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Caroline - et l'Express

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Caroline is an international business student with an interest in journalism. In this video, she talks to us about one of her school projects, which involved writing a supplement for the French magazine L'Express.

Grand Lille TV - Des animaux pour égayer le quotidien des enfants handicapés View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Meet Françoise, a social worker specializing in animal mediation. She visits children with developmental disabilities and introduces them to her four-legged friends. Health management students Noémie and Clémence work alongside Françoise and enjoy seeing the children flourish.

Interviews à Central Park - Discussion politique View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

We’re back in Central Park! This time, French teens Barbara and Lorraine discuss politics, including the recent controversial Contrat Première Embauche and President Nicolas Sarkozy. (Love him or leave him? The girls don’t quite agree…)

Joanna - Son appartement View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Joanna shows us her tiny but surprisingly compact apartment. Her kitchen fits in a cupboard, and she has to climb a ladder to her cozy bedroom.

Joanna - Son quartier View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Joanna is proud to show us her neighborhood. Follow her around her new apartment, her favorite bar, the pretty little garden where children love to play, and learn some useful everyday vocabulary.

Le Journal - Le bac View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Students taking the baccalaureate exam must complete an essay, choosing amongst several possible philosophical and political themes. France 2 talks with some students about the experience, and asks some prominent politicians what they might have written if presented with the same task.

Le Journal - Le baccalauréat - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Meet a group of students as they prepare to take their baccalaureate test, a rite of passage for young French people on the cusp of adulthood. It can be a stressful time, but the students are pacing themselves well.

Le Journal - Le baccalauréat - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Like the SATs for Americans, or A level in the UK, the baccalauréat exam, or le bac, creates more than its fair share of stress in students, especially on the day when they find out the results, the culmination of an entire school career. Students meet outside the school where exam results are posted, and share the emotion of knowing whether they and their friends succeeded or not.

Le Journal - Baisers interdits dans les couloirs! View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

As a gift to journalists looking for a tongue-in-cheek story, French schools have banned kissing. Students ask, “Where’s the harm?”

Le Journal - École de pilotage View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Ten months of training go into learning to fly a helicopter, but less time is being spent aloft. More and more flight hours are logged in a hyper-realistic simulator that allows young pilots to hone their skills without ever leaving the earth.

Le Journal - L'enseignement du chinois au lycée View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

The number of French students interested in studying Chinese has soared in French high schools in the last ten years. Though it is currently offered mostly by elite schools, the French government hopes to make it more accessible to all schools in years to come.

Le Journal - Manuels scolaires View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Does your textbook ever seem more confusing than enlightening, more wrong than right? A recent study showed that some French textbooks could use a little fact-checking.

Le Québec parle - aux Français - Part 1 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

Canada

In the first episode of this documentary on Quebec, a young Frenchman shares his impressions on Canada. As the interviewees in the film demonstrate, the Quebecois have conflicting attitudes toward the French—some see them as "snobs," while others see them as just "polite."

Le Québec parle - aux Français - Part 2 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

Canada

In the second episode of "Le Québec parle aux Français," we learn more about the complex relationship between the French and the Quebecois throughout history. We also learn about the evolution of the French language in Quebec—according to a former Prime Minister of Quebec, the province even "spoke French before France"!

Le Québec parle - aux Français - Part 3 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

Canada

The situation of the French language in Quebec is controversial and complex. Montreal was an English-speaking city until 1920, and it wasn't until the passage of Law 101 in 1977 that French became the official language of Quebec. According to some of the interviewees in this video, Québécois French is in a precarious position once again, with municipal signage and corporate names in Montreal reverting to English, as well as shopkeepers who refuse to speak French.

Le Québec parle - aux Français - Part 4 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

Canada, France

One might think that the push to remove anglicisms from the French language would be stronger in France, but the larger movement to "purify" French is actually happening in Quebec. Many Québécois worry that the French language is endangered in Canada, and the Quebec government has taken measures to preserve it by inventing new words instead of borrowing from English. That's why an email is still un email in France, but un courriel in Quebec.

Le Québec parle - aux Français - Part 5 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

Canada, France

French Canada is a cultural mosaic that is still exploring its identity. Some French Canadians feel more American than French, while others feel more of an allegiance to their French roots. Somehow, a Quebecois nation is emerging out of all this, but not without some growing pains.

Le Québec parle - aux Français - Part 6 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

Canada, France

In part 6 of "Le Québec parle aux Français," the interviewees compare and contrast the immigrant situation in France and Quebec. France, being a smaller country, creates additional pressure for immigrants, while in Quebec, immigrants do rather well. Later, Olivier treats us to a little song he wrote himself.

Le Québec parle - aux Français - Part 7 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

Canada, France

In part seven of this series on Quebec, Olivier focuses on something that is dear to the hearts of many Québécois: the majestic Saint Lawrence River. He also explores their relationship with money and the way they conduct business. Olivier asks whether it's easier to do business in Quebec or in France. Quebec, it seems, offers more opportunities for companies, with fewer regulations and restrictions, while France remains a very productive country despite the thirty-five-hour workweek.

Le Québec parle - aux Français - Part 8 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Canada, France

In part 8 of "Le Québec parle aux Français," Olivier discusses the cost of maintaining a high standard of living. Is France living beyond its means? Heavy taxation and full employment would go some way toward balancing the national budget and covering the cost of welfare programs.

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