Bastille Day

Bastille DayYou probably know that 14 July is Bastille Day, but do you know what it's called in French? (Hint, it's not "jour de Bastille.") Do you know the history behind Bastille Day, or how it's celebrated in France? This page has links to everything you could possibly want to know.

   

Can I use lessons in my French class?

You are welcome to print any page on Lawless French for personal use and you may also make copies for your students, provided that you include the url. Click for more info.

   

First Day of French

First French classWhether you're a brand-new teacher or an experienced prof, it can be daunting to meet new students and introduce them to the wonderful world of French. Here are some ideas shared by French teachers for getting started on the first day of French class.

FluentU – French Videos

FluentU French videosFrench videoFrench learners are always looking for new sources of French listening practice, and FluentU is one of the best. This subscription site offers videos for all levels of French, enhanced with quizzes, spaced repetition, and other tools to help you practice what you know and learn at your own pace.

   

Francophonie Project

Francophonie projectgResearching a francophone region or country and writing a report or country study is an interesting project for French classes or for independent studiers looking to spice up their self-instruction. This project is perfect as a long-term activity for intermediate and advanced students, though it can also be adapted for beginners.

Free Books: Coronavirus Explained to Kids

Coronavirus explained to kids
Coronavirus, COVID-19, and confinement are bizarre and confusing for adults, so one can only imagine how kids feel. Several authors have tried to do just that and have created three books especially for kids, to help them understand what's going on and how to get through it. They're all available for free as PDFs and/or online books.

French Class Phrases

French class phrases
The best way to encourage students to speak French in the classroom is to make sure that they know how to say all the things that they need to say. Once you teach them these useful words and phrases, your students should be able to avoid speaking English during any normal classroom interaction.

   

French Names

French baby namesThere are hundreds of common French first names. Some look just like their English counterparts, others are fairly similar, and still others are uniquely French. These pages include more than 200 of the most popular French names, along with their pronunciation and English equivalents.

French-Speaking Countries

French speaking countriesThough it's named for the roughly hexagonally shaped country in Western Europe, the French language extends far beyond the borders of France, in myriad and frankly confusing ways.

   

Ilini French Videos

IliniFrench videosFrench videoLove watching French videos but have trouble understanding them? Ilini is perfect for independent students who need a bit of help when listening to French.

   

Le Point du FLE

Whether you're a student or teacher, Le Point du FLE offers a wealth of information about every aspect of French learning and practice, carefully collected and categorized.