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From kindergarten to postgraduate studies, CPF has tools and activities for youth and students currently studying French as a second language.

Pathways to Bilingual Success Conference

CPF Ontario has organized Pathways to Bilingual Success conferences where students taking French as a second language learned about bilingual employment and exchange opportunities, post-secondary options, work programs and careers.

Highlights of Pathways to Bilingual Success Conference, October 2012, Windsor, Ontario

FRENCH GAMES & LEARNING TOOLS

GroupeMédia TFO

GroupeMédia TFO has launched its first application for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, available at tfo.org/app/en and on the Apple App Store. This application, based on the image and content of TFO’s children’s television program Mini TFO, provides entertaining, educational games in French for children ages two to six. It is one of the very first children’s games in French to be available on the App Store. Guided in French by the show’s hosts on the air, this game helps young children to develop their spatial skills and teaches them how to count and how to write numbers.

IDÉLLO

IDÉLLO is a dynamic, multilevel, digital platform designed to cater and adapt to different types of learning. This online source offers thousands of rich, up-to-date educational resources in French and has the ideal content for all students, no matter skill level or learning style. Students can explore the content without constraints and at their own pace. These resources promote e-learning and they are compatible with portable devices. Easy to use, user-friendly, and intuitive, IDÉLLO offers an evolving and dynamic environment. Website: www.idello.org

Je Suis Capable

Je Suis Capable is a solution-focused method that can help children, aged 3 to 14 years old, solve their problems by learning new skills. Used in 15 countries and available in 8 languages, this problem solving method comes with guides and a variety of French tools (e.g. progress charts, workbooks, CDs) that are fun and most effective. Tel.: 1-418-725-5461. Website: www.jesuiscapable.ca. E-mail: jopoulio@cgocable.ca.

Jouets Nancy

French books, educational games and toys of high quality for children of all ages. Telephone: 1-877-875-5013. Website: jouetsnancy.com. Email: info@jouetsnancy.com

JUMP Math

Jump Math’s mission is to enhance the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. French Immersion workbooks for Grades 1-6 are now available. Website: www.jumpmath1.org

Sound Language Solutions

Sound Language Solutions sells CDs, posters, language activity cards, and “Welcome to French kits” for teachers and students. Resources have been recommended by Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) for students ages 9-16+ in Core, Extended, Immersion and Intensive French Programs. Tel: 1-866-262-7777. E-mail: info@sls1.ca. Web-site: soundlanguagesolutions.com.

ONLINE & MULTIMEDIA HOMEWORK HELP

2Learn.ca

Produced by Alberta Education, through the main 2Learn website students can find grade-specific sites that provide homework help on a variety of school subjects, including online French resources, links to interactive sites, and resources for parents with school-aged children. The chat function requires a log-in and is for Alberta students only. Content available in French and English. Website: www.2learn.ca

Ask a Teacher

Ontario high school students (grades 9-12) can chat with an online tutor and get live homework help in math, science, or English for free. Registration and log-in is required. The website is entirely in English. Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 5:30-9:30pm (except holidays and reduced in the summer months). Website: www.ilc.org/aat/chat.php

Bon Patron

A free online spelling/grammar checker. Cut and paste text into the box provided and click “vérifier le texte” and mistakes will appear with a red or yellow line. Items boxed in red are grammar errors to be fixed, while those boxed in yellow are possible grammatical problems to be verified. Items underlined in red are spelling mistakes to be fixed and those underlined in yellow are possible spelling mistakes to be verified. Website: www.bonpatron.com

Brain Mass

A homework help service that allows you to post academic problems, from sample questions to complicated theories, in any field of study and quickly receive a detailed explanation from a qualified Online Teaching Assistant (Graduate-level student or professional). You can also search for existing questions. The website is in English but questions about French can be posed. Fees start at $3.99. Website: www.brainmass.com

Cyberpapy

A free homework help service open to anyone, though registration and log-in is required. Students post questions in forums and can browse previously asked questions. The website is entirely in French and questions can be asked about a wide range of topics. Website: www.cyberpapy.com

District School Board of Niagara

The District School Board of Niagara as compiled resources available online that assist students and their families with French homework, with topics ranging from reading to writing, math to multimedia. Website: www.dsbn.edu.on.ca/schools/supportservices/Curriculum/French/default.html

Diguidou!

