Every summer, students look forward to taking a break from schoolwork…but there are many ways for your child to keep up their French over the summer in fun, less structured ways, here are some ideas!
French summer camps offer opportunities for children to practice their French while engaging in all kinds of exciting activities. Teachers often notice that children are more willing to speak in French if they have attended a camp in French over the summer.
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
Lots of options for reading in French over the summer
- BC Summer Reading Club… ask your librarian for a list of French books for your child’s 2017 “Walk on the Wild Side/Balade dans la nature sauvage” Reading Record!
- Club de lecture TD Bilingual book club offered through participating libraries. Lots of great online activities too.
- Some municipal libraries maintain comprehensive lists of French-language materials, check out North Vancouver City Library’s “Liste de livres” here and Burnaby Public Library’s French Immersion section here.
- Check out French e-books in the Tumblebooks online library – many libraries offer free access
- La Bibliothèque des Amériques Become a member for free and borrow from a huge selection of francophone e-books for all ages and interests
- Indigo’s French Book List and French Immersion Book Lists
- Kayak magazine (Canadian history presented in a comic-book style in French and English)
- Les Débrouillards magazine (fun science magazine for younger kids)
- GéoAdo (fun science magazine for teens)
- Bookaboo Fun French preschool show about a world famous rock star puppy who needs to read a story a day to play!
- Find more reading links in our “Let’s read en français” blog post
Watching French movies at home is a fun way to enrich French studies in a relaxed environment.
- L’office national du film du Canada (National Film Board of Canada)
- 10+ Child-Friendly French Movies
- Top 10 easy-to-understand French movies
- Borrow French films on DVD from libraries, such as Ernest et Celestine, Belle et Sebastien, Louis Cyr, Le Coq de St Victor. Or watch an animated English-language movie with French subtitles or dubbing!
- Find more French movie links in our French-language movie post
Several Canadian channels offer a wide variety of French children’s shows to watch online:
- Radio-Canada Jeunesse
- Tou.Tv Jeunesse
- TFO (Télévision française de l’Ontario)
- Oniva Radio-Canada’s popular Canadian magazine-format show for school-age kids
- Arts & Crafts: Dessinatruc, Transformatruc
- Magic tricks: Par ici la magie
- Animal shows: Fous des animaux on UnisTV or Animo on Tou.Tv
- Nature: Arthur l’aventurier
- Sports: watch popular sporting events in French on Réseau des sports or TVA Sports
- Cooking: popular Québec chef Ricardo’s cooking shows
It is possible for kids to enjoy their summer vacation and practice their French at the same time!
- Je révise en vacances Workbooks specially designed for summer enrichment
- Francolab combines language learning with cultural enrichment for students aged 14+
- Language apps like Duolingo or Babbel
- Écrire en cursive Free app that allows users to practice their cursive writing skills in French!
- Project Voltaire Grammar exercises and tests
- La Dictée P.G.L. Online dictées for Grades 1-8
- BrainPOP Animated educational site for kids
- C’est pas sorcier Engaging science show for kids from France
Here are some fun French board games (“jeux de société”)
- Mille Bornes
- Ti-Joe Connaissant parcourt le monde
- Tic Tac Boum
- Apples to Apples (French version)
- Qui est-ce? (French version of “Guess Who?” game)
- Find more French games on sites like Renaud-Bray or Archambault
Or play word and number games you already own – Scrabble, Bananagrams, Uno, Boggle etc – en français!
ONLINE GAMES & APPS
And here some great online games and apps:
- La Francomobile An engaging and motivating game-based way for kids aged 7 to 12 to learn French the fun way!
- IDÉLLO A new world of online learning with thousands of French-language games, apps and websites for all ages and levels.
- Zone Jeunesse Radio-Canada’s interactive youth website
- Le Petit Champlain a free app for little explorers to learn about Samuel de Champlain’s life in a fun way
- La Tablette de Champlain What if Samuel de Champlain had access to a digital tablet?
- Les Jeux de Lulu
- StopMo Studio French version of National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning stop-motion app
- EduLuLu the Canadian reference for educational apps in French and English for 2 to 17 year olds
Listening to songs in French will help children expand their vocabulary, learn new expressions and develop confidence.
- Ici Musique (Radio-Canada) Press play on the Coin des Petits “webradio” for singalong francophone music for younger kids, and for tweens there is the 9-12 ans webradio
- Older kids can check out popular French-Canadian bands like Malajube, Karkwa, Les Cowboys Fringants and many more on Radio-Canada’s music-streaming service, ICI Musique
- Dans l’air du temps Learn about popular French-Canadian music over the decades
- Chanter avec Mini (Karaoke style!)
- Chansons traditionelles (iPad app)
- NoteCompo Have fun being a music composer in French by changing the words, instruments and vocal tracks on 3 different compositions
- LyricsTraining A fun way to learn and improve your French through the music videos and the lyrics of your favorite songs
- Find more music links in our “Chantons en français” blog post
Sites to help you visit French-speaking areas in Canada and around the world in person or virtually!
- Interactive Mapping Tool for French-language businesses and services in British Columbia
- «Bienvenue en Colombie-Britannique» Discover bilingual historic sites, culinary and cultural Circle Tours and French-speaking ambassadors ready to greet you all over British Columbia.
- La Francophonie au Canada (Discovery game)
- Québec Original A compelling and feature-packed website showcasing Québec culture and geography
- Ça bouge au Canada Discover tourist attractions and cultural activities in 10 Canadian regions
- OffQc | Quebec French Guide For lovers of French and diehard fans of all things québécois!
- Paris Day & Night Time-lapse journey through the whole of Paris, day and night, including nearly every famous landmark
- Google Night Walk In Marseille Explore the sounds, streets and soul of Marseille on this immersive digital night walk
- Parc Astérix Check out this theme park based on the classic comic strip!