From pre-school tots to high school students, there are so many ways for children and teens to practice and develop their French-language skills in fun and engaging ways outside of the classroom – here are a few!
NOTE: The resources listed here do not necessarily reflect CPF’s views or opinions. CPF is not responsible for the content of any of the websites/resources and does not endorse the provider of the website or any products it offers. N.B. some websites are available in French only.
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
Finding great books to read en français has never been easier!
- Check out French e-books in the Tumblebooks online library – many libraries and schools offer free access
- Some municipal libraries maintain comprehensive lists of French-language materials, check out North Vancouver City Library’s “Liste de livres” here and Burnaby Public Library’s French Immersion section here.
- La Bibliothèque des Amériques: become a member for free and have access to thousands of French titles for all ages
- Indigo’s French Book List and French Immersion Book Lists
- L’école des Loisirs is the most important French publisher dedicated to literature for children and youth for over 50 years. The books are available with a subscription through the MAX Book Club, which is popular with schools and CPF chapters in BC. You can also listen to some of the books for free on the MAX Book Club site.
- La Charte pour les enfants: French versions of the 14 books in The Charter for Children series which introduces children to the basic principles of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- Kayak magazine (Canadian history presented in a comic-book style)
- Les Débrouillards magazine (fun science magazine for younger kids)
- GéoAdo (fun science magazine for teens)
- Bookaboo Fun French preschool show about a world-famous rock star puppy who needs to read a story a day to play!
Watching French movies at home is a fun way to enrich French studies in a relaxed environment.
Several Canadian channels offer a wide variety of French children’s shows to watch online:
Engaging ways for kids to practice their French outside of the classroom in a variety of subjects
Here are some fun French board games (“jeux de société”)
Or play word and number games you already own – Scrabble, Bananagrams, Uno, Boggle etc – en français!
ONLINE GAMES & APPS
And here some great online games and apps:
- La Francomobile An engaging and motivating game-based way for kids aged 7 to 12 to learn French the fun way!
- IDÉLLO A new world of online learning with thousands of French-language games, apps and websites for all ages and levels.
- Zone Jeunesse Radio-Canada’s interactive youth website
- Le Petit Champlain a free app for little explorers to learn about Samuel de Champlain’s life in a fun way
- La Tablette de Champlain What if Samuel de Champlain had access to a digital tablet?
- Les Jeux de Lulu
- StopMo Studio French version of National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning stop-motion app
- EduLuLu the Canadian reference for educational apps in French and English for 2 to 17 year olds
Learning songs in French will help children expand their vocabulary, learn new expressions and develop confidence.
Take in some live shows en français!
French summer camps offer opportunities for children to practice their French while engaging in all kinds of exciting activities. Teachers often notice that children are more willing to speak in French if they have attended a camp in French over the summer.
Sites to help you visit French-speaking areas in Canada and around the world in person or virtually!
10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 264 made the provincial finals, and 8 students from North Vancouver took home top awards in this year’s pan-provincial French public-speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire, Saturday, May 6th at SFU Surrey.
Click link below for list of North Vancouver winners and their photos:
“Through participation in Concours, students develop confidence and improve their French but as well their skills in time management, listening and critical thinking. Ultimately they become more effective as communicators, capable of inspiring others,” said Diane Tijman, President of Canadian Parents for French – BC & Yukon. “We are so proud of all our Concours participants. Bravo à vous tous et toutes pour votre belle participation!” she added.
Bonne chance to Matthew Wilson who will be going on to represent BC in the upcoming National Concours d’art oratoire competition for senior secondary students in Ottawa-Gatineau, Saturday June 3rd, 2017!
Find out more about Concours d’art oratoire here:
On April 11, 2017, North Vancouver students took to the podium to demonstrate their French language skills as part of the annual Concours d’art oratoire, hosted by the North Vancouver School District and the North Vancouver chapter of Canadian Parents for French. Every year, students from throughout the school district take part in this well recognized French public speaking competition. Students hone their oral French and public speaking skills to compete first at the school level and then, for the winners from the schools, at the district finals. District level winners will then earn a spot to compete at provincials (May 6, 2017 in Surrey, BC). Secondary level students who win top spots at Provincials will travel to the national capital area to compete for scholarships and other prizes in the CPF’s National Concours competition on June 3 in Gatineau, Quebec.
2017 North Vancouver School District finalists:
The complete list of finalists who moved onto Provincials can be found here.
Félicitations to all the competitors and un grand merci to all the parents, NVSD teachers, CPF volunteers and sponsors who help make Concours a very special event every year!