watch the segment on “Les vêtements de vélo” and answer a questionnaire about it. Merci pour tout! Nicole Baker
The students LOVED the snack bar. We ended up drawing our own snack bars in groups and setting up a conversation around each snack bar. Loads of fun!!! Thank you! Karine Tregear