Practise & Learn French (Age 5-7)

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Practise & Learn French (Age 5-7)

Learning to speak French at a young age can be tricky at first. Luckily, this CGP Practise & Learn French book will kick your child off to a great start!

This CGP Practise & Learn French book introduces all the basics of learning French in an easy to understand, fun manner, making learning the language simple and exciting for your child.

The CGP Practise & Learn French book includes greetings, numbers, colours, animals, clothes, food, and many more topics.

* Please note that this book (or pack of books) is fully updated to the new curriculum that began in 2014 (for Years 1-5 and 7-9) and 2015 for Year 6.

Details of Practise & Learn French (Age 5-7)
Publisher CGP
ISBN 10 1847629857
ISBN 13 9781847629852

Reviews (79)

Ramonita(04/09/2015)

5/5

A great little CD and book that can either support in-class learning or, if used correctly, provide a good basic programme of study. There are some great exercises in vocab, tenses and defining the gender of words. A good little set in all.

Clarita(02/09/2015)

5/5

Very pleased with book

Shyla(28/08/2015)

5/5

As described. Very happy with this product.

Taneka(28/08/2015)

5/5

So easy to follow for kids and great for refreshing memory for adults! The CD -Rom is a great bonus!

Leonel(24/08/2015)

5/5

This is a super and well thought out French Practise and learn book. The questions are clear, the wording large and bright. I really liked the included CD ROM disc . It helps so much to hear the words as well as read them. Over all this is a well made book.

Leanna(21/08/2015)

5/5

With two young children and lots of supplementary study and work at home to compensate the poverty of state schooling we tend to love CGP books. They are thoughtfully designed and easy to use for home study and for self-study. Recently we travelled to the Loire and my daughter took this with her.....It was perfect. Better than the usual language tapes or easy phrases as it targeted the youngster more effectively. Thoroughly recommended.

Kai(19/08/2015)

5/5

helped my nephew for his first trip to Paris

Rico(17/08/2015)

5/5

This is the third in a series of French workbooks (aimed at ages 5-7, 7-9 and 9-11). There is also a similar set of workbooks for teaching Spanish. With every primary school going to offer a modern foreign language from September 2014, these workbooks will be a good complementary learning aid. It is never too early to begin learning a new language and, like other workbooks in the CGP range, this is a bright, colourful and enjoyable book, which will appeal to children. This workbook teaches useful French phrases, colours, months, family members, animals, clothes, food, conversation and questions, the weather, in my town, masculine and feminine and plurals. There is a useful CD-Rom, which will give your child the correct pronunciation of each word, and which is very useful to use in conjunction with the workbook. Although the term workbook suggests it will be a struggle to work your way through, in fact it is a lot of fun

Daria(10/08/2015)

5/5

These are a great series of books, you can rely upon the publishers for a clear and fun set of actives. My 9 year old loved it and the CD just enhances the book. I would recommend it for homeschoolers and anyone else learning French.

Lottie(08/08/2015)

5/5

Great little French book for the 9-11 age group but only if they are been speaking French since they have started school. I was impressed with the cd rom that was clear sounding and easy to understand. The pages in the book were very clear and easy to follow. Brilliant book.

Palmer(03/08/2015)

5/5

This is a good introduction to the French language for kids - it's clearly laid out with lots of bright, fun drawings. The level is pitched just right for its intended audience of 9-11yrs, and the accompanying CD-ROM is invaluable for showing children clearly how the words and phrases should be pronounced. My daughter has really enjoyed using it.

