Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search billions of bilingual texts for words and expressions. It also gives external sources, placing the researched word in different sentences depending on it's definition.
The must-have french dictionary. One of the most used dictionaries in French speaking public schools, this online dictionary allows you to research words from French to multiple different language like English or German. Very easy to use.
The following resources will help you determine your language level, practice for exams, or understand the certificates you need to attend French Colleges and Universities.Most exams to apply to undergraduate or graduate schools are aligned with theCommon European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the international standard for describing language ability. Find out what level you are or need to have.
Within a few minutes you will have a definite result of your written French from this quick test. The test contains 6 levels which are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note this test is more recreational than it is pedagogical. Use the chart to know where you stand in the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages.
This test contains 150 questions that will measure your French proficiency and is divided into categories of Grammar, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension. After completing the test, the results will tell if you have beginner, intermediate or advanced French proficiency.
Bard's Language Center, upon faculty request, provides French students with access to the WebCAPE language placement exam which is designed to accurately and efficiently place students in the first two years of college language courses.
This test focuses on your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and typical sentences to use in basic, as well as professional conversations. Divided in two parts this quizz will take about 20 minutes to do and, while you are taking the test, the level of the questions will evolve depending on your answers allowing you to find out which level you are. A1-C1
A standard CV template widely used in Europe for exchange, full
degree or PhD students to communicate academic and work history.
Always look on the website of the school you are trying to get into if they have their own French examination. There are several papers that schools could ask for. You will need at least one that attests that your level of French is sufficient enough. These papers are :
The TEF - Test d’Evaluation de Français is designed to assess the level of French language of people who are not native French speakers. It is useful if you need to evaluate your French skills for Canadian Immigration, French Universities or for work.
DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.
Study in France - This website offers a comprehensive look at the ins and outs of studying abroad in France, such as obtaining a visa, choosing a city, finding health insurance, driving, and much more.
Study in Belgium - This website offers useful informations on how to live, study and go to study in Belgium for any international student.
Study in Switzerland - Switzerland has 4 national languages, one of them being French. This website will guide you and allow you to find the university that could interest you and how to apply to it. It also will give you some informations on how to live there.
Resources for All Language Learners
These resources are related to cultural literacy, especially within entertainment and the media. Some podcasts may be of particular interest to certain corresponding majors or just interesting subjects—find one that “speaks” to you! These also include vocabulary, speaking and writing practice. Some of these resources come in the form of smartphone apps (for both iPhone and Android), allowing for fun language-learning on the go.
Grammar & Vocabulary
Anki - Flashcards Anki is a free program that allows you to create your own flashcards from which to study vocabulary, conjugations, or grammar. Flashcards can be downloaded from Quizlet, and Anki can be used on multiple devices, so you can practice on the go! The program allows you to categorize the cards by how well you know the information, presenting cards you are less familiar with more frequently and helping you learn more quickly!
Quizlet - Flashcards A great website to create your own vocabulary lists, print flashcards, test yourself with the “testmaker”, combine lists to study a select number of words from the last semester, etc. . Can also be used for individual classes, and as an app on your mobile device Level: A1 – C2
Quia- Grammar Exercises Hundreds of online activities and quizzes provided by the public domaine but also by the Bard LC to review, practice and drill your grammar skills. To gain access to exercises related to Bard courses, contact the Bard French Department Level: A2 – C1
Listening & Comprehension - Podcasts
Radio France International This Radio offers podcasts to learn and teach French through audios, files, quizzes that treat actual and interesting topics. Lenght : Variable Level : B2-C1
Hundreds of podcasts discussing art of every era, from ancient to contemporary. Length: 1-80 minutes Level: B1-C2
BOOK and REVIEWS
Critiques Libres Online critics of different books subbmitted by readers. This website allows you to search for peticular books or you can go and click on random book and discover a new book that might interest you. Level : C2-C1
Cyprien Cyprien is a young French comedian who's been posting comical videos on YouTube where he became one of the most popular French YouTubers. One of the most known "modern artist" of France, his videos are funny and can be seen with generated subtitles for those who struggle to understand him. Lenght : ~3-6 min Level : B2 and higher
Télérama Télérama offers weekly audio podcasts of thriller book presentations in it's "Cercle Polar". There are also critics of new books that are being frequently posted where people can post their opinions on different books. Length : ~20 min Level : C1-C2
The Academy of the Intitute of France offers podcasts designed for students of the French language. The podcasts include lectures on historical events and figures, and readings of excerpts from historical texts. Several of the podcasts are "easy listening", aimed at beginning level French learners. All podcasts include downloadable texts for reading along. Length: 15-60 minutes Level: B1-C2
Litterature audio.com This website will allow you to listen to books read in French. More than 500 books are available to listen, from classics to more diversed genre. A1-C2
Virgin Radio This Rock-Pop-Electro radio website allows you to listen to the live popcast. The website also contains articles concerning the actuality and music. Throughout the day you will be able to go on the website and listen to the different podcasts, programmes or discover which are the hits in France on the radio. Lenght : Variable Level : B2-C2
France Musique Classic and contemporary, opera, jazz / world music, pop/ rock/ tracks, musical comedy, podcasts are centered around information about musical pieces with musical examples or podcasts simply dedicated to a particular musical style.
Fip FIP's programming is an eclectic mix of musical genres: chanson, classical, film music, jazz, rock, world music and more, but with careful attention paid to smooth and unobtrusive transition from item to item. Continuous music interrupted only for traffic updates, occasional announcements about forthcoming events, and a short news broadcast at 10 minutes before the hour, but no advertising. The broadcasts are presented live from 7 am to 11 pm, after which a computer replays a selection of the music broadcast earlier in the day.
