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activities to help with the learning of certain aspects of French

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The programmes described below are all designed to help with the teaching (and learning) of various aspects of French. Some are available (for use online) only as JavaScript, some are available only as Java Applets, and some are available in both forms. All are available as stand-alone programmes for Windows:if you are interested in having a copy of any of the stand-alone programmes you can get in touch with me by using the Contact Form. You can also use this to contact me to report bugs, make constructive comments, ask for further information, or even suggest ideas for further programmes.

For an explanation of JavaScript and Java Applet, and the advantages and disadvantages of each, see below.

Mots Croisés

Mots Croisés is a programme for doing crosswords. It is supplied with a fairly extensive range of ready-made crosswords, mostly of GCSE standard, on specific themes.

For the JavaScript version, click here.

For the Java Applet version, click here.

Guillotine

Guillotine is a Hangman-type game for learning vocabulary. A clue (in French) is provided for each word.

For the JavaScript version, click here.

For the Java Applet version, click here.

Mémoire is a vocabulary learning game in which you have to match up 30 pictures with their associated words in the shortest possible time. The 30 pictures in each new game are chosen at random from a repertoire of over 130.

For the JavaScript version, click here.

For the Java Applet version, click here.

Heure teaches how to tell the time in French. There is a Test facility where you have to type in the appropriate phrase.

For the Java Applet version, click here.

Nombres practises and tests numbers in French (up to 100). A range of numbers can be chosen, e.g. 1-10, 11-20, 1-100, etc. While learning, numbers can be heard by clicking on them. While testing, numbers have to be either dragged to the appropriate place or typed (selectable). There is also a Loto option (with sound) with various sizes of grid and selectable ranges.

As yet available only as a stand-alone Windows programme.

La Météo offers facilities for learning and testing basic phrases associated with the weather. While learning, the appropriate phrase can be heard by clicking the phrase or its associated picture. Testing is done via either dragging a phrase to its associated picture or typing in the correct phrase.

For the Java Applet version, click here.

Verbes réguliers enables pupils to practice the rules for conjugating regular verbs in all tenses. It makes no pretence to be other than a verb grind. There is a Learn and a Test option. The latter is timed. Verbs are chosen from a list.

For the Java Applet version, click here.

Verbes irréguliers enables pupils to practice conjugating irregular verbs in all tenses. It makes no pretence to be other than a verb grind. There is a Learn and a Test option. The latter is timed. Verbs are chosen from a list. All common irregular verbs are already included. Note that defective verbs are not catered for.

For the Java Applet version, click here.

Trous is basically a programme which takes a specially prepared text file and creates a Cloze-type exercise from it. The uses to which it can be put are varied, but in each case it involves the user typing in missing words in order to reconstitute the original text as accurately as possible.

As yet available only as a stand-alone Windows programme.

Last updated: 17th May 2015


JavaScript

JavaScript is a stripped-down programming language built in to your web browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Opera, Firefox, etc.). Although it is an integral part of your browser, there is usually an option to disable it. If you wish to use these JavaScript programmes, you should make sure that support for JavaScript is turned on.

A major disadvantage of JavaScript is that it is not implemented in the same way in all browsers or in all versions. These JavaScript programmes were developed in version 6 of Internet Explorer and version 8.1 of Netscape Navigator. They are not guaranteed to work in other browsers or in earlier versions.

Java

Java is a full-featured programming language which can be used to programme full applications or mini-applications (Java Applets) designed to be embedded in web pages. Java is not an integral part of your web browser: you have to install support for it and make sure this support is enabled in your browser. The Java Run-Time Environment (JRE) is available free from the Sun website.

If you have support for Java installed and enabled on your computer, you are recommended to use this option since it generally allows more features to be included in programmes. Note, however, that there is usually a delay while the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) initialises itself if it has not already been initialised during the current session.
N.B. The latest security features of Java mean you will have to authorise your browser to run Java Applets fom this web page . To do so, run the Java Control Panel (from the Control Panel), select the Security tab and add the web address http://www.coindefrance.org.uk to the Exception Site List.