CPF is Canadian Parents for French educational opportunities, a non-profit volunteer based organization. For more information about CPF see our web site at  http://www.cpf.ca

CPF LIST OF POPULAR FRENCH SOFTWARE

0020.    List Of Popular French Software

See CPF French Internet Address List sections
0280. French Computer Related (for sources)
0290. French Accents On An English Computer Keyboard
0310. French Software Related

Note - There is a summary of French software used in an early French immersion K to 7 school that may be of interest, see
 http://www.geocities.com/qpac1999/PAC-Committee-Info-Computers-Software.html

 http://www.esrb.org/
ESRB, Entertainment Software Rating Board, also offers ratings and content descriptors for Internet products(websites, online games, and chat)

 http://www.telusplanet.net/public/dddware/chaise/
Canadian CD-ROM La chaise berçante, for teaching French, beginner to
advanced level. It is based on the award-winning Canadian short movie CRAC!
by Frédérick Back.

 http://www.rosettastone.com
The Rosetta Stone is  a global language resource, offering immersion instruction in 25 languages.  The
program is used in 10,000 schools and colleges and is found in over 100 countries.
French is currently available in two Levels, each offering 300 hours of
instruction.  A third Level is in development.
A free demo CD is available for the Rosetta Stone.
Canadian contact:
Fairfield Language Technologies
PO Box 38586, Metro RPO
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3N1
Phone toll-free 800-788-0822 ext. 3714
Fax 604-988-2447
E-mail bsellstedt@rosettastone.com

 http://www.softwareforlanguages.com/
Multimedia software produced in Canada by Canadian teachers: French, Bit By Bit: Le Passé AND French, Bit By Bit Multimedia.

 http://www.early-advantage.com/
MUZZY, the award winning BBC language course for children.
                        'Celebrated in 40 countries, used in national
                        curriculum, and presented at Harvard, MUZZY is a
                        masterpiece for children. It's engaging, it's fun and
                        it works.
                        MUZZY creates a total learning environment using a
                        brilliant mix of multimedia, including videos,
                        audiocassettes, and a CD-ROM. Combine this with
                        the scientific fact that during childhood the human
                        brain is naturally predisposed to learning
                        languages and your child can't help but succeed.'

 http://www.tceplus.com/
The Canadian Encyclopedia World Edition bilingual from McClelland & Stewart was available in French for the first time in autumn '99.Note: A French immersion student using an English encyclopedia tends to use his/her existing French vocabulary to translate information. Using a French encyclopedia tends to expand the student’s French vocabulary.
 
 

http://www.microsoft.com/france/microsoft.asp
  Information about the French part of software company 'Microsoft'

  http://www.microsoft.com/france/products/default.asp
  List of French educational software from Microsoft

       Some software from Microsoft:

            http://www.microsoft.com/encarta/fr/
            Encyclopédie Microsoft Encarta 98 CD pour Windows
            The computer encyclopedia Encarta was available in French in ‘97 for the first time.
            Note: A French immersion student using an English encyclopedia tends to use his/her
            existing French vocabulary to translate information. Using a French encyclopedia
            tends to expand the student’s French vocabulary.
            (used in an early F.I. library)

            http://www.microsoft.com/france/products/prodref/206_ov.htm
           MS Explorer Internet browser software is available in French, with a French search engine called
            Nomade, see  http://www.nomade.fr ,
            for other French search engines see section 0330. French Internet Search Engines

            Microsoft Le Bus Magique - explore le Système Solaire CD pour Windows (discontinued, is
            available for loan from some public libraries, i.e. The Vancouver Public Library, see below)
            Study of the solar system is part of some grade 3 education goals.
           (used in a grade 3 100% French F.I. classroom)

            Microsoft Le Bus Magique - explore l’Océan CD pour Windows

            Microsoft Le Bus Magique - explore le Corps Humain CD pour Windows

            http://www.microsoft.com/france/products/prodref/568_ov.htm
            Microsoft Works (in french) pour Windows
               includes - traitement de texte (word processor) with French spell checker
                            - tableur (spreadsheet to charts)
                            - base de données (database)

