Teaching/learning French? You definitely need resources. Using just textbooks and textbook CDs is so limiting compared with the myriad of options available on the Internet. But you may not have time to look for them. I am here to help you.
Today I am going to share with you an amazing app coming with great audio content:
French Songs and French audio podcasts & SPOTIFY
An outstanding selection of 500 French songs. Listen online in a class or download an app (Spotify) to your computer or any other device. Amazing! The benefit of downloading the app is the karaoke version of all french songs. Even more Amazing, isn’t it?
Spotify (www.spotify.com) is the most awesome and biggest online song database of any kind for free. You can listen in via your browser or you can download the app to your computer or any other device. Browsing songs and playlists is very easy. Frankly, I am not listening to any radio stations these days, I am just going to Spotify and listening to anything I want, whenever I want, and for free. But let’s focus on education.
How to listen to 500 French songs online?
1 – in your class, click on this link and play any song you want for your students:
Note that with no registration there are only 200 songs available for you. Sign up for Spotify (totally free) and get all 500 songs:
Downloading an app – How to have the karaoke version and save my favorite playlists?
2 – the best way to benefit from Spotify is to download the app to your computer (or any other device):
The benefits you can get from downloading:
- browsing playlists and saving them to your personal database
- get the lyrics for songs and share them with students as a karaoke version – after downloading Spotify click on this link to get the karaoke Spotify extension – MusiXmach: open.spotify.com/app/musixmatch (“Open in Spotify” button).
3 – once you’ve downloaded Spotify to your computer, sign up and add the list of French songs to your playlist (follow button). Click here to play the French songs playlist in the app: open.spotify.com/user/11120799926/playlist/5aPYYVNT4e7m5etmTEB9au (“Play on Spotify” button).
Discover French audio podcasts in Spotify – How to discover more resources on Spotify?
4 – The browse button is located in the top left corner of the Spotify app. Just type in key words like “french language” or “french speaking” and the results appear. You can save them as your personal lists (via the “follow” button).
Here are some examples of the resources I found:
Spotify in your class – How to use Spotify in a class?
5 – Install the Spotify app on the computer in your class. Once you login to the app all the playlists you saved on any of your devices appears on the left side. OR use your browser and the Spotify web player – play.spotify.com – to avoid installation (no karaoke extension in the web player). If the computer is connected to speakers or a projector, you can share the Spotify audio/karaoke with the class. But this way of presenting the digital content and resources is getting a bit dated.
6 – A much better option for sharing Spotify resources with students is to broadcast your screen to student devices (especially when using the karaoke version) or, an even better option, is to send a link for the complete song list to your students.
Here are three steps for getting a Spotify playlist’s link:
A. open the playlist,
B. click on three dots next to the “play” and “following” buttons to get more options,
C. from the menu, choose the “Copy HTTP link” option. The copied link can now be sent to students. To easily manage all the link-sharing and broadcasting in my class, I am using the SmartClass+ language learning platform.
Let me know your questions and share this article with other teachers who may also benefit from its contents.
Special thanks to the Talk in French website for an amazing job on Spotify.
Veronika, trainer, passionate teacher, blogger, member of smartclasscommunity team