French Language Resources
This page is a collection of resources for French at Reed. Questions? Contact the French Language Resource Specialist, Maggie Davies, at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- French typing help
- recommended online dictionaries
- the library research guide for French
- the French department website
- the language lab blog!
For French 110:
Grammar and Writing
Antidote is powerful spelling and grammar correction software built specifically for French. It integrates with MS Word but can also be used alone. Antidote works with built-in grammar and vocabulary reference resources, providing users with comprehensive explanations of errors and possible corrections. Because Antidote is made for French speakers, the interface and reference works are entirely in French, making Antidote an especially good choice for advanced students. Antidote is available only on the Language Lab computers.
Bon Patron is an online grammar and spelling correction tool similar to Antidote. Because it's available anywhere, it's a handy alternative to Antidote, but it lacks the comprehensive resources available in Antidote. Suggestions and guides are available in English as well as French, making this a good choice for students just beginning French composition as well as intermediate learners.
Reverso is another online grammar and spelling correction tool. It lacks the linguistic references available in both Antidote and Bon Patron. Explanation for corrections are in French, so this tool might be best for advanced learners. Because Antidote, Bon Patron, and Reverso catch different errors or explain errors in different ways, it may be useful for a French language learner to check their work using more than one tool.
Radio France Internationale hosts a page dedicated to teachers and learners of French. Materials include collections of audio and text articles on particular topics, which are useful for building vocabulary; audio stories with comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary quizzes; and French news casts using simpler vocabulary and a slower pace. French learners of all levels could find useful resources here.
This French-language television station offers several interactive video exercises for French language learners from beginners to advanced students. Exercises cover grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension.
Reading and Vocabulary
LyricsTraining allows users to fill in words of song lyrics while watching the music video for the song. With an optional account, users can choose which lyrics to omit from a song and create printed versions of the exercise. Lyrics are crowd-sourced, so users may sometimes encounter errors.
This tool, created by FrancoLab at TV5, uses Francophone Canadian songs to teach French vocabulary and grammar. Unlike LyricsTraining, Dans l'Air du Temps has a variety of types of exercises. The attractive interface and the chance to learn about Francophone Canadian music may also interest some French language learners. Dans l'Air du Temps has resources for beginners through advanced learners.