                (Note - L. Wright, CPF, has instructions in English for volunteers to help elementary students
                use the French Microsoft Works 1. Word  Processor, 2. Spreadsheet to Pie Charts and
                3. Database
                SEE  http://www.geocities.com/qpac1999/PAC-Com-Info-Computers-Handbook-FI-3.html   )

                (Note - L. Wright, CPF, has instructions in English for volunteers to help elementary students
                use Microsoft Works Word Processor to do French projects
                SEE  http://www.geocities.com/qpac1999/PAC-Committee-Info-Computers-Projects.html
               FI Grade 2 Project #1 and # 3, FI Grade 3 Project #1 )

                (Note - L. Wright, CPF, has instructions in English for volunteers to help elementary students
                use Microsoft Works spreadsheet to pie chart to do a French project
                SEE  http://www.geocities.com/qpac1999/PAC-Committee-Info-Computers-Projects.html
               FI Grade 3 Project #2 )

           Note: The English word processor MS Word 2000 that is part of MS Office 2000 has
           spell checkers included for about 36 languages, including French.

            http://www.alki.com
             http://proofing.com/
             links to French spellcheckers/proofing for Microsoft word processors like MS Word 97

  http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2000/viskeyboard.aspx
Microsoft Office version 2000 and more recent have the ability to download to their system the
Visual Keyboard Microsoft Office Tool. The above link is to the download for this Microsoft Office tool.
Once installed, to activate the tool, in Windows, click on `Start`, then click on `Programs`, then scroll to
'Microsoft Office Tools', then click on 'Microsoft Visual Keyboard'. When you change the language by clicking on the language key for your keyboard in the Windows task bar (if your system does not have this, see below for a link on how to do this), the language of the Visual Keyboard changes. When you click on the visual key board's shift key, you see what the shift key differences are.
ie. the key board shows:
    - the English ' / '  key has become the French ' é ' key
    - the English single apostrophe key has become the key to press before the letter that needs
      "l'accent grave" like ' è '
    - the English ' { ' key has become the key to press before the letter that needs "l'accent circonflexe" like ' ô '
    - the English ' ] ' key has become the key to press before the letter that needs "l'accent cédille" like ' ç '
    - the English shift and ' } ' key have become the keys to press before the letter that needs
      "l'accent tréma" like ' ë ' (as of April 2002, not shown on visual keyboard)
and if you click on the shift key the keyboard shows:
    - the ' / ' that became ' é ' is now at shift ' 3 '
    - the ' ? ' that was used in ' é ' is now at shift ' 6 '
    - the single apostrophe key that became ' è ' is now at shift ' , '
    - the ' " ' that was used in ' è ' is now at shift ' . '
    - the ' @ ' is now done by pressing the right ' alt ' and the ' 2 ' (as of April 2002, not shown on visual keyboard)

Alternatively, if you would like a chart of the French Keys that includes "l'accent tréma" and "@" (or you do not have Microsoft Office 2000 or more recent) you can display the following web page on your system and maximize and minimize it as needed:
http://members.shaw.ca/cpf99/CPF-FIAL-0291-Fr-Accents-English-Keys-PC-Chart.html

For how to add the ability to your system 'to switch your English keyboard from English to French' see:
http://members.shaw.ca/cpf99/CPF-FIAL-0290-Fr-Accents-English-Keyboard.html
 

 


 
http://www.ubisoft.fr/educatif/broderbund/broderbund.html
 Information on the French part of software company 'Broderbund' and a list of their software

       Some French software from Broderbund:

            http://www.ubisoft.fr/educatif/broderbund/mathmagi/mathmagi.html
            (site discontinued or moved)
                Mathémagique CD (WINDOWS & MAC)
                - this European software checks for the Windows language on installation and
                 sets the default language of the software to the same (so the French package
                 CD-ROM installs as English on English Windows and then you must use ctrl F
                 to switch to French per the instruction book)
                (used in a grade 2 100% French F. I. classroom)
 


 
French educational software is available from The Learning Company
  http://www.learningco.com/fr/
OR
 http://www.tlc-edusoft.fr
called TLC-EDUSOFT (Toute La Connaissance) in France
  In Canada, contact for information is,
  Softkey Canada
  Informatrix
  1120, rue Cherbourg
  Case Postale 2300
  SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC, J1H 5N7

