Cocorico! Wake up your pupils' French with a well-known story. The story, provided in both English and French, is designed to build fluency and help kids progress quickly in French.
"The Little Red Hen" or "La Petite Poule Rousse" is a modern retelling of a classic story in two languages. Learners can read and listen to the story in English and French, switching between languages whenever desired.
- Tap an arrow to start; one sends you to the story in English and the other sends you to the French version
- Drag the drawing to the right or left, or press the arrows to navigate between pages
- Select a specific scene by choosing from the menu along the bottom of the page
- Touch the pen to return to the introduction
- Press the ear to repeat the audio clip
- Tap the speech bubble to toggle between languages
- Pause and restart the recording by touching the speaker
- Adjust volume with the slider
- Return to the beginning of the story by selecting the folder in the top left corner
- The story is made up of nine scenes and is 48 pages long
- Each page is accompanied by colorful illustrations and cheerful narration, both of which reinforce meaning
- French narration is done by a native French speaker and English narration by a native English speaker
Working on French in class? Project the story and read it together! Depending on the level of your learners, you can start off in English or in French, and switch between them whenever necessary.
Have small groups or more advanced individuals read the story on their own. They can practice reading it aloud to one another. For independent practice, pupils can change between languages whenever necessary. This works both ways! If you have a French-speaking student learning English, this story would be a great tool.
Use "The Little Red Hen" as a model for a project. Class members can work to understand the story and then write and illustrate their own children's stories in French. This project would work well with all ages, even all the way through high school.
While this is only one story, and it is meant for kids, Ana Lomba's French for Kids is free and still useful in a class of older pupils.
Sometimes all of the story text does not show up in the text box. You need to scroll the text up to see all of it. Consider demonstrating this so that younger learners do not become frustrated.
One of the functions, represented by a magnifying glass over a book, does not seem to do anything. It opens up a menu of page numbers, but you can't select the pages. This is a minor flaw and does not take away from the functionality of the app overall.
- Story is easy to navigate
- Includes colorful drawings that provide context
- Comes with lively narration that kids will enjoy
- Font might be a bit small for younger readers
- Page is somewhat busy; there is no option to hide any buttons