it comes to teaching French to French speakers, the political,
social and cultural realities of your students’ native
countries really become an essential aspect of your pedagogy.
Whether you want to integrate on-line press into your lessons,
find information on Haitian music or African politics, show
a francophone movie, or create a class blog, you will find
everything you need in this collection of Heritage Language
Below are 6 categories of websites. All websites are in French, unless otherwise noted.
sites offer Guidelines for the teaching of Heritage Languages,
the latest research articles, information about Heritage Language
Programs across the United States, and links to major resource
centers (all websites in ENGLISH).
National Heritage Language Resource Center www.international.ucla.edu
Newly created, the NHLRC is a federally-funded resource center.
Above all, the NHLRC endeavors to develop pedagogical approaches
to teach heritage learners, primarily by creating a resource
base and by pursuing curriculum design.
Curriculum Guidelines for Heritage Language Classrooms
at the University of California www.international.ucla.edu
This is a report prepared by the NEH Focus Group in 2003.
It covers such topics as instruction materials and teacher
training for Heritage Language Classrooms.
Heritage Language Journal www.heritagelanguages.org
This is an online research journal "dedicated to the
issues underlying the teaching and learning of Heritage Languages."
It is published by the National Heritage Language Resource
Center and includes essays and book reviews on subjects related
to Heritage Language development.
Alliance for the advancement of Heritage Languages
in America @
Center for Applied Linguistics www.cal.org
This alliance groups, individuals and organizations interested
in promoting Heritage Language development. It also supports
citizens who use multiple languages in their professions.
Find resources, forums, profiles of HL programs and information
on conferences. If you are running an HL program, please complete
the program profile for possible posting on the Alliance website!
National Foreign Language Center – University
of Maryland www.nflc.org
Read about the active series of steps the National Foreign
Language Center has taken to help promote the development
of Heritage Languages in the US, launching the Heritage Languages
Initiative with the Center for Applied Linguistics.
websites aim at helping French teachers by providing teaching
methods, ready-to-use material, studies on various pedagogical
topics, francophone educational news, etc.
EspaceFrancophone is an internet portal aimed at French-speaking
educators and all francophiles. Based in Louisiana, the site
is of interest to teachers of French as a heritage language,
French as a foreign language and those in immersion programs.
The website features an audiovisual section with many downloadable
documents, including clips that come with ideas for classroom
use. It also provides info about the indigenous francophone
communities of Créoles, Cajuns and Native Americans,
and the French-speaking world in general.
“The global community of teachers of French”.
OIF’s Education website offers very diverse, up-to-date
Le Point du FLE www.lepointdufle.net
A portal whose objective is to facilitate access to the best
free web-based activities for learning and teaching French.
There are sites for interactive grammar, self-correcting exercises
etc., which can all be used for work in the classroom or for
self-studies. NB: this website focuses on French as a foreign
This website will help you create and carry an ethnographic
study with your students! Advice, ideas and methods for you
and your students to become French-speaking ethnologues en
herbes. Ethnokids has had participants from all over the world!
Hundreds of real photo advertisements, sorted by brands, to
choose from and discuss in class with your students.
RFI – Radio France Internationale www.rfi.fr
Radio France Internationale (RFI). Radio news reports in French
suited for pedagogical use. Great opportunity to hear news
reports in simple French language – ideal for learners
of French. Online listening and downloadable audio documents
you can save on your computer for use in class.
TV5 Monde www.tv5.org
International French channel. This link offers audiovisual
activities in French suited for pedagogical use.
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African Radios www.afriqueindex.com
Main radios for many African countries. Online listening!
Radio Soleil d’Haïti www.radiosoleil.com
The Haitian radio in New York. Online listening. Francophone Canadian Radios www.ramdam.com
Main Quebec radios. Online listening.
des radios de France www.radios.syxy.com
Main French radios including France Culture, RTL, Nostalgie,
etc. Online listening.
are sources of daily news, articles, reports, forums, blogs,
etc., pertaining to francophone countries. These websites
will provide you with authentic francophone material that
will help your students understand today’s world.
One of the best reference sites of African news for adolescents.
JeuneAfrique, a weekly magazine, publishes articles targeting
a younger reading audience. By reading JeuneAfrique students
will gain awareness of African political affairs.
Daily news over events in Africa. Good source of articles
on African society and culture. Access to blog.
Extensive news coverage for Africa and the entire Caribbean.