       Some French software from TLC-Edusoft (The Learning Company):

        go to
        http://www.tlc-edusoft.fr/frame/default.asp
        click on "Apprendre"

                    click on
                    'Lapin Malin'
                    click on
                    ‘Voyage Interactif au Pays de la Lecture’ (5-7 ans)
                    Includes stories read in French to student and option for student
                   to record and listen to his/herself reading the stories.
                    CD pour Windows
                     (Note - L. Wright, CPF, has instructions in English for volunteers to help elementary students
                use the French ‘Voyage Interactif au Pays de la Lecture’
                SEE  http://www.geocities.com/qpac1999/PAC-Committee-Info-Computers-Projects.html
                FI Kindergarten Project #2 )

                     or click on
                    'Lapin Malin'
                    click on
                    ‘LAPIN MALIN - Maternelle 3’ (5-6 ans)
          
with French audio,
                     Pour préparer son entrée à l'école et se familiariser avec la lecture et le calcul
                    CD pour Windows

                    or click on
                    'Graines de Génie'
                    click on
                    ‘Francais et Maths Avec Jonathan’ CM1 (9-10ans) Graines de Genie
                    CD pour Windows
                    Covers French language arts, math and many more subjects. Includes study of i.e. the digestive
                    system and circulatory system of the human body, which is part of some grade 4 education goals.
                    (used in a grade 4 50% French, 50% English, F.I. classroom)

                    or click on
                    ‘L’Encyclopedie Generale’ Compton’s
                    CD pour Windows
                    The computer encyclopedia Compton's was available in French in Autumn ‘98 for the
                    first time.
                    Note: A French immersion student using an English encyclopedia tends to use his/her
                    existing French vocabulary to translate information. Using a French encyclopedia
                    tends to expand the student’s French vocabulary.
                    (as of October 2001, this link to "L' Encyclopédie Générale 99" no longer works.
                   Note this message in French on their web site about the company changing name:
                   The Learning Company France change de nom et devient Mindscape France,
                    distributeur exclusif de The Learning Company.
                   A ce titre, nous sommes en charge de la distribution des cédéroms du
                   groupe The Learning Company dans tous les pays francophones.)
 

                    or click on
                    ‘Atlas Mondial’ Compton’s'
                   CD pour Windows
                    (as of October 2001, this link to "Atlas Mondial’ Compton’s" no longer works.
                   Note this message in French on their web site about the company changing name:
                   The Learning Company France change de nom et devient Mindscape France,
                    distributeur exclusif de The Learning Company.
                   A ce titre, nous sommes en charge de la distribution des cédéroms du
                   groupe The Learning Company dans tous les pays francophones.)

                    or click on
                    'par l'expérience'
                    click on
                    'Mais où se cache Carmen Sandiego ?'
                    Carmen SanDiego  (in French) CD (WINDOWS & MAC)
                - this software comes as a European version with three languages on one
                 CD-ROM (English, French & German), this is helpful for French immersion
                  parents who speak English and not French and want to help with their
                 children’s software
               - this European software checks for the Windows language on installation and
                 sets the default language of the software to the same (so the French package
                 CD-ROM installs as English on English Windows and to have the program run
                   in French you go on your Windows 98 desktop to 'My Computer', then to
                   'Control Panel', then to 'Regional Settings', then change the setting to
                    French Canada from English Canada)

                    or click on
                    'par l'expérience'
                    click on
                    'L'Odyssée des Zoombinis'
                 L'Odyssée des Zoombinis, A la découverte de la logique
                CD (WINDOWS&MAC)
               - promotes logical thinking (related to computer technology)
               - this software comes as a European version with three languages on one
                 CD-ROM (English, French & German), this is helpful for French immersion
                  parents who speak English and not French and want to help with their
                 children’s software
               - this European software checks for the Windows language on installation and
                 sets the default language of the software to the same (so the French package
                 CD-ROM installs as English on English Windows and then you must use ctrl F
                 to switch to French per the instruction book)
                    - if on installation you get the error message 'unable to initialize graphics', you need to go
                     on your Windows 98 desktop to 'My Computer', then to
                   'Control Panel', then to 'Display', then to 'Settings' then set colour to 256.
                  (used in a grade 3 100% French F.I. classroom)