France Inter Politics, world, society, movies, books, theatre, music, economy, sports, history, science, justice
France info Economy, justice, politics, education, society, other (technology and other topics of interest), world, Europe, sports
Le Monde Le Monde is a French daily newspaper that has articles and videos available online. The news stories cover politics, international news, science, and economics, among other topics.
Length: 1-10 minutes Level: B1-C2
Canal+ This French website allows you to watch free episodes of French news reports, saterical news shows, short comedy clips, sports reports, and even full-length, popular television programs. Le Grand Journal, the major news report, and Le Petit Journal, the saterical off-shoot of Le Grand Journal, are an easy way to keep up with French politics and politicians. The satires and comedic shorts are a great way to get aquainted with French popular culture and slang.
Déclencheur Emissions 100s of free video tutorials in French on everything concerning photography; on itunes. Length: 1-7 min Level: B2-C2
AUXOISNATURE Learn how to take pictures of animals through online podcasts that are adapted to your level in photography. From beginners, through the use of tutorials, this website gives you guides depending on animals and elements of your interest. Level: B2-C2
Lyrik Line This website allows you to listen to poems from a huge variety of languages and countries read by their authors. It also provides written translations in several languages depending on the poem. An excellent resources for all language learners to improve listening and reading skills.
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Gameblog Videogame podcasts and blog posts regarding videogame news. weekly podcasts along with video footage. Blog posts made daily. - Recommended for intermediate to advanced.
RadioFrance Direct radio broadcasts. 7 different radio broadcasts available. France Inter, France Info, France Bleu, France Culture, France Musique, Fip, Mouv’ Recommended for all levels.
France bleu other, society, justice, economy, social, environment, politics, transport, international, health, culture, leisure, unusual, science, dossiers (information). Also podcasts for the weather, snow, jobs, traffic info, food, prognostics, horoscopes, television, the ability to search for other radio frequencies, football coverage.
France Culture Information (society, politics, geopolitics, economy, Europe, crises), Literature (contemporary literature, poetry, French literature, novels, essays, foreign literature), Ideas (philosophy, religion, politics, ideas, debate, history), Art and Spectacles (music, cinema, theatre, radio, exposition, contemporary literature), history (20th century, 19th century, historiography, archaeology, middle-ages), science (geography, medicine, ecology, research, biology).
Le Mouv’ French youth oriented radio station. Primarily plays alternative rock. Podcasts vary (music, society, videogames, comics, culture, humor).
Speaking & Comprehension
Phonetics Sitw – University of Iowa A marvelous resource! This site contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds in Frencn. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and audio-video of the sound spoken in context. Level: All levels
Skype find new partners with whom they can practice oral skills could find tandem language partners through a Skype community Level: All levels
Meetup A great site for finding other local people to join a conversation table, or create a conversation table yourself! Level: All levels
Reading & Writing
Lingro – Webreader + Dictionary Read French Websites with this awesome dictionary that allows you to click on words and get their translation. On the main page, choose the respective languages (i.e.French –English) , insert the website you want to read! Level: A1 –C2
Dictation Tool Listen and write! A terrible looking website – BUT: A natural sounding text-to-speech program with adjustable speed. Find an online text, copy and paste on to the website – open a word document – listen and Type! Level: A1 –A2
French books, cds, video, dvds French online services.
KINO International A small but important collection of international cinema, including seminal works of Weimar film. Excellent print reproductions; many restored versions. Kino titles are also available through most of general video distributors.
9 YouTube channels to learn French through videos.
Resources for Advanced Language Learners
The following resources include bibliographies and citation help, research databases for locating scholarly publications as well as selected online journals in fields from poetry and music to history and journalism.
Great site that gives access to all the works of art in French public collections that are in the public domain. 135,000 works, 150,000 artists!. Thematic research possible (I found 414 references to satyrs!).
A large web-based educational resource for avant-garde material available on the internet in many different languages (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Turkish) , founded in 1996 by poet Kenneth Goldsmith. It offers visual, concrete and sound poetry, film and sound art mp3 archives.
These resources are mainly meant to help teachers and tutors to prepare for daily classes - from creating and/or printing ready-made worksheets to integrating the newest google tools into language and literature classes. Bard's Foreign Language Tutors are invited to upload their favorite activities to this website by writing to email@example.com Students are welcome to use these resources to study, help a classmate, or teach other language learners.
Collect resources for learning about the target culture with this virtual bulletin board; create a class board, where all students can "pin" images or websites that could later be used to spur discussion. See this example of German Teaching with Pinterest
Builder is a tool to tell a story. It is new way to show people the places you've visited (literally, virtually or in a text) and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.
Really simple for people to make a blog and put whatever they want on it. Stories, photos, GIFs, TV shows, links, quips, dumb jokes, smart jokes, Spotify tracks, mp3s, videos, fashion, art, deep stuff. Tumblr is 229 million different blogs, filled with literally whatever.
Create your own fill-in-the blank worksheets quickly - this webpage has a similar tool
A vos plumes ! This site provides resources aimed to help students of all levels with the process of writing essays in French including explainations of grammar, vocabulary building tools, and interactive writing exercises to build descriptive skills. A Vos Plumes is also designed for teachers and includes a selection of writing prompts and classroom exercises and activities to help guide students through the writing process.
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Learning Commons Tutoring
There are no dedicated Language Center tutors for the Classics program, but you can schedule a one-on-one subject tutoring session through the Learning Commons using the form below. Schedule a Session Learning Commons Website