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To be at home in French


Apprenons français par multimédia

C’est quoi? (Actualité en mots simples)

Man reading morning newspaper
For Newshounds of all ages, en français  (Image by Unsplash, Sam Wheeler CC0 1.0)

Si vous aimez l’actualité à la une*, essayez ce site Web engageant :

1 jour 1 actu

Sous-titré ‘l’actualité à hauteur d’enfants’, journalistes spécialisés en presse jeunesse expliquent avec des mots simples les infos d’adultes. Bien que ce soit conçu pour les enfants, ages 8 et plus — et leurs enseignants — ce site pourrait également engager des adultes francophiles.

  • A la une is a common expression, to grab one’s attention. It refers, literally, to the first page (of a newspaper) and therefore connotes front page news, breaking news, current news, exciting news.

Le cadeau d’un sourire


A gift of inspiration to wish you Bonne Année 2017:

  • Exercise your oral and reading skills in French
  • Discover a source of visual gems (especially fabulous if you happen to teach French), by students at

Gobelins, l’école de l’image

Ouvrez cette belle carte de voeux, d’une ressource pleine d’inspiration: Gobelins, l’école de l’image.

Sourions !




Course for language teachers on using technology

Mount Royal University – ESL (Teacher Training) – Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

I started blogging as a requirement for a Mount Royal University online course about using technology for language teaching.  It is a terrific course, by the way!  And I’m not just saying that for the bonus point I hope to achieve through the endorsement!  Like the original Star Trek’s opening lines, this course led me, figuratively, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go…” 

Well, actually, many others have boldly gone before me.  I look forward to continue exploring and sharing special finds.



“I am deeply heard in English”

I want to share a creative use of technology to teach language, which I learned about during a presentation on Engagement and Narrative Approaches by Karen Matthews and Judy Sillito at the ATESL 2013 Conference (ATESL = Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language).

The process they shared, which I have overly simplified here, began in class with an oral story circle.  From there, students were asked to develop a three-minute personal story to relate using We Video.


Students wrote their stories, recorded their narration, collected photos, video and audio, and assembled them into a short movie with We Video.

The presenters highlighted that using a digital format puts “adult” into storytelling.  The stories conveyed were rich and powerful, even though created by relatively new speakers of English.  One of the participants related that, through this storytelling experience, she felt “deeply heard” in English!  Far more powerful than merely saying she can speak English!

The language learning benefits were numerous.  There was a real sense of accomplishment and engagement as well.  The caution to teachers was ensuring the work belonged to the student (no distribution or sharing publicly by the class).

Source and Attribute Creative Commons Photos Like a Pro

This Daily Post will help me get over my reluctance to post photos and art!

The Daily Post

Miss Manners will be the first to tell you that when someone gives you a gift, the proper response is a warm, enthusiastic, “thank you!” in writing. Did you know that when you accept the “gift” of a Creative Commons-licensed work such as a photo or illustration for use in your web projects, Miss Manners would endorse that same, warm, enthusiastic “thank you!” in the form of proper sourcing and attribution? Being a good citizen on the web means demonstrating proper behavior, at all events. Today, we’re going to share the wonder that is Creative Commons and your responsibilities for sourcing and attributing any material you may download there.

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