                    or click on
                    'par l'expérience'
                    click on
                    'Créateur Junior Kid Pix'
                 Kidpix Studio (in French) CD (WINDOWS & MAC)
                 - graphic designing (can draw a picture and write about the picture)
                 - multimedia explorations
                (Note - L. Wright, CPF, has instructions in English for volunteers to help elementary students
                use the English KIDPIX to do French projects
                SEE  http://www.geocities.com/qpac1999/PAC-Committee-Info-Computers-Projects.html
                FI Kindergarten Project #1, FI Grade One Project #1 and #2 )

                    or click on
                    ‘Le corps Humain'
                    CD pour Windows

        go to
        http://www.tlc-edusoft.fr/frame/default.asp
        click on "Jouer"

                click on
                'Myst'

 http://www.broderbund.com/Product.asp?OID=4150154&SC=1105647&CID=152
Learn to Speak™ French 8.1 from Broderbund via The Learning Company (English companies)
(replaces Practice Makes Perfect™ French v 1.0)

SYSTÈME SOLAIRE (LE)
CLIC-INFO
Année d'édition : 1999
Auteur :
N° de produit : DID-1480-CD
ISBN : 2081609843
CD-ROM hybride PC/MAC et livre
Pour plonger à l'intérieur d'une comète, revoir la conquête de l'espace, visiter la navette
spatiale, etc. 15 heures de distraction, des activités éducatives, des jeux, des énigmes et
un livre plein de récits, de photos, de schémas.
Configuration minimale requise
PC : Pentium, Windows 95, 8 Mo RAM, écran SVGA, carte son, haut-parleurs, lecteur de cédérom 4x
MAC : 68040, système 7.0, 8 Mo RAM, affichage couleur 640 sur 480, lecteur de cédérom 4x
8 à 13 ans
 
 AdiBou  4-5 Years Kindergarten
 AdiBou  4-77 Years Je lis, je calcule
 AdiBou  6-7 Years Grade 1&2
             I.C.E. Multimedia / Coktel Interactive 
 Windows/Macintosh 
A software retailer advises 'These new titles come from Europe and are exceptional. Although they are priced higher than a typical Jumpstart or Reader Rabbit, we believe they are well worth the investment.  We have had rave reviews from many immersion teachers and parents alike…due to the exceptional quality of the French exercises. For Kindergarten level, the 4 & 5 years title covers numbers, counting, sets . For reading, phonetic sounds, syllables are covered. In 6 & 7 years, students will learn math computation, and reading. Adibou is full of music, cartoons and fun activities that make the program relevant and fun for students.'

Adi  French and Math Grade 3,4,5,or 6 
(separate program for each grade)
Windows /Macintosh
A software retailer advises 'ADI is the older sibling of Adibou. The same high quality content goes into these programs, but exercises and puzzles use more mature characters and graphics. Students cover grammar, verb conjugation, comprehension, vocabulary..plus math, weights, measures, geometry etc. Kids really enjoy the great graphics, sound and quirky characters. We usually recommend that  parents  select one grade level below their children’s actual grade, as these titles assume students have been raised in French.' 


 
From  Kutoka Interactive, CD-ROM for Windows or Mac

http://www.kutoka.com

Mia - Juste à temps! / Mia - Just in Time! (Math) 

Mia - Le mystère du chapeau perdu / Mia - Romaine's New Hat (Science) 

Mia - Un périlleux périple pour sauver mamie Mimi / Mia - The Search for Grandma's Remedy (Reading) 

 http://www.lcsi.ca
Information about LCSI software for children developed by educators from MIT. Included are for older children, 'MicroWorlds Logo' (French version 'MicroMondes' available summer '99), and for younger children, 'My Make Believe Castle' (French version 'Mon Chateaux Imaginaire' was available - has been discontinued). These products let students learn through exploration, creation and construction. They develop: Imagination/Creativity, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.
(Note - L. Wright, CPF, has instructions in English for volunteers to help elementary students use 
'My Make Believe Castle'  to create/program their own drama like story, including recording their own voices speaking French for the characters. As the software is mostly icon based the fact that it is not a French version is not a significant problem.
SEE  http://www.geocities.com/qpac1999/PAC-Committee-Info-Computers-Projects.html
FI Grade 2 Project #2 )

