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SPOTLIGHT: Go beyond Duolingo with Language Learning in Context!
Use a combo of free to you tools from Holman Library and online to learn a language in context!
You can apply the structured lessons from services like Rosetta Stone (GRC) and Mango Languages (KCLS) with real life examples from news (TV5Monde), streaming video (YouTube) to practice your language comprehension.
Language learning software. Create an individual account to track your progress.
KCLS/GRC Student Login
Learn how to log in with your FREE GRC/KCLS student account to use any of KCLS' online resources.
King County Library System (KCLS): Databases
'Mango Languages' is a language-learning service available through your GRC KCLS student account. French is available!
Learn French with TV5Monde
You can access lessons and exercises for French language learning connected with live news content from one of France's major TV stations. Note - includes some premium (not free) content.
Language Learning with YouTube (BETA - Chrome extension)
17 languages supported (April 2021), incld. French, Japanese, and Spanish. "Subtitles are shown in two languages, allowing you to compare the original audio and text with a translation in your language."
Note - requires a Windows or Mac OS computer and the Chrome web browser.
Resources for Studying French
Francais Interactif: A French Program
Free, online textbook, from U of Texas, Austin.
Le Littéraire dans le quotidien
"Open textbook for French reading/writing," by Joanna Gay Luks, of Cornell U.
Free, online textbook for first-year college French. By Gretchen Angelo, of California State University, Los Angeles.
Liberte: French 1002: 2nd Edition
"Revised 2018: Addition of audio, video, and written activities. This open textbook for Elementary French II is a web-based remix of the open-source Liberte by Gretchen Angelo."
Tout un Monde: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Intermediate French
"This book is intended for use with intermediate level college French classes. Its multidisciplinary approach introduces students to topics and vocabulary associated with fields such as medicine, advertising, travel, business, agriculture, and relationships." By Alicia Soueid, University of Texas.
Journal en français facile
"A real news [French] bulletin that uses simple vocabulary to explain the latest news."
"The French Tutorial is a web-based step by step lesson covering basics, pronunciation, but also grammar, vocabulary and everyday French. It offers audio support for better oral comprehension, a table of contents and an index for faster searches."
French Grammar Central
Links to "grammar guidance, with thousands of verb conjugations, research and hundreds of activities." From the U of Tennessee.
Enhancing French Skills
"Enhancing French skills includes authentic language videos from French websites such as TV5 Enseigner.tv, France.fr, and RhôneAlpes.tv (Média) as well as interviews of French speakers on cultural topics (Rencontres). Videos and activities are organized into five broad themes and tagged by communicative language function with links into Tex’s French Grammar for specific grammar explanations and interactive exercises." From U of Texas.
Chansons pour Etudier le Francais (Songs for Studying French)
Collection of "music videos and lyrics to over 2000 French songs."
Les Conversations Mises à Jour
"Les Conversations Mises à Jour is a collection of authentic conversations in French that targets mostly intermediate and advanced learners of French." Videos and vocabulary lists.
French - Open Resources
Links to various resources, from U of Texas.
Featured Books at Holman Library - French Language Study
Looking for More Language Study Help?
Explore our full collection of French language resources through the library's One Search! You can find both online (streaming video; audio; ebook) resources, as well as additional print handbooks and study guides available for checkout--
Not sure what to search?
Try these ideas:
- French language
- French grammar
- French language video (for video tutorials)
You can also use the limiter options to the left after a first search to help you narrow your results: