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Open Educational Resources (OERs) – Culture

Culture and Content in French: Frameworks for Innovative Curricula

Lever Press (Open Access)

Authors: Aurélie Chevant-Aksoy and Kathryne Adair Corbin

Description: "Instructors in today’s language classrooms face the challenge of preparing globally competent and socially responsible students with transcultural aptitude. As classroom content shifts toward communication, collaboration, and problem solving across cultural, racial, and linguistic boundaries, the teaching of culture is an integral part of foreign language education. This volume offers nontraditional approaches to teaching culture in a complex time when the internet and social networks have blurred geographical, social, and political borders. The authors offer practical advice about teaching culture with kinesthetics, music, improvisation, and communication technologies for different competency levels. The chapters also explore multi-literacies, project-based learning, and discussions on teaching culture through literature, media, and film. The appendices share examples of course syllabi, specific course activities, and extracurricular projects that explore culinary practices, performing arts, pop culture, geolocation, digital literacy, journalism, and civic literacy." (

Open Educational Resources (OERs) – Language

I. Au Boulot! First-Year French

KU ScholarWorks

Authors: David Dinneen, Hope Christiansen, Madeleine Kernen, and Herve Pensec

Description: "Au boulot! is a two-year college French program consisting of: a textbook, workbook and 21 accompanying audio exercises; as well as a reference grammar, to be used the entire two years.In our current program (we have tested this material at the first year and are now testing the second year sequel), we also use a separate reader. The text and workbook are shorter and "lighter" than the average first-year texts have become in recent years, at least in part because we want to provide a core of grammar presentation and exercises, both mechanical and creative, while allowing instructors the flexibility to choose their own reading materials, of which there is a variety of excellent ones available." (

Level: Elementary and Intermediate French

II. Chapeau! First-Year French

KU ScholarWorks

Authors: David Dinneen and Madeleine Kernen

Description: "Chapeau! is a first-year college text. Although it may appear, at first glance, to move very fast and introduce a large amount of material early, the vocabulary and grammatical structures that we expect students to control actively by the end of the year are limited in accord with our notion of a reasonable application of the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. This record contains a textbook (pdf), and workbook (pdf) with 24 accompanying audio exercises (mp3)." (

Level: Elementary French

III. Conversation en Français

Portland State University Library

Author: Annabelle Dolidon

Description: "CITOYEN.NE.S is a French language method for the conversation class at the intermediate/ advanced level. Content and activities are built around the concepts of diversity, inclusivity and equity, and engage students to practice French while questioning and participating in the world they live in – to be full citizens whatever their background, their race or their gender identity. As the French spelling of the title indicates, the book embraces écriture inclusive and uses it for instructions and general information for all students. The book is composed of five chapters covering various themes. None of them provides again basic vocabulary from first- and second-year French courses, like food and body parts. Instead, each chapter builds on students’ previous knowledge and takes them further to develop language and cultural skills. Each chapter presents a mix of vocabulary lists and activities, authentic documents and others that have been written for the book, based on research. Chapters end with creative activities and one overarching assignment that help students go deeper in topics of interest. Early chapters have two grammar reviews, later chapters only one." (

Level: Intermediate and Advanced French

IV. Français inclusif: An Interactive Textbook for French 101

Department of World Languages, Boise State University

Authors: Amber Hoye; Dr. Mariah Devereux Herbeck; Brittney Gehrig; Sharon Westbrook; Madelynn Ruhter; Emily Blackburn; Dr. Jason Herbeck; and Hortense Saget 

Description: "This textbook provides a remixed version of Français interactif exercises, adding interactivity and new exercises. It offers an easy way for students to study the vocabulary and grammar for each module, while providing exercises to practice and apply what they’ve learned. Modules also contain an introduction page with learning objectives, a cultural reflection assignment, a presentational speaking and/or writing assessment, and Allez plus loin (Go further) page which contains additional content." (

Level: Elementary French

V. Français interactif

Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, University of Texas at Austin

