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11 March 2004

Free web resources for French

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MMU has set up a new website with free learning and teaching resources for French at GCSE, A-level and undergraduate. has downloadable files to help students use French websites, as well grammar notes and interactive exercises, including nine exciting vocabulary games. A unique verb conjugator creates tests on 3,000 verbs and the site also features message boards, weblinks, worksheets and a resource library,

“It’s a brilliant idea and its proving really motivating with a wide range of classes, “ said one secondary school teacher. “Sixth formers and adults are finding the site an invaluable way to widen their use of the Internet”. was set up by French lecturer Dr Chris Dawson and MMU web designer Derren Wilson, initially for modern languages students at the University.

Said Chris: “These quality resources have been going down well with undergraduates, so we have evolved the site to cater for a whole range of people, from schools and colleges to individual learners.

“The feedback has been coming in from parents, University lecturers and people simply brushing up on their French in their spare time. With the government drive to strengthen language skills among the young, we have also improved the games and interactive elements to help make learning fun.” is approved by the National Grid for Learning (, which means it is of high rigorous technical specification.

The site uses illustrations created by MMU’s acclaimed School of Art & Design

Added Chris, who a senior lecturer in the Department of Information and Communications, added: “The next venture will be to launch the site in other languages. is in pipeline, so watch this space!”

What they said about

- Dear, Used site with my adult French AS group today to practise grammar. They were most impressed. It seems to be coming along leaps and bounds, felicitations! Adult Education Teacher

- Dear, Brilliant idea & it's proving really motivating with a wide range of classes. Year 7 & 8 love the games. Sixth Formers (and adults) are finding the site an invaluable way to widen their use of the net. Your Links really work. Keep it going! Secondary School Teacher

- Dear, Merci beaucoup! Just to you for this fabulous site!! I wish this existed (I wish computer existed!) when I was struggling to learn French many moons ago. Now, forced to help my daughter with her French, I stumbled over your excellent site. Both the grammar itself (64 units) and the fantastic exercise list. Délicieux! - Parent

- It is unusual to find a grammar exercises site which gives rise to such enthusiasm. All of the students found the site to be user-friendly, clearly set out, and comprehensive. Many congratulations! - UK Univerisity lecturer