Our FSL collection of eBooks is designed to accompany additional resources being used in upper primary and middle school classrooms and links to common themes being covered in the classroom, as well as covering cultural aspects of life in Canada, France, Martinique and Senegal. Often, school textbooks offer a variety of vocabulary and grammar activities, but lack suitable reading material for students who are beginning to learn French. Our series aims to provide this reading material so that students can practice conversational vocabulary being taught in the classroom in a short book format, thus consolidating learnings in the classroom. Each eBook also comes with audio buttons so that students can listen to the stories independently and in group settings. Our free online eBooks can be viewed on any device with Internet, and can also be displayed on SMART Boards for group lessons. eBooks are also available in a printable PDF version.
The eBooks are divided into 3 different levels, and follow the lives of Marc Gagnon and his cousin Julie Pelletier. Each level introduces new vocabulary and additional grammar. Also, within each level, two types of books are provided:
a) Reading Comprehension: The reading comprehension books are written from the perspective of either Marc Gagnon or Julie Pelletier. They are intended for students to learn how to describe themselves, their interests, their family lives and their native countries. Some of the books are also written in email or letter format. Each level also includes reading comprehension books that address different aspects of the following countries: Canada, France, Martinique and Senegal – climate, geography, food, activities, cultural celebrations, etc.
b) Conversational: The conversational books are written in dialogue format so that students can practice reading conversations and see how the vocabulary being taught fits in the context of real life.
Beginner: The beginner series of thematic eBooks focus on a 16-year-old boy named Marc Gagnon. Your students will be introduced to Marc’s family, friends, and school life. Your students will also learn about what there is to see and do in the City of Montreal and the province of Quebec, in Canada.
Themes Covered: About me, Activities, Friends, Family, Interests, School, School Supplies, Shopping, Seasons, Making Plans, Quebec
Grammar Covered: Present Tense, Asking Questions, Adjectives, Adjectival agreements, Singular/Plural Nouns, Definite/Indefinite Articles, Negative Expressions, Near Future Tense, Prepositions
Intermediate: In the beginner series, Marc introduced his cousin Julie who lives in Paris, France. The intermediate thematic eBooks explore Julie's life and interests as she shops, runs errands, and dines in Paris.
Themes Covered: About me, Activities, Friends, Family, Interests, Clothing, Food, Home, Chores, Making Plans, Shopping, France.
Grammar Covered: Present Tense, Near Future Tense, Compound Past Tense, Adverbs, Prepositions, Partitive Articles, Adjectives, Adjectival Agreement, Asking Questions, Definite/Indefinite articles, Object Pronouns.
Advanced: In the advanced level series, both Julie and Marc embark on separate adventures. Julie, along with her two best friends Alexandre and Pauline, travel to Martinique during the Christmas break. Julie returns from her trip in time to celebrate the New Year with her family in Paris. Marc has enrolled in an exchange program and spends a semester in Dakar, Senegal. During this time he makes new friends, travels, and learns about the Senegalese people.
Themes Covered: Travel, Transportation, Hotel, Holidays, Family, Friends, Food, Celebrations, Shopping, Tourism, Weather, School, Health, Interests, Camping, Daily Routines, Technology, Martinique, and Senegal.
Grammar Covered: Present Tense (regular/irregular verbs), Near Future Tense, Compound Past Tense, Imperfect Tense, Simple Future Tense, Subjunctive Tense, Adjectives, Prepositions, Singular/Plural Nouns, Object pronouns, Time expressions, Asking Questions, Definite/Indefinite Articles, Reflexive Pronouns, Verbs, and Adverbs.
From our FSL Printables section, you may purchase worksheets, lesson plans and assessments that can be downloaded and printed. Certain programs, such as Page Marker, Web Paint and Microsoft Edge, will allow students to type directly on the worksheets and print them out.
Literature Circles Program:
You may also purchase our Literature Circles program from our FSL Printables section, which includes:
To learn more about how to use Literature Circles in your second language classroom, and the benefits for your students, please view our presentation.