Learning French - Older Secondary

In Britain students of 17-18 will probably be working towards their A/S or A/2 level exams, and most of the sites for this age group reflect this. They're either specifically oriented to the exam or are in any case at an advanced level.

Two great sites focusing mainly on exam preparation and practice are the S-cool site, and French Revision (follow the link and click on Advanced). Both provide guidance and practice for different aspects of the exam but are also usable just as advanced level practice materials. You'll find work on grammar and vocabulary as well as practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Don't miss them. Five stars each.

The site run by NelsonThorne, publishers of Au Point provides supplementary activities for the course which are useful for anyone working at this level. On the site you'll find grammar and vocabulary activties, and links to useful French websites related to topics covered in the course such as relationships, education, health and so on. Four stars.

You can practise your listening comprehension with some great videos from the Ashcombe School. And for some good advice on how to write a discursive essay in French for the exam, have a look at the Sunderland Schools site.

One course aimed at young adults but starting for scratch and not focused on A level is Allons-y. The official Companion Site for this course provides various accompanying on-line activities, as does the French Online Grammar site of the City College of San Francisco. In general though, if you're looking for non-exam based courses, look at the materials listed under the section for adults.

The Channel Four website offers Homework High, a service where you can ask questions about French and get an answer from a teacher. They also provide some interactive activities, at four different levels, intended to accompany the TV course Extra. It's not as useful as it might be, but has a few things worth looking at. Two stars.