French resources and lesson plans

Transparent Language Online comes stocked with French courses for learners of all ages—and supporting documents to help you implement them!

To get you started and see what content might be right for you, we've built this helpful overview guide to our French K-12 curriculum (though our content goes beyond that!). Some of our French courses also include Scope and Sequence documents and Instructor Handbooks, which you can find links to below. Don't forget to check out our French language blog for useful articles to share in class!

French courses in Transparent Language Online with Scope and Sequence documents and/or Instructor Handbooks:

Elementary Vocabulary courses are specifically designed for learners in grades 3-5, covering things kids actually talk about, like meeting friends, school supplies, and birthday parties. Includes printable workbooks for students. This 3-level course requires approximately 75 hours of independent study. Each level of the course contains around 25 vocabulary lessons, each teaching 10-15 vocabulary words or phrases (around 950 total). 
Teen Voices was created for middle school and high school language learners. This 3-level course focuses on the everyday lives of typical teens in France. The 3 levels of Teen Voices: French! contain 20 units that expose students to common vocabulary topics, functional grammar, integrated culture, and everyday dialogues. The course can be adapted to fit any time frame or complement any curriculum. On average, each level represents approximately 1-1.5 years of study (35 hours), depending on the student’s or class’s schedule.
  • Level 1 of Teen Voices: Scope and Sequence and Instructor Handbook
    Intended to be the first step in learning French after practicing the alphabet. In addition to teaching approximately 700 useful words and phrases, it extends to mastery of the simple present tense for many common regular and irregular verbs, as well as formal/informal language and basic sentence construction. Students who complete the course will be able to give basic information about who they are and what they like to do.
    Intended for: ACTFL Novice Low, CEFR A1

  • Level 2 of Teen Voices: Scope and Sequence and Instructor Handbook 
    Picks up where Level 1 leaves off. Students gain competency in speaking about basic personal information, on topics such as family, school, and food, and they also are exposed to more social contexts and cultural information about French-speaking areas. Students begin to combine their lexical knowledge with intermediate grammatical concepts, such as the imperfect and past perfect tenses for important verbs.
    Intended for: ACTFL Novice Mid, CEFR A2

  • Level 3 of Teen Voices: Scope and Sequence and Instructor Handbook 
    Continues where Level 2 leaves off. Students get to explore topics outside the home and school as they learn to communicate with their peers, adults, and groups of people when shopping, giving directions, and teaching others how to do something. Level 3 dives into important grammatical concepts and structures as well, such as mastering reflexive and reciprocal verbs in the past and present tense, using direct/indirect object pronouns, and remembering irregular past participles.
    Intended for: ACTFL Novice High, CEFR B1

The Essentials course is designed as a quick and useful starting point for beginner learners who
are looking to use the new language while traveling. It will equip them with the most frequently
used words and phrases connected to scenarios they will find themselves in while traveling in-country. The course is meant for young adult or adult learners. The course contains over 450 words and phrases organized into 11 units of three lessons each. Each unit is equivalent to approximately 2 learning hours.
Intended for: ACTFL Novice Low-Novice High, ILR 0-1, CEFR A1-A2

Other French content in Transparent Language Online includes:

  • KidSpeak (not available with all subscriptions): Kidspeak is the ideal first step to learning a language as a young child with limited or no reading and writing skills in any language. It’s an engaging immersion style product that uses animation combined with over 40 interactive activities to help learn the alphabet and simple words and phrases suitable for their age and interests. 3 levels of difficulty are included. KidSpeak is ideal for learners in grades K-2.
  • Welcome lesson
  • Alphabet course
  • Conversations courses: This 3-level course focuses on everyday social activities, vocabulary acquisition, and conversation skills. Each level builds upon the previous level to help learners prepare for everyday interactions with authentic conversations delivered entirely in the target language. Each level contains 40 original conversations and grammar activities, as well as approximately 600 vocabulary items, totaling approximately 60 hours of study material per level.
    • Beginner Conversations (Level 1) is intended for: ACTFL Novice Low-Novice Mid, ILR 0-1, CEFR A1-A2
    • Beginner Conversations (Level 2) is intended for: ACTFL Intermediate Mid, ILR 1+, CEFR A2-B1
    • Intermediate Conversations (Level 3) is intended for: ACTFL Intermediate High, ILR 2, CEFR B1-B2
  • Quick Start vocabulary
  • General vocabulary: The supplemental General Vocabulary series is a set of vocabulary lessons designed to help beginner- to intermediate-level learners build and sustain a robust and functional vocabulary of words and phrases. The lessons are a fun, easy, and quick way to get started learning or build on existing skills. These paired language lessons use the learner’s native or known language to support the instruction in the target language. Each collection is organized into themed sets and totals approximately 70 hours of material.

    Each vocabulary lesson contains 8 engaging and increasingly challenging activities that lead towards mastery of the words, phrases, and expressions a person needs to know to understand and convey the basics for survival and to participate in typical, everyday interactions. In addition, each lesson includes an assessment to verify that the material has been learned. Transparent Language Online also provides a set of activities specifically designed to drive vocabulary acquisition and retention, including the EveryVoice™ pronunciation practice and speech driven activities. Intended for: ACTFL Novice Low – Intermediate High, ILR 0-1+, CEFR A1-B1
  • Business vocabulary
  • Medical vocabulary
  • Grammar resources
  • Language learning tips/fundamentals
  • And more being added each year!

Finding content and courses

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