Researchers have shown that singing songs in a second language makes language learning easier, plus it’s a lot of fun!
With that in mind, we’ve put together a collection of musical resources…including two of our Where Are They Now project participants!
Before the finalists of CPF BC&YK’s Jeunes Artistes’ 2016 bilingual performing arts competition took to the stage in the Children’s Tent at Festival du Bois in Coquitlam, members of the audience were treated to a lovely interpretation of Jean Leloup’s I lost my baby performed by Maryse Bernard and Solomon Krause-Imlach of bands Seaborne and Spectregates. With its bilingual lyrics, the song was a perfect choice for Jeunes Artistes’ celebration of bilingualism!
Maryse is also one of the French Immersion grads profiled in CPF BC & Yukon’s Where Are They Now project, and a passionate supporter of the arts and how they interact with language.
Learn more about Maryse’s bilingual journey here: www.bc-yk.cpf.ca/maryse-bernard
Will Stroet, another participant in our Where Are They Now project, is an award-winning children’s musician who inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through educational music in English and French!
Check out Will’s Where Are They Now profile here: www.bc-yk.cpf.ca/will-stroet-video
Will’s latest album Wordplay features 2 new French songs!
Charlotte Diamond is a popular Canadian children’s singer from British Columbia who has recorded 12 albums including the Juno Award winning 10 Carrot Diamond. She also performs and records songs in French, including Je suis un pizza and Qu’il y ait toujours le soleil.
Gregg LeRock is a two-time JUNO nominee who has written dozens of songs for educational publishers and performed for over 500,000 students across Canada. Last year, Gregg excited and engaged over 60,000 French Immersion and FSL students across 60 school boards.
Camp songs – British Columbia Family French Camp
A camp experience is not complete without favorite camp songs, and BC Family French Camp excels here! While the crazy camp songs vary from year to year, many remain consistent favorites, such as Camille la chenille, J’aime le chocolat, C’était un orignal and L’armée Mexicaine. You can find them all on BCFFC’s website, along with many others!
Chanter avec Mini
Explore and learn many songs that have been featured on Mini TFO, including Alouette, Voici ma routine and Promenons-nous dans les bois.
La montagne secrète
Beautiful, award-winning book-CDs featuring renowned writers, artists and musicians.
Dans l’air du temps
Learn about 30 popular French-Canadian songs over the decades with Francolab’s 180 interactive learning activities, from beginner to advanced language levels.
ICI Musique Webradios for kids
Press play on Radio-Canada/ICIMusique’s Coin des Petits “webradio” for singalong francophone music for younger kids, and for tweens there is the 9-12 ans webradio featuring Coeur de pirate, Karkwa, Stromae, Marie-Mai and other francophone artists from Québec and around the world.
More sources for French music:
- Sylvia Duckworth’s eTools for Language Teachers
- Talk in French’s 70 Songs for Children
- Smithsonian Folkways: Chantons en Francais; Vol. 1, Part 2: French Songs for Learning French
- FluentU: 7 Awesome Songs to Help You Learn French Through Music
- Kwiziq: Learn French Through Music (article + links)
- LyricsTraining A fun way to learn and improve your French through the music videos and the lyrics of your favorite songs
- French Together’s blog post features 64 French songs students can use to learn French