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Très Bien French
User-friendly site with lessons ranging from beginner to advanced in grammar and vocabulary (e.g. travel, medical, business, games)
   
Duolingo
“Learn a language for free. Forever.”
This amazingly user-friendly, ever-growing site gives lessons and then quizzes you on the topic, tracking your progress, awarding you along the way, and offering a daily practice reminder. Includes French-learning programs for speakers of English, Spanish, and German. Corresponding app available at the Apple iTunes App Store.
   
Wikiversity
Free and open-source educational resources for French language, culture, history, literature, and philology
   
About.com: French
Free online tools for learning and practicing French: lessons, quizzes, sound files, etc.
   
Anki
“Friendly, intelligent flash cards. Remembering things just became much easier.”
Downloadable flash card program capable of effortlessly handling 100,000+ cards, along with multi-device synchronization, ability to embed images, audio & video, and several available add-ons.
   
BBC Languages: French
Language-learning resource from the British Broadcasting Company with lessons, videos, and media links in various languages. Good for beginners.
   
LanguageGuide.org
Vocabulary with pictures and audio by Language Revolution
   
Forvo: French words pronounced
Extensive database of audio clips for pronouncing words in various languages, French included.
   
Memrise
User-friendly interface with communally-created programs. Particularly useful for learning vocabulary. Also available is a corresponding mobile app on iPhone and Android.
   
Tex’s French Grammar
Grammar component of Français Interactif offered online by the University of Texas at Austin
   
ielanguages.com
French vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation exercises and tutorials
   
E.L. Easton: French
Various resources for teaching and learning French from E.L. Easton
   
The ARTFL Project
Verb conjugator for present, past, and future tenses from the University of Chicago
   
SCOLA Web Services

Access to 160 countries & 200 languages!

  • World TV Online: 24/7 international broadcast programs on 8 channels, spanning European, Spanish & Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Asian, African, Middle East, Southeast Asia-Far East, and Eurasian countries/languages
  • International Radio in 29 languages
  • On The Street Videos: over 7,000 videos from 90 countries showing informal native speech in everyday situations
  • People & Places: over 29,000 photos from around the world 
  • Foreign Text: 200 recurring newspaper and magazine publications in 70 languages
  • Insta-Class: materials in 52 languages with quizzes and vocabulary already provided
  • Video Editor create your own video clips in the classroom

To access SCOLA Web Services from any computer on the BC network, go to:

http://www.scola.org/scola/ipautologin.aspx

See SCOLA’s Technical Information page to make full use of these Online resources. For more information, including how to access SCOLA Web Services on your iPhone or iPad, contact:

Cynthia Bravo (cynthia.bravo@bc.edu)
Director of the Language Lab

   
Yabla

Learning through authentic media:

  • Television
  • Music videos
  • Drama
  • Interviews
  • Travel
  • Yabla exclusive shoots

Yabla media player features:

  • Slow Play
  • Integrated Dictionaries
  • Listening Game
  • Dual Language Subtitles
  • And more…

Languages offered:

Access BC’s Subscription to all 6 of these Yabla sites at any Language Lab computer workstation.

ASK A LAB ASSISTANT TO LOG YOU IN TODAY!

French Media

Le Monde One of the most widely respected French daily newspapers, with a center-left alignment
   
Paroles.net Source for French song lyrics
   
LangMedia
French Index by Five College Center for the Study of World Languages with authentic, unscripted video, audio, and still images covering practical aspects of daily life in France, Luxembourg, Morocco, Senegal, Canada, and Martinique
   
RFI — L’actualité en français facile Selected radio broadcasts (under the heading “La langue française”) designed for use by French language students
   
Le Figaro French newspaper with a right-leaning (conservative) editorial line