Learn Any Language By Treating it as Music

Born in the former Soviet Union and raised in Cupertino, California, Zaraysky learned English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Serbo-Croatian, and Italian through mimicking the sounds of language the same way she would musical notes. Language, like a song from childhood of which one somehow never forgets the lyrics, stuck with her.Watch the very interesting videos and get a new lens for your image of how language is learned.



I found this website so inspiring and motivational!  I plan to have a look at the videos whenever I feel like I am getting off track in the area of oral communication.

The purpose of this series of video clips is to engage French as a Second Language teachers in reflective practice on the topic of improving student proficiency in oral French. While the focus is on authentic, spontaneous, and interactive discourse, viewers will be able to note examples of effective practice in FSL instruction in general, including the establishment of a supportive and respectful class environment in which students are risk-takers, implementation of the principles of Growing Success, explicit teaching of metacognitive skills and opportunities to apply higher-order thinking skills. Teachers comment on strategies they have found to be successful in engaging all students, developing learning autonomy, and improving proficiency in French as a Second Language.

The intended audience is teachers of French Immersion, Extended French, and Core French, school and board level administrators, FSL instructional leaders and coaches.


Help for parents with children in French Immersion.

This site supports parents who have children in a “French Immersion” (FI) program and wish to assist them with homework in French. It is also a resource for FI students who require an accessible user friendly reference tool to help with homework. Learners and educators in other FSL programs will also find it helpful.

This website will enrich the FSL learning experience and will engage parents in their child’s journey towards “la francophonie”.
Helpful sections include:

  • audio files in French and English
  • video clips demonstrating instructional strategies
  • a reference guide for specific topics
  • a list of French language learning websites
  • general tips for learning French
    This website, produced by Rainbow District School Board, has been made possible through the financial support of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Le système solaire





This is a great site for studying the solar system for units in Acti-Vie and in the grade 7 On y va! 1 text.  I’ll be using it this week with my Grade 6/7 class  to introduce the unit, Galaxie virtuelle. I was about to go look for my solar system poster and thought, “There must be a decent, easy web site in French out there to introduce the planets.”  Googled it.  And here you have it.


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To hear or record authentic native commentary in several languages.  What a great resource for students to hear native speakers on various, often quite current topics!


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Trilingual (English, French, Spanish) index of expressions with equivalent meanings.  Find an expression in one language and see if there is an equivalent expression in another.  Sentences showing context and usage are also given.  Have students do a scavenger hunt, or an independent writing project using, say, three of the expressions found here.


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JustPaste.it features:

  • paste text directly from word processor or WWW page
  • text formatting (colors!)
  • automatic images import
  • import from MS Word
  • automatic text backup
  • insert video and mathematical formulas
  • export to PDF
    Students can create simple web pages with their own urls and add links to or embed videos, create quizzes for classmates, enter target language content all with the ease of using a word processor! Thanks to Gilles Côté of CASLT for the ideas!

Cybrary Man

This site holds more information for all teachers than you could ever use.  Do some exploring…


Printable Board Games/Flashcards

worldOn the Hello-World website, this is a set of printable board games and flashcards in 52 vocabulary areas from sports to weather to buildings.  Give it a look!

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