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I’ll Wait for the Next One

25 Jul

Co-written by Thomas Gaudin and its director, Philippe Orreindy, I’ll Wait For The Next One (J’attendrai le Suivant) was nominated for the 2003 Oscar for Best Short. I’ll Wait For The Next One is a bitter-sweet tale of a lonely woman being offered the chance of true love on the Paris metro.

Reading A-Z

19 Feb

Reading A-Z is a complete reading program with affordable books, lesson plans, worksheets and assessments to teach leveled reading, phonics, phonemic awareness, alphabet, vocabulary, and comprehension to K-5. These books and materials can be projected on a SmartBoard or something similar and can also be printed and folded into an actual book.

Materials are available in Spanish, French or English but a subscription is required ($89.95 per classroom annually).

Lyrics Training

19 Feb

LyricsTraining is an easy and fun method for students to learn and improve foreign languages skills through the music videos and lyrics of their favorite songs. A music video plays at the top of the page and the lyrics are below. Each song is ranked as Easy, Medium or Hard and the student also gets to choose their preferred level of difficulty (Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert). Depending on the level chosen, some or all of the words are missing and it is up to the student to fill in the correct words as the song plays.

Minuit à Paris

19 Feb

In Minuit à Paris, Gil, a new novelist, and his fiancée Inez are in Paris where Gil is enchanted with the City of Light. He dreams of the perfect period of time in Paris: the 20’s. Lo and behold, when midnight strikes, he finds himself interacting with characters from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Paul Gauguin. Gertrude Stein is even willing to read his novel and give her opinion. This is a thoroughly enchanting movie for the lover of literature and art and allows for some wonderful discussions of characters from this period.
 
 
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Fama va en Californie

18 Feb

Fama va en Californie, by Blaine Ray

Fama is a 15-year-old girl from Mauritania who goes to California as an exchange student.  She lives with a caring American family but encounters prejudice at school, especially from a girl named Debbie.  By chance Fama finds Debbie in a dangerous situation.  She acts quickly and decisively to rescue her.  This incident and what happens afterwards profoundly affects both girls.  Fama va en Californie can be read without difficulty by second or third semester students.  Brief and captivating!  Totally in French with glossary included.

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Le Voyage de sa vie

18 Feb

Le Voyage de sa vie, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

16-year-old Jean-Luc Bartolin of Denver, Colorado, goes to Switzerland with his family.  He is the only witness to the theft of an object of great monetary and personal value.  The thief tries to kill him, but….  Le Voyage de sa vie can be read without difficulty by any 2nd or 3rd semester class.  Contains a full vocabulary section.  Brief and captivating!

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Pauvre Anne

18 Feb

Pauvre Anne, by Blaine Ray

The easiest novel in the easiest series of novels that exists in French – for first-year students.  A vocabulary of 300 words.  Anne is a 16 year-old girl from New York State who leads a tough life.  Her mother is always on her.  Her family doesn’t have much money, but her best friends’ families are rich.  She’s extremely jealous of them.  When she gets an opportunity to go to Belgium, she goes to a city where she lives with a very nice family that has conflicts similar to the ones inher own family.  Her view of her life changes radically.  When she gets back home, she sees everything in a different light.  Pauvre Anne is short and easy.  When they read it, beginning students discover that they have actually learned a significant amount of French.

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Presque mort

18 Feb

Presque mort, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

An engaging story, with a taste of romance, about an American girl who goes to high school in Brittany and two French boys, a nice one and a mean one.  Can the mean one change?  Presque Mort can be read without difficulty by any 2nd or 3rd semester class.  Short and sweet!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Les Aventures d’Isabelle

18 Feb

Les Aventures d’Isabelle, by Karen Rowan (French adaptation by Donna Tatum-Johns)

Isabelle is a precocious 9-year-old girl who is always getting herself into trouble while on a trip to Paris with her mom.  The book focuses on the 300 highest frequency words in French, but the book has a total of 2500 words.  Students of French rapidly understand the book because it uses a high number of cognates and recycles important vocabulary. The book contains a glossary and a cultural glossary of places in Paris that Isabelle visits.  The book is set in Paris and the book reflects the French culture that surrounds her.

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Vol des Oiseaux

18 Feb

Vol des Oiseaux, by Kristy Placido

Fifteen-year-old Nathalie Gauthier had reservations about her father’s new job in Cameroon, but little did she know that missing her home and her friends would be the least of her worries. She finds herself in the middle of an illegal bird-trading scheme, and it’s a race against time for her father to save her and the African Grey Parrot.
 
 
 
 
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