Elementary French I
Elementary French II
By the Carnegie Mellon University via Open Learning Initiative
Workload: 120 hours per course
Elementary French I is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment including new video shot in France and Québec with young professional actors. It is designed to be used as a full course of study.
To successfully use this course, you should be a motivated student with a sincere desire to learn about French language and francophone cultures, and be comfortable with computer technologies. The time commitment will typically average 6-8 hours per week.
Elementary French I
Introductions, Origins, Studies, Age, Appearance, Personality, Preferences, Activities, Time, The Family, The Home, Work, Meals, Restaurants, and Shopping.
Elementary French II
This course targets communicative competence in the following domains: My Family, My Neighborhood, My Future, The Body, My Regime, Young People and Stress, Vacations, Modes of Transport, A Virtual Trip, Political Opinions, Change, Ecology, Where to Live, Questions of Identity, Languages and Life.
Cours de français langue étrangère
By Alliance Française Paris Ile-de-France via France Université Numerique
Workload: 14 hours
This course is suitable for anyone who has already completed between 80 and 100 hours of French lessons.
Vous allez vivre une expérience avec la langue française, dans un Paris… différent ! Le cours s’organise autour de 7 semaines. Chaque semaine du cours correspond à une journée de découverte culturelle à Paris.
Avec ce cours vous allez pratiquer :
• L’écoute grâce à des vidéos, des documents audio
• La lecture avec des documents de la vie courante à Paris
• L' écrit avec des textes variés et amusants
• La grammaire et le lexique grâce à des vidéos pour comprendre, des exercices pour appliquer
Des vidéos et des activités pour mieux comprendre Paris en version originale, sa vie culturelle, la vie des parisiens ! Vous allez aussi pratiquer l’écrit et l’oral en communiquant avec les autres participants du cours.
Other free resources to learn French online:
BBC - Learn French
Online lessons with audio, games, vocabulary, grammar explanations and exercises.
Busuu: Learn French
This resource covers reading, writing, listening and speaking study options with a chance to practice in real-time with other language learners and native speakers.
Learners require some understanding of the language prior to starting.
Some features such as grammar lessons, videos & PDF files require paid premium membership.
Duolingo: French for English speakers
Duolingo language programs teach vocabulary and build it into simple sentences through reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a ‘Tips’ section giving grammar explanations for each unit.
Foreign Services Institute: French
FSI courses are developed by the United States government and offer high-quality materials geared for language fluency.
The website is basic and some of the material is dated, but the courses, designed for complete beginners, are of merit and and include many hours of audio, as well as several repetition and response drills.
The focus is on listening and speaking, and less so on reading and writing.
Livemocha: Learn French
Livemocha’s lessons focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills separately. Material is broken down for the learner before being reassembled, allowing the student to apply what they’ve learned.
The website offers a social network type platform with chat options and friend suggestions and a community which is made up of teachers, language experts, other language learners, and native speakers who help each other learn through networking.
Some features require paid premium membership, but users can earn credit by ‘tutoring’ other learners.
Memrise French Courses
Memrise offers courses created by its community and uses science-based learning techniques with"mems" - little snippets of imagination and humour that make things easy to remember.
The site uses gaming where learners can earn points, and compete against friends, and is good for learning and remembering new vocabulary. Users load their own own mems onto the site to help other learners.