Auteur Studio Deluxe CD pour WINDOWS
   - by MECC and IONA SOFTWARE LTD, IRELAND
   - like the english ‘story weaver’
   - child friendly word processor (with graphics and music)

Kid Works 2 by Davidson,
writing with graphics and story read in French (?child records self reading and plays back)
-child friendly word processor (with graphics and music)
-attempts to integrate writing and reading
-do not know if there is the option for students to graphic designing like in KidPix

Le Visuel Dictionnaire multimedia CD (WINDOWS&MAC)

Les Bases du Français (series of 4) CD (WINDOWS&MAC)
   - by Aborescence
   - grammar
A source for these is, go to  http://livres-disques.franco.ca
click on 'Cédéroms', then click on 'Pour ados'

Orthographe plus
    - spelling
A source for this is, go to  http://www.cforp.on.ca/FRAMES/CATLOG_F.HTM
scroll down and click on 'Francais,orthographe,5-8 ans', then click on 'Orthographe plus'

http://www.frenchgrammar.ca/adriver.htm

Let`s Discover - Planets (in french)

Let`s Discover - France (in french)

Putt Putt (in french) CD pour Windows

Freddy Fish (in french - Marine Malice) CD pour Windows

Tap’Touche (WINDOWS & MAC)
 - learn to type (key)

Tapez dans le Mille (All the Right Type) teaches keyboard skills and drills in French.
Available from Ingenuity Works.

 Les Trésors Canadiens - Un voyage interactif parcourant notre patrimonie canadien!
From Ingenuity Works, Inc.  http://www.ingenuityworks.com
with information from National Archives of Canada

Aventure Canada CD (WINDOWS & MAC)
from Virtual Reality in Richmond, B.C.
(Ingenuity Works also list an Adventure Canada)
(used in a grade 3 100% FRench F.I. classroom)

Encyclopédie Hachette Multimedia CD pour Windows
The computer encyclopedia Hachette was available in French in Spring ‘98 for the first time.
Note: A French immersion student using an English encyclopedia tends to use his/her
existing French vocabulary to translate information. Using a French encyclopedia
 tends to expand the student’s French vocabulary.
 http://www2.fnac.fr/ search logiciels & jeux for ‘Encyclopédie Hachette’
  Riche de son expérience dans les encyclopédies ‘Papier’, Hachette lance enfin  sa première
  encyclopédie numérique, entièrement développée en France par des ‘spécialistes maison’.

Larousse Multimdia Encyclopédie
   - by Havas Interactive

Comment ça marche CD pour WINDOWS
   - by Havas Interactive

Larousse Encyclopédie des sciences CD pour Windows

Larousse Encyclopédie de l'Espace & de l'Univers CD pour Windows
 Study of space is part of some grade 6 education goals
(used in a grade 6 50% French, 50% English, F.I. classroom)

Encyclopedie du corps humain CD pour Windows

Ma Premiere Encyclopédie CD pour Windows

Mon Premier Dictionnaire CD (WINDOWS&MAC)

Trivial Pursuit (in French) CD pour Windows
  available for purchase from FNAC, (in online shopping section),
  http://www.fnac.fr then click on ‘Accès direct aux catalogues - cédéroms’,
  then enter ‘Trivial Pursuit’ as ‘Titre’, then click on ‘Rechercher’

Monopoly (in French) CD pour Windows
   - by Virgin

Stampville/Timbreville from Canada Post, produced by the Canadian Museum of
Civilization. It’s a totally bilingual game (which makes it great for school computer
use and parents of F.I. students) or you can select the language of preference at the
start for a unilingual game. Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and MAC

Sim City

Spy Fox

Lego Creator French

My First Amazing Atlas

Story Books CD (WINDOWS & MAC)

   Harry et la Maison Hanté

   Le Lièvre et la tortue

   Grand-mère et Moi

   Toy Story (in French)

   Dragor le Dragon

   Arthur (in french) 

http://www.gallimard.fr/multimedia/html/PP.html
http://www.gallimard.fr/catalog/Html/event/saint-ex.htm
Le Petit Prince par Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Éditions Gallimard

 http://www.softissimo.com/index-f.htm
Softissimo, a French company that specializes in translation dictionaries,
                  produces the Collins Electronic Bilingual Dictionary.
                  The dictionary contains the latest version of the Robert Collins French dictionary,
                  one of the most well known of all. With over 480,000 translations French-English
                  or English-French translations, this software will provide answers to most
                  questions a student would have.