Authors: Carl Blyth, Karen Kelton, Nancy Guilloteau 

Description: "Français interactif is a unique, award-winning 1st-year French curriculum used by learners all over the world. Students explore French language and culture by following the lives of real students who have participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The online curriculum includes over 320 videos, vocabulary and phonetics audio, online grammar reference with self-correcting exercises and audio dialogues, verb conjugation and practice tools, internet activities, and a textbook of classroom exercises. Français interactif was awarded the 2009 CALICO Esperanto Access to Language Education Award and the National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment Best of Humanities on the Web award (2005)." ( 

Level: Elementary and Intermediate French

VI. Let's Chat! Interpersonal Speaking Activities in the French Classroom

The Pathways Project, Boise State University

Authors: Alexandre Bourque-Labbé; Antoine Abjean; Cassy Ponga; Emily Blackburn; Jasmine Wall; Jorge Corea; Josepha Sowanou; Justin Snyder; Lily Nelson; Manon Pretesesille; Michael Quiblier; Mimi Fahnstrom; Olivier Roy; Rylie Wieseler; Samantha Lind; Sharon Westbrook; and Tori Fisher 

Description: "Let’s Chat! French features a collection of nearly 100 classroom-ready interpersonal speaking activities for novice and intermediate learners. Touching on a range of thematic topics such as free time activities, food, daily routines, health, the environment, art and so much more, French teachers are sure to find an activity to use in their courses. These activities may be used as is or can easily be revised and remixed to fit the unique needs of individual classrooms." (

Level: Elementary and Intermediate French

VII. Liberté

Author: Gretchen Angelo and Emmanuelle Remy

Description: "Liberté, by Gretchen Angelo and Emmanuelle Remy, is a first-year college French textbook with a true communicative approach. It has been adopted by instructors at over thirty colleges and high schools. The textbook may be downloaded for free in accordance with the license, or printed copies can be ordered." (

Level: Elementary French

VIII. Marigolde French Academy

Author: Dr. Marianne Golding

Description: Features PowerPoints, vocabulary lists, practice activities, and videos for First-Year French. (

Level: Elementary French

IX. Résumer, synthétiser, argumenter


Authors: Sylvie Clamageran and Henriette Gezundhajt 

Description: "Le manuel RÉSUMER, SYNTHÉTISER, ARGUMENTER s’adresse aux étudiants de français langue seconde de niveau avancé (3e ou 4e année universitaire, essentiellement). Profitant des possibilités qu’offre le format multimédia, le manuel intègre un certain nombre d’exercices autocorrigés et de présentations sur des points de langue. Ce manuel se présente dans un format multistandard et multiplateforme. On peut le consulter à partir d’ordinateurs, de tablettes et de téléphones. Il est également possible de le télécharger en format « pdf » (amputé des éléments multimédias) pour mieux le redécouper ou l’imprimer." (

Level: Advanced French

X. Tout un Monde: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Intermediate French

Mavs Open Press

Author: Alicia Soueid 

Description: "This book is intended for use with intermediate level college French classes. Its multidisciplinary approach introduces students to topics and vocabulary associated with fields such as medicine, advertising, travel, business, agriculture, and relationships." (

Level: Intermediate French

Open Educational Resources (OERs) – Pronunciation

Sons et lettres

Portland State University Library

Author: Stephen Walton 

Description: "Sons et lettres provides a set of classroom materials to train students to hear and produce the sounds of French and to recognize the regular spellings used to represent those sounds in print. The materials are inspired by a desire to help students feel more confident about their French pronunciation and more at home saying the many French words, familiar and unfamiliar, which they encounter in their studies, in French media and in their travels. In our experience, students are not given sufficient preparation to successfully decipher and pronounce French words. These materials are intended to fill that gap and to clear away the confusion that English speakers often feel when they see French words with seemingly mysterious combinations of letters." (10.15760/pdxopen-18)

Level: Intermediate French

Online Teaching Resources

A focus on Best Practices; Gamification and Other Means of Forming Relationships in Online Classrooms; Using Fairytales, and Effective Teaching of Writing [Race and Social Justice] Online

Full bibliography of 18 books and 23 articles compiled by E. Nicole Meyer in the following document:

Online Teaching Resources_11-24-2020_E.NicoleMeyer.docx


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