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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?
Les Schtroumpfs

The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs)
Directed by George Gordon, Bob Hathcock, Carl Urbano, Rudy Zamor, 1981, France-Belgium, animated TV series, recommended for ages 5+

In all there are 102 Smurfs, living in mushrooms that grow in a forest. Particularly fond of sarsaparilla, they all look deceptively alike but each has its own character! Their enemies? The wizard Gargamel and his ginger cat Azrael, who would dearly love to add them to their menu... Based on the books by Peyo.

Available in French on TV5MONDEplus (3 seasons) and in English on AmazonPrime | AppleTV | PlexTV


White Mane by Albert Lamorisse

White Mane (Crin Blanc, le Cheval Sauvage)
Directed by Albert Lamorisse, 1952, France, 47 minutes, recommended for ages 6+

In the south of France, in a vast plain region called the Camargue, lives White Mane, a magnificent stallion and the leader of a herd of wild horses too proud to let themselves be broken by humans. Only Folco, a young fisherman, manages to tame him. A strong friendship grows between the boy and the horse, as the two go looking for the freedom that the world of men won't allow them. Long unavailable in the U.S., this extraordinarily shot wonder from Albert Lamorisse, the director of The Red Balloon, is a work of technical sophistication and immense natural beauty.

Available on The Criterion Channel


The Jungle Bunch

The Jungle Bunch (Les As de la Jungle)
Directed by David Alaux, 2017, 1h38, PG, recommended for ages 8+

Maurice may look like a penguin - but he's a real tiger inside! Raised by a tigress, he's the clumsiest kung-fu master ever. Along with his friends, The Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before he. But Igor, an evil koala, wants to destroy the jungle once and for all—helped by his army of silly baboons.

Available on Peacock | Tubi | Plex | Crackle | Fubo | AmazonVideo | GooglePlay | YouTube | Vudu | Apple TV | The Roku Channel | PlutoTV | Microsoft | RedBox


Astérix at the Olympic Games

Asterix at the Olympic Games (Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques)
Directed by Thomas Langmann and Frédéric Forestier, 2008, 1h57, recommended for ages 10+

In their new adventures, Asterix and Obelix come to the aid of their friend Alafolix, who must fight Brutus, Cesar’s son, to win both the Olympic Games and the hand of beautiful Irina. But heinous Brutus is determined to beat the Gaul and take his father’s place.

Available on AmazonVideo | Vudu | GooglePlay | YouTube | Tubi | AppleTV


Le Tableau

The Painting (Le Tableau)
Directed by Jean-François Laguionie, 2011, 1h16, France-Belgium, recommended for ages 10+

In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his friends journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters – and in a feast for both the eyes and the imagination, Ramo, Lola, Quill and Magenta explore picture after picture, in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations.

Available on AmazonVideo | Vudu | Tubi | AppleTV | Hoopla


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When asked for their favorite word or drawing since the site started in 2010, Sheppard cited "holy", noting that, as the illustrator, his favorite words are those with the best drawings. With this one, there was a debate over how to undertake it, because of the delicate nature of how people perceive and use the word. 
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Bialystok's favorite part about writing the book was "putting it all together to tell a simple story. The book itself includes only a part of the research [she has done extensive studies on aging]; taking work I've done over decades and compressing it into a single story that's coherent.
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New French dual-language program in Manhattan

Welcome to New York City's new French dual-language program at PS149. The Sojourner Truth School, located in West Harlem (District 3) where 117th Street meets Lennox Avenue, is pioneering a bold new approach to French Dual Language instruction. Launched in September 2022, with students in Pre-Kindergarten, the school is building out a fully immersive Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Dual Language educational experience - producing students who are fully fluent (reading, writing, and speaking) in both French and English upon graduation. Embracing the most up to date pedagogical practices around dual language instruction, students will enter high school bilingual in every sense of the word - with a full appreciation of not only the French language, but of the culture and uniqueness of the Francophone world and what it means to be a part of this world.  
With open enrollment available to all families within the five boroughs - whether French is spoken at home fluently, or there simply exists a desire to become immersed in the language and culture of those who speak French, all are welcome at Sojourner Truth. In the 2023-2024 school year the Dual Language Program will expand to include Kindergarten and First Grade, continuing to grow yearly until we reach our goal of a full Pre-K to Grade 8 French Dual Language Program - the only such one in all of New York City. Principal Flournoy White and her team look forward to families learning more about the powerful work being done here and having them join us as we collaboratively bring the French Dual Language Program to life.
For more information or to visit the school, please contact Jeffrey Perl at JPerl2@schools.nyc.gov


