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French Games, Lessons, and Activities

July 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 23, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Saber Frances

(www.saberfrances.com.ar/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12 with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free lessons, exercises, games and activities to help students learn and practice the French language. It is designed for a wide variety of ages and ability levels.

FYI: We didn’t find “About” information for this site, so we don’t know who sponsors it. It does have scrolling Amazon.com advertisements, so there are links to outside sources. Parents, as always, should supervise exploration and use of any sites recommended here.

The site is written in both English and French (displayed side-by-side), which may help to increase competency as you navigate the site.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Vocabulary – Learn a wide variety of words needed for conversational French.
  • Expressions – Learn some idioms and expressions that are used in conversation.
  • Exercises – Practice vocabulary and grammar with interactive worksheets.
  • Lecture – Improve your reading comprehension by reading essays in French about French culture.
  • Grammar – Learn and practice parts of speech including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, etc.
  • Chansons or Songs – Learn French through songs! Watch YouTube videos of songs being sung in French. Sing along with Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour and other celebrities. You’ll also find clips of Disney films like AladdinPocahontas, and The Lion King, with the characters singing the songs in French.
  • Jeux or Games – Play Hangman and Wordsearch games to practice and improve your knowledge of French. Fun!

Note: We had some intermittent difficulty with the sound at this website when trying to hear pronunciations of various words or phrases.

The site has something to offer students with varying ranges of ability. If you have young children, head to the “Songs” section first. If your children know some French words they may enjoy playing hangman and wordsearch. More adept students may want to try the reading comprehension and grammar exercises.

Again, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.

French for Beginners

July 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 2, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French Language Course

(www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This modest website from Jump Gate helps teach the basics of French for beginners with nine structured lessons and a few bonus lessons.

Lessons include: 

  • Pronunciation Guidelines
  • Articles and Genders
  • Pronouns and Verbs
  • Adjectives and Plurals
  • Sentences Structure
  • The Family
  • Where do you come from?
  • Comparing
  • Time (still under construction)
  • Additional Vocabulary
  • French Expressions and Idioms

Lessons include brief explanations and vocabulary lists. Some also include audio files but you will need to use your back button on your browser to return to the lesson page after clicking the audio link. The main goal of the website is for visitors to be able to understand written French with not much focus on spoken French. However, do not dismiss the value of this site as it will provide an avenue of practice for your French student as well as help hone in on the written aspect of the language.

Free Online Writing Lab for Grades 7-12

June 29th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 29, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Purdue OWL

(owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/677/01/)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Purdue University offers this Online Writing Lab (OWL) that helps middle and high school students learn and develop writing skills through articles that provide instruction and exercises in the writing process, style and language, different kinds of essay genres, citation, and more. There are no bells and whistles here, just thorough content.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to see the menu that includes: 

  • Starting the Writing Process – Tips for instructors and students on beginning writing.
  • Developing an Outline – Suggestions for developing effective outlines.
  • Paragraphs – Learn to create understandable and coherent paragraphs.
  • Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing – Compares and contrasts the three terms and includes a short excerpt to practice these skills.
  • Creating a Thesis Statement – Includes examples of different types of thesis statements.
  • Writing a Research Paper – How to write research papers including choosing topics and finding sources.
  • Writing About Fiction – Covers pre-writing, thesis development, drafting, and common pitfalls to avoid.
  • Sentence Variety – Tips for varying structure, a discussion of sentence types, and specific parts of speech which can aid in sentence variety.
  • Punctuation – Learn when and how to use various marks of punctuation.
  • Proofreading Your Writing – Finding and fixing common errors.

There are many more topics to choose from, and you can use the menu to explore the rest of the site designed to help improve the writing process.

MUST SEE! Don’t miss the Exercises Page that provides free activity pages for learning:  

  • Grammar – Adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions, and tense.
  • Punctuation – Basics, apostrophes, quotation marks, and commas.
  • Spelling – A few spelling rules and common difficulties.
  • Sentence Structure – Clauses, fragments, verb agreement, etc.
  • Sentence Style – Eliminating wordiness.

Build French Language Skills

May 21st, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 21, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn French

(www.learnfrenchlanguageguide.com/)

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Build upon your student’s basic French language skills with this ad-supported, easy to navigate website.

This website will help the student hone in their understanding of topics relating to: 

  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Verbs
  • Phrases

Use either the links on the home page or the tabs above to navigate to the main lesson pages. Simple text and tables present the information to the student. The “Meeting People” and “Shopping/Paying” sections of the “Useful Phrases” page include audios. This website would be a beneficial supplement to most French curriculums being used.

Practice Basic German

April 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 9, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ActiLingua Academy – Learn German

(www.deutsch-lernen.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn basic German grammar, verb forms, and syntax with the help of the lessons provided at this ad-supported website. While this website appears to geared towards adults, it does provide a good place for students to hone in on their basic German language skills.

When arriving at the website choose from either the beginner or advanced lessons.

The 10 beginner lessons provide general information and practice in basic verb forms and an introduction to German syntax. Each lesson includes on line practice with feedback as the correct selection. The lessons can be printed out for use offline. Example sentences help the learner to understand proper use of the concept being covered. Also included are wordlists available to print out for additional study. The advanced lessons provide a more in-depth study of prepositions, pronouns, and syntax.

Please note that the first few lessons are freely available, but to access the remaining lessons you will need to register for free.

If your student is looking for some refreshing of their German language skills, this site can provide that.

Practice Proficiency in Spanish

March 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, March 19, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

(www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

These exercises were designed for University of Texas at Austin students, but motivated high school students can really learn a lot here! This site features a dozen or more free lessons for each of SIX levels of proficiency in Spanish – everything from Beginning to Superior! 

When you get to the site, you will see an introduction that explains this unique program. The lessons are listed by level in a horizontal menu bar near the top of the page. Place your cursor over the level on the menu bar and a drop-down menu displays each lesson in that proficiency level. Click on the lesson and a new page opens.

In each lesson, there is one simplified video interview, plus video interviews of FIVE native speakers using the grammar and vocabulary for that lesson. The five native speakers are from Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Honduras respectively! While the video is playing, the captions can be set to Spanish, English, or None. The videos are also available as podcasts for anywhere viewing by ipod.

Unlike most traditional textbooks, this website does not include worksheets or quizzes. However, relevant vocabulary, phrases, and grammar are available in the menu located in the right-hand column of each lesson page. There are plenty of videos to watch without the captions if you wish to practice your comprehension skills!

The entire site can be navigated by means of the “site index” in the upper right corner if you prefer.

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