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CPF Alberta receives and distributes news of many resources and products designed to be of interest to students of French and their parents.

Publication does not imply CPF endorsement.

Following are just some of the opportunities for students learning French. Information is also provided through the CPF national newsletter and the CPF Alberta News, which are distributed to our members.

Books, music, games, magazines, etc.

Libraries

Several organizations in Alberta include French lending libraries, often with videos and magazines as well as books. They include:

Edmonton: Edmonton Public Library Idylwylde Branch

Bibliothèque Saint-Jean, open to the public through a The Alberta Library (TAL) card

Institut Guy Lacombe de la Famille

Calgary: Alliance Française of Calgary Centre de Ressources Francothèque

Grande Prairie: the public library has an extensive French collection as part of the French Language Resource Centre

Lethbridge: Médiathèque francophone Emma Morrier

St. Isidore: the public library is located within the francophone cultural centre

Magazines

For senior students, consider Québec Science, l’Actualité, or Châtelaine.

Certificates of proficiency in French

Several centers in Alberta are accredited to offer the DELF/DALF assessments, which give individuals official certification of their French language proficiency and offer an international diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education.

Preparing for the DELF: Don’t have access to someone who can help you prepare for the DELF, or want some additional practice? Click here for a collection of interactive and self-correcting web sites.

The Centre d’enseignement et de recherche en français at Campus Saint-Jean is accredited to administer the internationally-recognized Test d’évaluation de français (TEF).

Study aids and tutoring

see also “Terminology” below

click here for CPF’s French Internet Address List and List of Popular French Software

BonPatron – This internet site for second-language learners helps identify common spelling, grammar, and expression problems in French. Type (or copy and paste) in your text and the program will highlight errors. Move your mouse over a highlighted word or expression, and you’ll see an explanation of the error. You can choose to receive the explanations in English or in French.

Practice FLA 30-1 provincial exams: Grade 12 students can review diploma exams from previous years. French language arts students can practice with Français 30 “Part B” exams, but must ask their teachers for copies of the reading texts. As the student answers each question, a box pops up to explain why the choice is or is not the appropriate answer. To see the sample exams, go to https://questaplus.alberta.ca.

En route vers le succès – a French immersion version of activity workbooks for elementary students

ExamBank offers online practice exams for all subjects, at all grade levels, in both English and French, based on the Alberta curriculum

2Learn.ca – this Alberta-based site offers technology-based resources and support for educators, students and parents – for the French section go to www.pourapprendre.ca

French accents on an English-only keyboard – print out this guide

Lacoste Bookstore in Calgary offers one-on-one and group tutoring with French phonetics, reading comprehension and grammar for students in grades 1-9.

LanguageGuide (vocabulary, grammar)

Laws and the justice system The www.CliquezJustice.ca portal reaches out to children, teenagers, teachers and the general public with legal information, information on careers in the area of justice, and details on the workings of the justice system. The sections for children aged 8 -11, for teens, and for teachers are designed specifically for those audiences.

LearnAlberta.ca offers quality multimedia learning resources in French, curriculum based, searchable by grade and subject. For the password contact your child’s teacher or school.

Key to Successful Learning Inc. – Le Centre de Littératie – psycho/educational assessments, one-on-one tutoring, strategies for success – 403-466-9295 in the Calgary area

Make School Work for You or Mieux réussir à l’école – for junior and senior high students who may experience learning difficulties, but who want to do better in school – order form the Learning Resources Centre (product number 461426 or 477019)

Parlons Français – French tutoring services for all ages and all subject areas – 780-720-7939 in the Edmonton area

REPSIT – This website, developed by staff at the University of Calgary, is a collection of links to websites. For example, under “Exercices de langue” students can find help with grammar and vocabulary as well as interactive, self-correcting exercises to help them prepare for the DELF assessments.

Songs That Teach: click here for tapes/CDs that teach French vocabulary, grammar, etc. from Sara Jordan Publishing

Sound Language Solutions – original songs with lyrics which target the most common errors made by students learning French, with accompanying print resources and teacher’s guides

Teacher Certified Tutoring – offers online support for reading

CPF Alberta receives and distributes news of many resources and products designed to be of interest to students of French and their parents.

Publication does not imply CPF endorsement.

Television

Oniva is a show for children aged 9 and older. It is produced in western Canada, and features schools in our province. Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on your local Radio-Canada (French) television station or view online (click on Épisodes).

Terminology

The Language Portal of Canada provides Canadians with free, one-stop access to a wide range of language tools, including TERMIUM Plus®, the Government of Canada’s terminology and linguistic data bank. Users can also consult various writing tools, articles on language problems and numerous other online Canadian resources. The goal is to to help Canadians study, work and communicate in both official languages.

Word of the Week

Sign up your student to receive the e-mail newsletter from the radio program C’est La Vie at www.cbc.ca/cestlavie/word. Each week, he/she will receive a very short e-mail featuring a French “word of the week” with common expressions using that word. Students can also access a list of past words-of-the-week, which includes definitions and examples of usage. All texts are courtesy of Johanne Blais, lexicographer with the Canadian Bilingual Dictionary Project.

Mathematics

Alberta Education has online glossaries for students in grades 7-12:

French to English

Glossary of parliamentary terms – from the Parliament of Canada website:

basic terms for younger students more terms for students in grades 7-10

See also

CPF’s partners, collaborators and sponsors have a variety of tools as well for students in Canada; check out the links below!

Our Youth Activities section for camps, contests and more!

Postsecondary Opportunities For senior high school students or recent graduates

Le Myosotis – CPF members qualify for a 10% discount!

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University of Ottawa’s Portail Francophile – French resources on campus

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