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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?
MyFrenchFilmFestival 2023

MyFrenchFilmFestival (From January 13 to February 13, 2023)

MyFrenchFilmFestival is a worldwide French film festival presented by Unifrance whose goal is to shine a spotlight on a new generation of French-language filmmakers.

Selection will be announced on January 5, 2023.

Available online here and on several US platforms/channels.


animated charaters two zebras


Directed by Olivier Lelardoux, animated TV series, recommended for ages 3+

Zou, a little five-year-old zebra, lives in a town inhabited only by zebras. He and his extended family live in a large house right next door to his best friend, Elzee. He is an imaginative and inquisitive foal, and he’s now old enough to start becoming his own person!

Available on Amazon Video: season 1 and season 3 | The Roku Channel


Kids running to fight

Trouble at Timpetill (Les Enfants de Timpelbach)

Directed by Nicolas Bary, 2008, 2h13, recommended for ages 13+

Welcome to Timpetill, a small, serene village. Well, not really that serene… Indeed, for several weeks, the children have been playing multiple practical jokes and nasty tricks. The victims are, of course, other children… but also, and most of all, the parents. Overwrought, they decide to leave the village for what they think will only be one day. But nothing happens as planned: on the way back, they are taken prisoner by a group of soldiers. In Timpetill, the news of a village without parents makes Oscar and his gang of thugs happy! But that isn’t the case of a few daredevils who decide to side with Manfred and Marianne to regain control of the village.

Available on Vudu | YouTube | AppleTV | Amazon Video


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animated TV series, 2008-2017, 3 seasons, recommended for ages 9+

In a fantasy world, a mysterious figure leaves a baby boy with a retired bounty hunter in a small village with instructions to raise him until the time is right for him to find his biological family. Years later, that boy named Yugo discovers he has powerful magic abilities using the power of Wakfu even as his village is threatened.

Available on Netflix (#tip: be sure to click on "Audio & Subtitles" and select audio in French!)


If you like this series, you should like also this special series: Wakfu: The Quest for the Six Eliatrope Dofus
Animated TV series, 2014, 1 season, recommended for ages 9+

Available on Netflix (#tip: be sure to click on "Audio & Subtitles" and select audio in French!)


Animated movie

Terra Willy: Unexplored Planet (Terra Willy, planète inconnue)

By Eric Tosti, 2019, 1h30, PG, recommended for ages 7+

Following the destruction of their ship, the young Willy is separated from his parents with whom he traveled in space. His spare capsule lands on a wild and unexplored planet. With the help of Buck, a survival robot, he will have to hold until the arrival of a rescue mission.

Available on Hulu | Amazon Video | Vudu | GooglePlay | Redbox | YouTube | AppleTV


Week-end en famille

Weekend Family (Week-End Family)
Created by Baptiste Filleul, 2022, season 1, TV-PG, recommended for ages 8+

Every weekend, Fred takes care of his girls Clara (15), Victoire (12), and Romy (9). Each has a different mother with whom she lives during the week. A new stepmother joins in this happy mix when Fred falls madly in love with Emma, a Canadian doctoral student in child psychology.

Available on Disney+ (#tip: be sure to click on "Audio & Subtitles" and select audio in French!)

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New podcast episode: Antonella Sorace

With Bilingual Matters, Antonella Sorace challenges conventional wisdom about bilingualism

Antonella Sorace, an Italian living in Scotland, is the founder of Bilingualism Matters, an organization that advances research on bilingualism and language learning. Misconceptions in this area are rampant, and it is thanks to Antonella Sorace's work that we are now able to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions that are often found in our schools and in our societies.

