http://www.zut.org.uk/index.htmlZut! is an interactive French website created by Catherine Murphy of Llanishen High School in Cardiff, Wales.
Drawing on ten years of teaching experience, Murphy has created a comprehensive set of interactive activities for French teachers and learners. The site features more than 500 exercises, over 100 of which have audio samples of native French speakers. It is an easily navigated resource, organized for each year of study and also includes exercises for the interactive whiteboard.
Although the topics covered on the site are tailored to the British curriculum, they are an easy fit for any Canadian elementary and early high school curriculums. All you need to do is find a level (beginner, intermediate or advanced)
and choose a topic such as numbers, time, classroom objects, grammar for the beginner level; everyday activities, personal and social life, the world around us, the world of work, the international world and grammar for the intermediate level, and les jeunes et leurs problemes, les drogues, la formation et les carriers, les loisirs, le sport, les verbes, les pronoms for the advanced level.
The interactive exercises here focus on the skills of writing, reading and listening. I really enjoy being able to click on the word or phrase for an exact pronunciation and listening to real conversations in French. Exercises range from fill in the blanks, matching, putting words and sentences in the right order, crossword puzzles, to games such as Hangman and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The real draw to this site is the instant feedback you get.
Other features of this site include a newsletter and a very useful annotated list of links for other French language sites and rescources. In addition, Murphy is also the author of another site Interactive Activities for German Teachers and Learners found at http://gut.languageskills.co.uk/
If you’re on the lookout for French language resources, check out Murphy’s site and her links. It will add a “je ne sais pas quoi” to your classes.