Learning French - Younger Secondary

If your kids are studying French at school and want some extra practice, or if you're looking for sites to support your home-schooling lessons, try these. The sites are all aimed at kids in the 11+ age range, but can often be useful for older beginners too.

Whether or not you're using the Equipe Nouvelle series, the publishers' website has a number of activities which will be useful for the first three years of French study. These are practice activities - you need to understand the grammar and vocabulary before you do them, but they'd be a useful part of any home study course. Click here for activities to accompany Books 1 and 2. The link to book 3 is currently not active, but try clicking here to see if it's been activated.

Languages Online is a super site withexcellent materials for all ages. The activities for this age group follow the Encore Tricolore, but can easily be used without the book. They start from zero and have a step by step, graded approach which gives plenty of practice of one thing before moving on to the next. The site is produced by Andre Balaam, a British secondary school teacher, and while the site is not particularly flashy, it's well-organised and easy to use, and in terms of content definitely gets a five-star rating.

WildFrench on the other hand, has produced materials to accompany the series Metro and Avantage. Again, the activities can easily be used without the books.

The Channel Four website offers Homework High, a service where kids of 11-19 can ask questions about French and get an answer from a teacher. Useful for home-schooling parents too, if you've got a doubt.