The Bilingual Revolution podcast is produced by French Morning with the participation of CALEC.

Listen to this new podcast episode In French on New York in French


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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?
2 birds walking in the street (animated image)

To celebrate the holidays, IFcinéma à la carte is offering a selection of French short and feature films to watch for free from December 1 to 31! 

  • En sortant de l’école : Claude Roy – 6 shorts from the serie: Le bestiaire incertain, L'oiseau futé, Etourdis étourneauxL'enfant qui a la tête en l'airL'escargot Capitaine au long cours, and La clé des champs (recommended for ages 6+)
  • Good Luck Algeria by Farid Bentoumi (recommended for ages 14+)
  • Les Invisibles by Louis Julien Petit (recommended for ages 16+)


Animated cartoon / horse in a kitchen

A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log (Panique au village : La bûche de Noël)
By Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, 2013, 26 min., Belgium-France, recommended for ages 10+

The end-of-year celebrations are coming. Christmas: the tree, the dinner, the presents. Indian and Cowboy are expecting their presents eagerly. Overexcited by the organization of the celebration, they fight and destroy the Yule Log on which Horse was putting the last touch. Horse is livid and cancels the gifts from Santa Claus. How will they win back the favors of Horse and The Old Bearded Man? How will they retrieve their gifts ? For Indian and Cowboy, this is just the beginning of a long, very long Christmas Eve.

Available on Amazon Prime | Vudu | GooglePlay | Microsoft | YouTube | AppleTV


Santa Claus

Christmas & Co (Santa & Cie)
By Alain Chabat, 2017, 1h39, France-Belgium, PG, recommended for ages 12+

Santa's 92,000 elves all fall ill and collapse... simultaneously, on Christmas Eve! Who will make the toys for all the kids all around the world? He has no choice! Santa and his reindeer must go to Earth in search of a cure. But once he gets there, Mr. Claus will need some help to save the magic of Christmas...

Available on Vudu | Amazon Video | YouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV


Christmas scene

Noël Noël
By Nicola Lemay, 2003, 22 min., Canada, recommended for ages 6+

Noel Noël, a misguided billionaire, is in love with Beatrice, a bespectacled fairy. But thanks to little Zoey, her dog Snooze, and a blue-eyed reindeer, his eyes are finally opened. Enlivened by a humorous and rhymed narration spoken by Leslie Nielsen, Noel Noël is an animated fantasy about Christmas reminding us that happiness comes when the heart is allowed to speak.

Available on ONF website (French version) | Amazon Video (English version)


Scene of the animated movie L'apprenti Père Noël

Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Père Noël)
By Luc Vinciguerra, 2010, 1h11, Australia-France-Ireland, PG, recommended for ages 6+

Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan, and have a pure heart.

Available on KanopyAmazon PrimeYouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV | Vudu | Microsoft | Redbox


If you like this film, you should like also the sequel: The Magic Snowflake (L'Apprenti Père Noël et le flocon magique)
By Luc Vinciguerra, 2013, 1h25, France, recommended for ages 6+

Available on  Amazon Prime | YouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV | Redbox | Vudu | Microsoft


a kid on a bike

Santa Claus (Le Père Noël)
By Alexandre Coffre, 2014, 1h20, France-Belgium, recommended for ages 14+

Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan, and have a pure heart.

Available on VuduAmazon PrimeYouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV | Microsoft 


Christmas in the farm

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes...)
By Benjamin Renner & Patrick Imbert, 2017, 1h19, France-Belgium, PG / Recommended for ages 5+

The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.

Available on AppleTV | Microsoft | Vudu | GooglePlay | YouTube | Amazon Prime 


Ladybug with Eiffel Tower in the back

A Christmas Special - Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Pire Noël - Miraculous : Les aventures de Ladybug et de Chat Noir)
Animated TV Series, 2016, 21 min., recommended for ages 7+

Parisian teen Marinette transforms herself into superhero Ladybug to find her lonely secret crush Adrien when he runs away from home at Christmas.

