Distance learning resources for FSL (a guide for Parents and Teachers)

Distance learning resources for FSL  (a guide for Parents and Teachers)

These are times of constant changes and uncertainty. In an effort to bring a sense of ‘normalcy’ and consistency to the lives of our students and children, or where home learning has been mandated, many are looking for a way to extend learning opportunities to the home. While an overwhelming number of resources, virtual field trips, and helpful websites have been made available to families and educators, I thought that it would be beneficial to consolidate a list that would be useful for students learning French as a second language. 

Below, I also list some tips for parents and teachers to assist their children/students with distance learning.  I hope that you find this information useful. Please let me know in the comments if you have found any additional tips or resources that many be beneficial to this list.

In the coming weeks, I will do my best to also try to make online digital resources available to assist parents and teachers via Google Drive. I will add them to the list below as they become available.

Thank you all for your continued support. Hopefully, we can flatten the curve and keep our communities safe.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.

@ The French Nook

Tips for Parents:

Parents may now have an added challenge of educating their children from home. I am hoping that these tips will help ease some of the uncertainty that may come from having to establish an at-home learning environment. These are the SAME things that teachers do throughout the school year to make their classrooms run smoothly! 

1.    Make a schedule.
Write down a schedule and stick to it! Write down each activity to be completed and approximately how long it should take. See below for a sample schedule for FSL students.

2.    Set a routine.
Stick to the same kinds of activities every day. Providing too much choice, or different kinds activities can incite anxiety.

3.    Define expectations. 
BEFORE beginning any at-home learning routine, write down and discuss with your children a set of clear expectations for any learning time. Things to consider are: Where will the learning happen? How long will the learning period last? Where should your children look for help? Will you allow the use of electronics? Will you reward your child for a successful learning period?

If you haven’t already received direction from your child’s school about what your child should be working on at home, there are a few ways that you can find this out for yourself.

1.    Ask your child.
Ask your child what they were working on in their French classes before their school closed. Where they covering a certain theme or unit? If so, see the list below for some resources or websites related to that theme.

2.    Visit your Provincial education site for online access to the curriculum. 
Each Canadian province has a website for their Ministry of Education. On these websites are the official curriculum documents that list the learning expectations for each subject and grade. In your search engine, type “French curriculum (name of province).”  This should lead you to the correct documents. You will be able to see the goals and expectations for each grade.

Tips for Teachers:

With school closures now in effect for an undetermined amount of time, many school divisions will be further instructing Teachers on how to proceed. At this time, it looks like online learning will prevail. As we know, learning a second language is a very social and auditory skill. With social distancing and isolation, it can become very difficult to learn another language effectively and in a way that is engaging. Here are some of my tips to help keep distance learning engaging for your students.

1.    Use familiar activities.
Think about the kinds of activities that you were using BEFORE school disruptions. Which of these can you assign at home? (Think- independent puzzles or games, short video or listening responses)

2.    Incorporate audio/visual resources where possible.
Make use of the FREE online content available online. Assign students to watch a video in French, or read an article. Can they use an app, such as Duolingo from home? Please see the list of helpful websites and resources below for suggestions. 

3.    Make learning interactive.
Are you able to send personalized emails, or videos to your students? How about using Google Hangouts or use the Zoom app for a class conference call? Can you assign your students a task to take a video of themselves giving a presentation? There are so many free tools available that will make learning French from home interactive and engaging.

If you are struggling for ideas, please let me know via the comments below. I will reach out to our fellow teachers via Instagram (you can follow me @thefrenchnook) and collect their ideas for you as well!  

I will work to create digital or online accessible resources for you to share with your students. As always, I try to keep my resources engaging, meaningful and relevant. We are all in this together and we will make each other stronger by sharing our knowledge. 

@ The French Nook


This website is also available as a app. Students (or their parents) must create a FREE account for use. Students can select daily goals for learning.

Looking for online audio stories in French? This website has a number of stories read in slow French, with illustrations and words to follow along! 

A large assortment of online French games for French learners of many ages.

Check out my Pinterest board collection full of French videos perfect for French learners!

An auditory dictionary for practicing pronunciation of French vocabulary in a variety of themes.

FREE online games, quizzes and flashcards for learning French.

A large collection of online lessons and activities for learning French.

Here is a list of digital resources that can be used for distance learning. (There is a mix of both free and paid resources). I will continue to update this list as more resource become available for you.

French-Speaking Countries Graphic Organizer Project Google slides– from The French Nook 

La Météo French Weather Research Project Google slides-from The French Nook

French passé composé task cards BOOM CARDS – from Mme R’s French Resources 

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