An interactive website providing free online support to all learners of French as a second language, from grades 4 to 12. Brought to you by Alliance Française. Diguidou! (which means “all is good!” in Ontarian French) presents several learning tools: a forum, cue cards, a billboard, the “info of the week” and more! Diguidou! is entirely written in simple and modern French. It aims at creating a platform for Francophiles to meet, help each other and engage in discussions. Diguidou! allows users to search for, categorize and comment on information as they please. The website, which is easy to navigate, is jointly built and customized by the instructors and the users. Website: www.diguidou.alliance-francaise-toronto.ca

French Essentials

All Canadian, developed by teachers, a downloadable French curriculum produced by French Essentials Their target is primarily homeschool but may also appeal to parents who want to prepare their children for “late immersion”. Website: www.frenchessentials.com. Email: Irene Shone at info@frenchessentials.com  Tel: 418-831-8930.

French Flash Cards

Welcome to our French learning website. Here you can learn French online with our effective Flashcard System. With only 5-10 minutes a day you will be able to improve your French in a short time. Website: www.learnwitholiver.com

FSL Toolbox /Trousse pour les devoirs website

Help for parents with children in French Immersion. This site supports parents who have children in a “French Immersion” (FI) program and wish to assist them with homework in French. It is also a resource for FI students who require an accessible user friendly reference tool to help with homework. Learners and educators in other FSL programs will also find it helpful. Website: www.fslhomeworktoolbox.ca.
Immersion Help

Through our Facebook page, blog and the membership-based program, we aim to promote parent participation in their child’s learning experience as well as to bring some French culture into the home. While the Immersion Help program focuses on academics (learning the language through stories and games), we use the blog and facebook to share tips, cultural information and personal stories. Website: www.immersionhelp.ca

La classe de Madame Marie-France

J’enseigne la 1ère année immersion. I teach grade 1 French Immersion at Hopewell Avenue Public School. Or visit Madame’s blogspot at madamemariefrance.blogspot.com

Learn Alberta

Created by Alberta Education, this website provides digital learning and teaching resources on a variety of subjects by grade level. The website is available in both French and English and there is a French as a Second Language section on the English website. While many resources are available to all, some are restricted by log-in for those in the Alberta Education system. Website: www.learnalberta.ca

Learn with Oliver

Learn French online by becoming a Free or Premium online account holder. Enjoy audio French cards, games, tests, essay writing support, newsletters and more to support you on your learning journey of the French language. Website:  www.learnwitholiver.com/french/index.php

Litteratout

A wide range of new resources in literacy for the elementary grades is available on Litteratout, a new website dedicated to providing quality French language resources for reading, writing, and oral communication instruction. All the resources are downloadable; many are free while others are available at a very reasonable subscription cost. Website: www.litteratout.com

Math Homework Help

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Education’s online math homework help site where students have access to free, real-time math tutoring in English for students grades 7-10. Only students from select Ontario school boards can currently ask questions while the service is in its initial stages but anyone can sign in as a guest and browse the ‘Best Sessions’ and interactive workshops relating to the Ontario math curriculum. Website: www.homeworkhelp.ilc.org

Ministry of Education

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Education’s online for homework help tips at www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/amenagement/FLS.html

My French Club

Online assistance for help with homework or assignments. Website: www.myfrenchclub.ca. Email: info@myfrenchclub.ca. Tel: 647-847-6585.