Available on Netflix (#tip: be sure to click on "Audio & Subtitles" and select audio in French!)


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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?
Lilou © Rawan Rahim

Directed by Rawan Rahim, 2015, 8 min., France-Lebanon, recommended for ages 8+ (no dialogue)

Lilou is sensitive and curious, but also paralyzed by unbearable shyness. She is given a gift that allows her to see the past of the people around her and this will suddenly bring her out of her introversion.

Available on Vimeo
You can read an interview of director Rawan Rahim on NYICFF's website.



Do, Re & Mi
Animated preschool series, recommended for ages 3+

Do, Re & Mi are three birdie best friends who live in Beebopsburgh, a town as musical as its inhabitants. From the piano keys sidewalk to the beat-notes bushes, music is its own character in this show and it’s everywhere!

Available on Prime Video (#tip: make sure to click on "Subtitles & Audio" and select audio in French!)


A monkey looking from a window (animated movie)

The Prince's Voyage (Le Voyage du Prince)
Directed by Jean-François Laguionie & Xavier Picard, 2019
1h18, France-Canada-Luxembourg, recommended for ages 9+

When an old monkey Prince named Laurent runs aground on an unknown shore, he is found, injured and lost, by 12-year-old Tom. Prince Laurent is then taken in by Tom’s parents, a couple of scientists who were banished from their community because they believe in the existence of other monkey civilizations. With Tom’s help, the Prince discovers a society he knows nothing about, while Tom’s parents decide to use him to prove that their theory was indeed correct …

Available on The Roku Channel | Tubi | Vudu | Amazon Video | GooglePlay | YouTube | Microsoft | AppleTV | Freevee


Aya of Yop City (Gkids)

Aya of Yop City (Aya de Yopougon)
Directed by Marguerite Abouet et Clement Oubrerie, 2013
1h28, France-The Ivory Coast, recommended for ages 16+

Set against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya of Yop City is a vibrant, beautifully animated adaptation of the best-selling series of graphic novels by co-director Marguerite Abouet.

Aya is 19, and she loves her neighborhood of Yop City in Abidjan, where everyone knows each other. It’s always lively, with open markets, colorful fabrics, funky cafés and music everywhere. Her mom Fanta is the neighborhood’s most trusted healer. Her dad is a sales rep for a brewery, and certainly gets his fill of the product. While Aya has dreams of becoming a doctor, her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, just like to hang out and spend their evenings dancing, drinking and flirting with boys. Their ambition is to follow Plan C: Combs, Clothes and Chasing Men! But big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, and the baby’s father is the spoiled son of one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country. How can he possibly tell his old man?

Available on Kanopy | AppleTV | Ovid | GooglePlay | Amazon Video | YouTube | Vudu | KinoNow


The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec)
Directed by Luc Besson, 2010, 1h46, PG , recommended for ages 12+

The year is 1912. A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg, housed in the Natural History Museum, has mysteriously hatched, unleashing a prehistoric monster onto the Parisian streets. But nothing fazes Adèle, when she finds a connection with the ancient bird and reveals many more extraordinary surprises.

Available on tubi | Vudu | Prime Video | YouTube | Google Play | Microsoft | AppleTV | Plex

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Cooking up a Melting Pot

Many parents and educators today ask: "How do I engage children in fun activities without screens? This is precisely the question author Adrienne Mei Irving asked herself about her daughter while living in the southern port city of Marseilles, France. Have a taste of Franglais Soup e, the mixture is wonderful.
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In her epic trilogy of strong women, wars and love, Professor Emerita of Italian and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Columbia and Barnard in New York City, Maristella Lorch stitches memory into history for a compelling reflection on the personal and the public in the 20th century. "Pleasure in writing, as in so many things in life, comes from the feeling of having succeeded in grasping that evanescent cloud; that image, that idea."
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Book-based discussions on bilingualism fill the role of a much-needed voice that can promote the inherent value of learning and teaching languages from birth, one that can influence policymakers, academics, and administrators and provide a space to discuss ideas and solutions to the challenges of educating bilingual children. In this follow-up to The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages, Dr. Fabrice Jaumont delves deeper into the topics of bilingualism, bilingual education, and cognitive development through a series of conversations with world-renown experts from the Americas, Europe, and Africa: Ana Ines Ansaldo, Ellen Bialystok, Mbacké Diagne, Ofelia García, François Grosjean, and Christine Hélot.

