I love the Internet, reason 572: Ma France. The BBC has free online foreign language materials for seven different languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, and Greek. The best of their programs is Ma France.
Ma France is designed for people who studied a year or two of French before and want to brush up and learn more. There are 24 units. Each unit focuses on a topic on daily living in France. There are three short videos, comprehension quizzes on the videos, a vocabulary list, a grammar section, and half a dozen other activities to help you learn the unit material. It’s a fun way to practice French, for free, right online.
The video topics range from using directions to find a hotel, buying a house, shopping at the grocery, and even going speed dating. You have a choice of using French and or English subtitles while you watch the video. (You need to have a high-speed connection to see the videos. Transcripts and low-speed activities are available for dial-up connections.)
This is a great program for improving French. The videos are interesting and short. The unit activities are carefully crafted to help you learn the new material. Did I mention it’s right online and free? Wow! I love the BBC.