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Modern Languages & Literatures

Library Resource Guide

Library Highlights

The materials listed below are only SOME of the MANY available resources to Cal State East Bay affiliates via the University Libraries. Depending on the format (i.e. video, book, article), some materials might be available to access for free online via the library's streaming subscriptions, or you can borrow/check-out the item for free. Find course materials in the Course Reserves list.

Learning the Language Resources

French in Action - Series of instructional French videos following an American student in Paris. Produced by Yale in 1987.

Radio Lingua Network: French - French podcasts at the beginner to intermediate level. "Coffee Break French" is particularly popular.

Français interactif - Interactive textbook and grammar book from the University of Texas at Austin.

Foreign Service Institute: French Basic Course - Audio course designed by the US Foreign Service Institute to help diplomats attain conversational proficiency.

Ma France - BBC-sponsored video course for intermediate students.

Open Culture: Learn French for Free - Collection of audio-visual French lessons

Radio France Internationale: Learn French - Check out "The News in Simple French" for their simplified broadcast (with transcript!).

TED Talks in French - These videos are frequently accompanied by transcripts in French and English.

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Free First-Year French Textbooks

Getting Started

These sites are portals or gateways to French resources.
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