Conversations on Bilingualism expands on the work of the author to advance multilingualism, empower multilingual families and linguistic communities, and foster cross-cultural understanding. It also advocates for language as a critical life skill through the development and implementation of strong educational programs that promote diversity and equality—as well as those that battle inequality head-on. With this book, the bilingual revolution is far from over; the movement for multilingualism and multiculturalism has just begun to take hold. It is not just about the battle for quality education but is also about self-awareness and the deepening of our understanding of ourselves as human beings—both as bilingual individuals and as members of multilingual communities. In Conversations on Bilingualism, Dr. Jaumont takes an unprecedented look at bilingualism as an essential life skill. Linguistic diversity is an untapped resource that can be harnessed not only to promote global equality, but also to optimize cognitive development, drive cultural understanding, and foster cross-cultural collaboration.

Two important points cut across the key areas discussed in this book: first, bilingualism is beneficial both for schools and society as a whole; second, multilingualism must be understood and taught properly to ensure the balanced cognitive development of children. This book will serve as a valuable resource for helping children and adult bilinguals alike to understand and develop their language skills, combat social inequalities, foster linguistic diversity and cross-cultural awareness, and advance education initiatives in their respective fields.

We need to come together to protect and celebrate linguistic diversity. This is not about making the choice for or against bilingualism or multilingualism, but rather about empowering multilingual families, communities, and institutions so that they can diversify the way they educate their children. Bilingual education has a real impact on the lives of millions of children around the world. We must do much more and much better. It is important to teach our children the most useful thing that languages have taught us for thousands of years - how to listen, think, and articulate – by making bilingualism a priority. A multilingual society is a healthy one.

The bilingual revolution is here to stay for many reasons, the most important being that it works. It works for children, individuals, societies, and the global marketplace. Whether you see it or not, bilingualism is growing and changing, much like the populations it represents. The sooner we understand and embrace this phenomenon, the better everyone will be able to adapt to change. This book aims to shed light on many of the issues surrounding bilingualism and multilingualism as well as provide a path towards a more inclusive future by expanding language resources for all of us.

Whether you are a teacher and want to know more about bilingual techniques or a parent and want to understand why your child is speaking another language than you: this book is for you. It contains public talks by experts combined with the author's personal perspective on bilingualism. This presents readers with both the ideas thrust upon families and the teaching practices discussed in the contemporary educational spheres. If you're interested in this topic, I highly recommend adding Conversations on Bilingualism to your reading list!

Caitlin Leib


Order Conversations on Bilingualism here with coupon code NDI10


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Come play soccer and support  le French Heritage Language Program!

Saturday June 25 from 1pm to 6pm 
at  Socceroof, Brooklyn.
Women are welcome.

Please join us with your team in representing your country or your organization supporting our fundraising efforts for the French Heritage Language Program.

The French Football Academy, the Permanent Representation of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie to the United Nations, and the FACE Foundation, cordially invite you to the second edition of the Francophone Cup Tournament.

The Francophone Cup is a co-ed adult soccer tournament gathering teams, including employees of the United Nations, diplomatic missions, international corporations and non- governmental organizations (NGOs) who will compete to become the winner of the Francophone Cup in support of the French Heritage Language Program, which works to help francophone immigrants and young Americans with Francophone background maintain their linguistic and cultural heritage!


 Questions about the tournament?  Email betrand@fffacademy.com


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L’enseignement de l’oral préoccupe enseignants et apprenants. C’est une question complexe qui touche à la fois les problèmes de communication et d’acquisition, d’organisation et de mise en œuvre pédagogique mais aussi d’évaluation. Tentative de réponse avec Jing Guo, qui a codirigé L’enseignement de l’oral en classe de langue (Éditions des archives Contemporaines, 2020).