School Wax Tv

This site offers educational videos on a variety of subjects including world languages, math and science that have all been screened and approved by educators. Students can also upload videos to share their knowledge and understanding with others. Website: www.schoolwaxtv.com French Second Language (FSL) Homework Toolbox (K to Gr. 12)

VIRTUAL LIBRARIES

AskON/ON Demande

A real-time chat information service that offers immediate, interactive, and knowledgeable research and reference help on-line in both French and English. Using chat, staff provide research guidance and can help you navigate the Internet, your library’s services, and other online resources; including several significant, full text magazine and newspaper resources licensed for the use of Ontarians. Website: www.ondemande.ca

Tumble Book Library

An online collection of electronic French picture books for use in schools and libraries. They carry storybooks, audio books, games and much more. Located in Toronto. Tel: 416-781-4010. Website: www.tumblebooklibrary.com. Email for general information: info@tumblebooks.com. Orders: orders@tumblebooks.com

Virtual Reference Library/La biblio de réfèrence virtuelle

The best of the library and the internet! For encyclopedias, world facts, homework help, internet reference sites, dictionaries, quotations and much more. Website: www.bibliovirtuelle.ca

FRENCH SEARCH ENGINES

About.com (French)

This English website provides information, articles, lessons, grammar help, practice worksheets, forums, blogs and more on the French language. The site also provides links to other French resources, including online dictionaries. Website: www.french.about.com

Answers.com (French)

This French search engine lets you ask questions in everyday language and also lets you answer questions asked by others. If your question is similar to one that already exists, you will be directed to that forum. Otherwise, your question will be placed out there for others to answer. You can browse previously asked questions or those still awaiting a response. Website: www.fr.answers.com

Ask.com (French)

This French search engine lets you ask questions in everyday language and searches the internet for answers. Website: www.fr.ask.com

AskKids.com

A search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It’s a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that’s safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines. Does not currently have information in French but will retrieve French websites. Website: www.askkids.com

Google (French)

This French search engine allows you to search the internet for information, websites, articles, etc. using key words. Website: www.google.ca/webhp?hl=fr

School Wax

This site features links to several other search engines suitable for students’ homework needs. No log-in is required and students can access lists of search engines by grade level and subject. The website is available in French and English. Website: www.schoolwax.com

Wikipedia (French)

Find over 974 000 articles in French on a broad range of subjects, free of charge. Website: www.wikipedia.fr

RADIO & TELEVISION

BBC Schools Click on “Students” in the right-hand column and find a ton of online resources by grade level and subject, including French interactive games, audio clips, and quizzes. Parents can click on the “Parents” link on the main page to find helpful resources on how to support your child. Website: www.bbc.co.uk/schools CHOQ FM Listen to Toronto’s French music radio station online from anywhere. Website: www.choqfm.ca Tel: 416-599-2666. Radio-Canada Jeunesse This site offers games, music, contests, online chat forums, and radio programs all online and all in French! Content is geared towards youth with a separate section for younger children. Website: www.radio-canada.ca/jeunesse TFO TFO is Ontario’s French language television network and multimedia provider of educational products and services. Website: www2.tfo.org/education/immersion Tel: 1-800-387-8435, x2388

ONLINE TRANSLATORS

Dictionary Website: en.bab.la/dictionary/english-french Free Translation Website: www.freetranslation.com Google Translate Website: www.translate.google.com Yahoo! Babel Fish Website: babelfish.yahoo.com

MISCELLANEOUS

A Guide for Bilingual Youth, Canadian Parents for French This Guide contains information for bilingual high school students who are interested in using and improving their French-second-language skills after graduation from secondary school. It also offers information about a wide range of opportunities for secondary school graduates such as university programs, summer educational experiences, employment positions or government-sponsored programs for bilingual youth. Beyond Words – Canada’s official languages newsletter The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages invites you to a new virtual meeting place – the newsletter “Beyond Words”. To read the newsletter, visit www.officiallanguages.gc.ca/newsletter. Campsite 24 This is an environmentally-themed website for both students and teachers and brings Ontario’s parks and protected areas to our home, classroom or library. Have fun while you explore the site and learning about environmental protection, plants and wildlife and Ontario’s magnificent provincial parks! Website: www.campsite24.ca/indexf.html

Centre de la francophonie des Ameriques Bringing together the Francophones and Francophiles of the Americas while highlighting and promoting a community that can ensure the future of the French language in a culturally diverse milieu. Website: www.francophoniedesameriques.com Centre Francophone de Toronto Employment services, cultural activities and francophone directory. Website: www.centrefranco.org. Tel: 416-203-1165.

Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques Your multi-service education centre. Website: www.cforp.on.ca. E-mail: cforp@cforp.on.ca. Tel: 1-877-742-3677 French For The Future

French for the Future is a not-for-profit student-centered educational program which encourages and promotes bilingualism in Canada by highlighting its positive social and career benefits and by forging linguistic and cultural links among students of secondary school age who are enrolled in French-first and second language courses.

LangCanada

The LangCanada portal project is to promote and develop the linguistic duality of Canada by providing a one-stop window on the Internet that provides access to information and resources related to second official language teaching and learning. LangCanada has worked diligently to provide teachers and students with easy access to over 4 000 educational resources and over 500 educational institutions. Website: www.langcanada.ca. E-mail: langcanada@langcanada.ca. Language Portal of Canada The Language Portal of Canada is a website that showcases Canadian expertise in the area of language. It informs readers about Canadian resources that deal with different aspects of language. It offers free access to language tools online; articles and writing tips, word games and exercises (the Well-Written, Well-Said section); a collection of links to language-related works and sites (the Discover section);Canadian writing tools and content produced by governments, universities, and others; language-related articles signed by our contributors; information in English and French and in some Aboriginal languages; and much more. Website: www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca. Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Each year Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie celebrates the more than nine million Francophones in Canada. Tel: (613) 241-6055. Toll Free: 1-877-241-6055. E-mail: info@rvf.ca. Website: www.rvf.ca

OSCA (Ontario School Counsellors’ Association) This website has information on enrichment opportunities for youth with links to many student exchange study and work organizations. Click on “Student Resources,” then on “Enrichment and Summer.” Tel: (705) 292-6723. Fax: (705) 292-0316. Email: mielker@ptbo.igs.net. Website: www.osca.ca

Resources by Age Group

0-5 Years Old

General Interest 1001 Contest Stories for the whole Family A La Petite Ecole A site of entertainment intended for children from 2 to 10 years old, offering interactive games, drawings and music. 0 Ã 5 ans A site dedicated to children ages 0-5, counting, rhymes, drawings, stories, kitchen recipes, do-it-yourself crafts, stories. For nursery school teachers, parents and assistants. Coloriages Pour Enfants A unique site for drawings and colouring books. Disney Collection of thousands of images, model sheets, concept art, original drawings, articles, videos, musics and songs of Walt Disney. Up to Ten A bilingual site for your young children from from 0 to 10 years, lots of amusing, educational and free activities. Music Thierry Klein Nerim An extensive collection of popular songs and nursery rhymes complete with words. Portail Stéphyprod Free songs for children. Television Online Baby TV Channel Baby TV is a cartoon channel intended for children under 3 years of age.

6-10 Years Old

General Interest 1001 Contes Stories for the whole Family

A La Petite Ecole A site of entertainment intended for children from 2 to 10 years old, offering interactive games, drawings and music.
Atelier Duotang Drawings, songs and designs to complete for children 2-12 years old.
Portail Stéphyprod Free books for children.
Disney Collection of thousands of images, model sheets, concept art, original drawings, articles, videos, musics and songs of Walt Disney.
Info Junior The newspaper of Kids by Kids with jokes, games, articles and files.
Le Voyage de Keo A virtual trip through India with Keo with stories, games and lots of information.
Up to Ten A bilingual site for your young children from from 0 to 10 years, lots of amusing, educational and free activities.

Art

Poesie A site for creating poems.
L’art en s’amusant Art Website from Foundation Bemberg.

Music

Thierry Klein Nerim An extensive collection of popular songs and nursery rhymes complete with words.
Portail Stéphyprod Free songs for children.

Educational

An online teaching resource workshop to assist. This resource also contains an English-French glossary of instructional and mathematical terminology used in the guide.
Logos Dictionary Image Dictionary and Conjugator, translate objects into over 30 languages.
E-Historia Understand European history through illustrations, charts, family trees and books. For children aged 7 and up. Kutchuk Create and discover, an informative and interesting site. Y fo Lire Understand European history through illustrations, charts, family trees and books. For children aged 7 and up.