Tell Me More - software to learn to speak French

Kidspeak French
by Transparent Language
Windows/Macintosh
- a vocabulary program
http://www.transparent.com

Before You Know It
http://www.byki.com/free_lang_software.pl
free French language software online: it’s an enhanced flash card program called “Before You Know It” that uses rote leaning to teach vocabulary.
From Transparent Language
http://www.transparent.com


 http://www.unesco.org/education/index_fr.shtml
 « Citoyenneté » : un cédérom pour les
    classes
    L'UNESCO a édité un cédérom trilingue gratuit
    (anglais-français-espagnol), destiné aux
    enseignants des niveaux pré-élémentaire et
    élémentaire. Il comprend un glossaire, une
    bibliographie, une sélection de déclarations,
    recommandations et conventions adoptées par
    la communauté internationale, six guides
    méthodologiques pour aborder l'éducation à la
    citoyenneté au sein de la classe, des activités
    d'apprentissage et une sélection de vidéos.

 http://www.csmoiee.qc.ca/neurox/
Neurox : à la découverte des carrières de l’électricité et de l’électronique.
Le jeu multimédia interactif Énergise-toi avec Neurox sera distribué cet automne dans le réseau scolaire québécois. Il vise à initier les jeunes au secteur de l’industrie électrique et électronique et à découvrir les possibilités de carrière qui s’y rattachent.
Produit par le Conseil de développement du loisir scientifique (CDLS), Hydro-Québec et le Comité sectoriel de la main-d’œuvre de l’industrie électrique et électronique (CSMOIÉÉ), le jeu Neurox facilitera la tâche aux enseignants de sciences physiques et aux intervenants en choix de carrière. En effet, il permet de réviser des concepts théoriques appartenant à ces domaines, tout en faisant découvrir les possibilités d’emploi qui y sont rattachées.
Le secteur de l’électricité compte présentement 11 000 emplois au Québec et offre des choix de carrières avec des conditions de travail enviables et des perspectives d’emploi intéressantes. Selon Jean-Luc Chabot, directeur Relève et développement chez Hydro-Québec, « il y a un avenir très prometteur pour les jeunes qui s’orienteront vers les carrières scientifiques et techniques. »
Parmi les carrières dont il est question, soulignons ingénieur civil, ingénieur électrique, ingénieur mécanique, monteur de pièces, représentant technique, technicien d’automatismes, etc.
La clientèle cible est composée des élèves de 4e année du secondaire. Le jeu est réalisé en 3D et fonctionne avec un ordinateur de type PC seulement, Pentium III ou plus.

 http://users.skynet.be/ameurant/francinfo/correcteur/correcteur.html
By a French Technology Commission, about French software for editing French and for learning French.
Commission "Français et Informatique"
Logiciels correcteurs et enseignement du français

French Your Way

French for Success

Note: Some Public Libraries have French computer software for loan,
i.e.  The Vancouver Public Library
  http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/general/catalog.html

http://www.cybernoel.ca/
Link to download of free demonstration software with noel theme.

http://www.alatrace.fr/
Lémo : Les bases de la lecture  -- un environnement plurimédia ludo-éducatif pour les enfants, centré sur l'apprentissage des bases du code écrit français.

http://gis.esri.com/intldist/country.cfm
ESRI Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, distributor in France. They have software available for schools to use.


http://www.bogglenoggin.com
Literacy software for emerging readers, ages 3-9. Includes some French stories.


NOTE: The software listed here does not reflect CPF's views or opinions. CPF is not responsible for the content of any of the software and does not endorse the provider of the software or any other product it offers.

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