Quand on parle d’enseignement de l’oral en classe de langue, de quel oral parle-t-on ? C’est le point de départ de tous les problèmes qui apparaissent après ! Là il s’agit plutôt d’une question de registres ; entre registre familier, neutre, informel… quel registre enseigner ? Ici, tous les enseignants ne sont pas d’accord entre eux sur l’importance de montrer différentes variations de registres aux étudiants. En revanche, les étudiants trouvent qu’il est important, et ilssont demandeurs, de différencier les registres dès le début de l’apprentissage.

Mais cette demande de différenciation reste secondaire ; ils préfèrent quand même recevoir un enseignement dans un registre disons neutre. En même temps le CECR a tranché sur le sujet en n’in-troduisant les variétés langagières qu’à partir du niveau B2. Et c’est seulement à partir du C1 que l’on est censé commencer à ajuster les diffé-rents niveaux. Pourtant, d’un point de vue sociolinguistique, il serait préférable de prendre en compte ces différences de registres et d’y exposer plus tôt les étudiants. Cela étant, ce sont les objectifs d’appren-tissage qui vont orienter les choix en matière d’exposition ou non aux différents registres....

si vous voulez lire la suite...abonnez-vous à la revue Le français dans le monde...

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For Rose, “her family and society were everything for her.” DeCosse explains that even though Rose had a challenging time, to say the least, in East Hampton, she found people of different nationalities who were good to her, and this broadened her mind. A very kind teacher, who became a kind of mentor to her, encourages her to learn English for her societal survival in the U.S. This central message is what DeCosse wants us to take away from her latest book–this opening of the mind, this understanding of different cultural perspectives that Rose comes to achieve.
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LOST ILLUSIONS Opens June 10 in NY

Music Box Films is pleased to announce the US theatrical release of LOST ILLUSIONS, Xavier Giannoli’s sumptuous adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s seminal 19th century Paris-set epic novel of ambition, lust, betrayal, and the birth of modern media.  LOST ILLUSIONS will open on Friday, June 10 in New York (Film Forum and Film at Lincoln Center) and Los Angeles (Laemmle's Royal, Pasadena’s Playhouse and Encino’s Town Center), followed by a national expansion.

Giannoli’s deft, au courant adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s sprawling novel of social-climbing and artistic compromise reminds us that the thorny entanglements of art, commerce, and media are centuries-old. This decadent, satirical romp that “plays with all the brio and jeopardy of a modern-day gangster movie” (Variety) is replete with both the opulence and grittiness of 19th-century Paris. Fake news and “pay for play” are familiarly pervasive, though sexier and funnier than today’s version -- and not a little soul-pricking, since the culprits are lefty journalists and a doe-eyed, underdog poet-protagonist (Benjamin Voisin). Our hero’s journey begins with a quest for love and pure art, then ascends steeply to heights of notoriety, fortune, and debauchery, and then… What goes up must come down.

Adapting Balzac’s novel for the screen had been a life-long passion project for writer-director Xavier Giannoli, whose seven other features, regularly selected for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, include César Award winners In the Beginning,The Singer, and Marguerite, his tragi-comedy about the socialite soprano modeled after Florence Foster Jenkins. 

"Refreshing…With its stellar performances, dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, LOST ILLUSIONS is a worthwhile, sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition.” - Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter

“Director Xavier Giannoli accomplishes one of French literature's trickier feats – adapting Balzac – finding uncanny resonances with our time.” - Peter Debruge, Variety 

"Period-drama perfection. Acted with such terrific panache that not enjoying it is impossible.”- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian 



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Valerie Sun is a former dual immersion teacher and the founder of EmpowerED Consulting, a nonprofit educational consulting company. She recently published her handbook Navigating Dual Immersion: A Teacher's Companion for the School Year and Beyond through TBR Books. This is the first of the series, Navigating Dual Immersion, which will later see a guide for parents and one for administrators.
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Vickie Frémont's new work from TBR Books is part memoir, part instructional guide, taking the Native American legend of the hummingbird and creating a deeply personal learning tool that Frémont uses to touch the lives of all around her, and her own.
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