Television online

Dessin ABC TV Video A great series of videos and cartoons. TV Enfants Cartoons from the 80’s, great for kids and the nostalgic.

11-15 Years Old

General Interest 1001 Contes Stories for the whole Family. Atelier Duotang Drawings, songs and designs to complete for children 2-12 years old. Portail Stéphyprod Free books for children. Disney Collection of thousands of images, model sheets, concept art, original drawings, articles, videos, musics and songs of Walt Disney. Info JuniorThe newspaper of Kids by Kids with jokes, games, articles and files.Art Poesie A site for creating poems. L’art en s’amusant Art Website from Foundation Bemberg.

Le Voyage de KeoA virtual trip through India with Keo with stories, games and lots of information.Music

Educational Logos Dictionary Image Dictionary and Conjugator, translate objects into over 30 languages. E-Historia Understand European history through illustrations, charts, family trees and books. Kutchuk Create and discover, an informative and interesting site. Y fo LireUnderstand European history through illustrations, charts, family trees and books. For children aged 7 and up.Television online

Dessin ABC TV Video A great series of videos and cartoons. TV Enfants Cartoons from the 80’s, great for kids and the nostalgic.

16 and over

General Interest Harry Potter French Harry Porter Dictionaries. Harry Potter – tous les personnages An indepth list of all the caracters including page references. Le Top Web An extensive list with links to .pdf’s of many popular books from authors such as, Hans Christian Andersen, Lewist Caroll, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alphonse Daudet, Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, Atoine Galland, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Perrault, Jonathan Swift. Albator UniversThousands of images and a database of cartoons of Albator from 70’s-90’s.Entertainment – Divertissement Zone Ados A web portal for young adults. Astérix A collection of interesting and amusing information about the caracter Asterix. Karaoké Live – Karaoké Live, chantez grâce aux Karaokés gratuits et paroles de chansons. C’est GRATUIT. La musique à la fête, clips vidéos, mp3 libres de droit, jeux musical et Sonneries portable. Hangman– Tu pourras retrouver et découvrir des milliers de mots dans différents thèmes. Et si tu veux tu pourras aussi proposer tes propres thèmes !Educational – Educatifs La France! Connais-tu la France ? A site filled with games to learn about France. Jeux de Français Différents jeux au sujet de Français. – Word-Witness – Dans ce jeu, il faut retrouver dans une liste de mots le nombre de fois qu’un mot apparaét. Le mot-témoin permet d’exercer son habileté visuelle. The Letters of The Alphabet – Sur chaque fiche, une liste de lettres est proposée, il faut retrouver et identifier en cliquant dessus les cinq lettres similaires à la lettre de référence. Chaque fois que les cinq lettres sont identifiées, la fiche suivante apparaît. Au début de l’exercice, l’utilisateur peut indiquer la lettre de l’alphabet avec laquelle il souhaite commencer l’exercice. Le roman d’adventures – Cet intéressant site consacré au roman d’aventures populaire pour la jeunesse. Lirado– Journal virtuel gratuit pour les ados qui aiment lire, fiches de lecture, histoires, informations, forum, etc.Television online – TV en ligne

  • TV Direct Watch France’s version of Canadian Idol (Star Academy) and many other interesting French TV shows.

  • Keys to French

    The Keys to French, Levels I, II and Les Clés are a great way to help children improve their French. Each booklet contains over 700 commonly used French verbs as well as grammar and vocabulary. The booklets are laminated and three-whole punched, ready to put into a binder.

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  • French Courses

    Find a course in your local community.

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See also our Youth Activities section for camps, contests and more!

Outside Sources

CPF’s partners, collaborators and sponsors have a variety of tools as well for students in Canada; check out the links below! Le Myosotis – CPF members qualify for a 10% discount! French-language study aids and software University of Ottawa’s Portail Francophile – French resources on campus