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French in Action

Reviews and Awards


New York Post
April 1989

"A blackboard is never on camera. Instead, the storyline is illustrated with clips from French films, TV shows, cartoons, and drawings, each designed to help viewers learn the language. These programs certainly save you airline tickets. It's the next best thing to being there."

U.S. News and World Report, Washington, DC
May 1990

"Seeing people communicate in a cultural context, using facial expressions and gestures, aids language learning. The best videos show native speakers filmed on location speaking at a natural pace. After each scene in French in Action Yale Professor Pierre Capretz reviews grammar and vocabulary entirely in French, an 'immersion' method that forces you to learn language much as a child does."

The Washington Post
February 1990

"One of my favorite TV shows -- French in Action has caught on like wild fire since its inception. Dozens of public stations show it, and hundreds of universities use it as their basic French curriculum. I first became an addict one year ago while flicking through the public TV offerings."


Association for Educational Communications and Technology Division of Instructional Development
1988 Honorable Mention Award

Birmingham International Educational Film Festival
1988 Certificate of Recognition in Language Arts

International Film and TV Festival of New York
1988 Silver Medal

National Educational Film and Video Festival
1987 Silver Apple Award for "Encounters"

Ohio State Award
1988 Achievement of Merit Award


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