NORTH AFRICA Marweb www.marweb.com
Main portal to Maghreb-related websites.
MOROCCO L’Opinion www.lopinion.ma
One of the principal sources of Moroccan daily news.
CANADA Branchez-vous www.branchez-vous.com
Information about Canada. Source of news and current events
(culture, society, politics, technology, business), forums.
Canadian news, culture and society, people, cinema, art and
Clés de l’actualité Junior www.lesclesjunior.com
This marvelous website geared for teenagers will give you
access to short and engaging news articles written in simpler
French. News on France, the world, culture, sports, a weekly
dossier and a section dedicated to French teachers!
Press Network www.haitipressnetwork.com
Website dedicated to Haitian news: economy, politics, society,
Extensive news on African, Caribbean and French culture and
society. World news from a francophone perspective. Biographies
of important cultural and political characters throughout
Haitian Times www.haitiantimes.com
ENG. Online edition of the weekly magazine.
more and keep up-to-date with francophone culture in the world.
Below are links to general websites and websites that contain
information on specific cultural activities.
An exhaustive website about Africa’s vivid cultural
life. Find references to African cultural events, from conferences
to TV documentaries on African life. Limited access to Africulture’s
journal (must have a subscription)—a fantastic source
of articles covering African culture.
Extensive information about music, arts, travel, news in Africa
and the Caribbean. This great portal also features sections
on economy, industry, religion, education, development, conflicts.
You will also find a beautiful photo section, and a forum.
Website of an explorer of the African continent. Interesting
photos and first-hand accounts of Africa’s sights. Proverbs
[ Literature in Africa ]
A Literary Review from University of Pennsylvania
ENG. African Studies Center at University of Pennsylvania:
Africa Access review of Children’s Materials. Find a
vast array of children’s books in English.
Fables, tales, and cultural and anthropological information
about African populations.
African fables and tales.
Toute la poésie www.toutelapoesie.com
Anthology of poems in French.
[ Festivals in Africa ]
Dak’Art www.dakart.org Wonderful articles and information dealing with
contemporary African art in Dak’Art journal. Contributors
from all over Africa. Fespaco – Festival
panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision
de Ouagadougou www.fespaco.bf
Pan-African film and T.V. festival held every year. The largest
film festival in Africa.
------------------- [ Soccer in Africa ]
Caf On Line www.cafonline.com
The official website of African soccer. Includes news on the
2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Haiti on Wikipedia www.en.wikipedia.org
ENG. Wikipedia entry on Haiti.
Portraits d’Iles www.lehman.cuny.edu
A fantastic resource on Haitian culture that contains biographies
of important cultural characters and links to websites. This
sight provides in-depth information exposing the richness
of Haitian culture: cuisine, arts, cinema, literature, dance,
Great source of information on Haitian culture, society, history,
Another reference to information on Haitian culture.
Image Nouvelle www.imagenouvelle.com
By privileging music and cinema this site offers a different
perspective on Haitian culture.
[ Festivals in Haiti ]
international film festival
Haitian international film festival held in Jacmel, cultural
capital of Haiti. Films from around the world.
National Geographic www.worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com
ENG. National Geographic World Music webpage. On this great
website you will learn all about music genres and artists
from all over the world. You can also watch and listen to
them for free. This page also gives access to photo galleries
from National Geographic. Song Lyrics – African and
Caribbean on Afromix www.afromix.org
Hundreds of songs!
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Professor Jean-Claude Redonnet and his team continue to collect various personal stories from francophones in the United States. A resourceful blog with insights into the lives of contemporary American Francophones captured into great video interviews.
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CT and DC ]
These are excellent sources of information about Francophone
events in Washington, DC and the Tri-State area: festivals,
exhibitions, conferences, concerts, films, literature, etc.
– Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie www.francophonie.org
This is the official website for the Organisation Internationale
de la Francophonie. It gives rudimentary, in-depth information
about la Francophonie. A great way to keep up with la Francophonie.
OIF Portal www.francophonie.org
A portal to many Francophone websites selected by the OIF
about: democracy and justice, economy, cultures, education,
Fédération Internationale des professeurs
de français www.fipf.org
FIPF’s official website.
AUF – Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie www.auf.org
With over 600 member institutions of higher learning throughout
la Francophonie, AUF carries five programs of research in
the fields of linguistic diversity, democracy, new technologies
in education, cooperation, and sustainable development.