Merlin(29/07/2015)

5/5

This has been a popular acquisition, as it is exactly the right level for our household. Starting with simple greetings, and moving through basic concepts like a range of animal names, numbers, clothes and colours, it moves onto simple phrases about what you like doing and where things are in your town. I think the practice bits are useful, but we've mainly been using it as a way of confirming the first hundred words or so of French that form a good basis for later language learning. In reality, kids need to learn the sound of the language, the little phrases everyone uses like 'Document', for go gently, but this book does provide a way for children to confirm they have some basic words to use, that they can listen out for in their environment when they visit France. A really good basic starting place. I suppose the only question I'm left with is about how we approach language learning in general - realistically, most children would be better off at this age with an entirely oral non-written approach, but that can't be helped, that's not how they do it in school! So I'm marking it for what it set out to do, rather than for what I wish it did in an ideal world....

Rivka(27/07/2015)

5/5

Review by French teacher Helen. It's clear, colourful, age 9-11 but ideal for some of my struggling year 7 pupils. The cd rom has nice pronunciations so kids could do it at home too and an answer booklet if parents don't speak French!

Melony(26/07/2015)

5/5

This home learning French set is a really lovely addition to the household. It contains a cd-rom and exercise book, and is actually presented in a rather fun way. This makes a change from how I remember learning French and I feel this may be beneficial to anyone wanting to get to grips with some of the basics. It is a useful tool to complement the lessons that your child has at school in the age group of 9-11. The style of the exercise book means that it is easy to dip into it for a bit, and to then leave it aside for a few days. The pace at which your child works their way through it is entirely up to them, and each section is separated into specific topics. There are fun activities, such a word searches and crosswords. These help to liven up the learning experience. The layout is colourful and fun, but it does seem to assume a little prior knowledge from the subject. I think, however, that it is still accessible to someone who has never approached the language before. One of the reasons for this is because of the cd-rom, which allows the user to hear how the words should be spoken. This is such a crucial part of what makes this set so good. Understanding the way letter sounds are spoken in another country can be difficult, and we have all heard the painful attempts of someone trying (and failing) to say something in the correct way. As such, I can wholeheartedly state that I would recommend this French book and cd-rom set. It is presented so very well, and is a really fun way of increasing your child's confidence in the French language.

Mickey(25/07/2015)

5/5

Nice child friendly lay out with attractive pictures and clear questions. Gradually increases in difficulty as the book progresses with good support from the CD Rom.

Ginger(24/07/2015)

5/5

Most workbooks of this type are intended to support and help supplement classroom teaching and give your child something they can do with you or on their own. I speak French, apparently with a German accent, so the CD that comes with this workbook has helped my grandson with classical pronunciation. The workbook covers a large number of basic areas; including puzzles - which are always a good test of understanding. -

Harold(17/07/2015)

5/5

I found this to be great additional resource to add to my daughter's school French. Previously we had used a range of websites, but they were unstructured and lacked clear pronunciation guidance. CD-ROM's are bit of old fashioned, and I had to borrow an external CD drive in order to install it, but once done we were up and running. My daughter had already encountered about one third of the words in the book, and we used it to reinforce those and learn new words around her topics. There are plenty of French books out there, but I can recommend this one. It's key benefits are: - Clearly laid out, with bright clear words and pictures - Bite-size lessons - Very clear pronunciation guidance via the CD-ROM Five stars.

Monica(15/07/2015)

5/5

I bought this for my granddaughter who goes to an after-school French class and she loves it. I also find it useful to brush up on my French language skills which have been lying dormant for over sixty years!

Malena(13/07/2015)

5/5

This is a good book covering all the usual basic topics of name, birthday, friends and family, pets etc. It would be a good extra practise for those already having learned some basic French, to consolidate or revise. It is possible to learn from it too but I see it more as a revision type of activity. It's a great head start if they want to go on and do French GCSE later.

Jenna(09/07/2015)

5/5

Our 10 year old is learning French at primary school and is very enthusiastic to learn and show off her skills. The person teaching her does not speak French at all, so we have a problem as the teacher hasn't got a clue. This handy little book with accompanying CD-ROM is helping our little one stay on track and make up for what she is not getting at school. Our child can't be the only one in the country in this situation and as such I'd recommend this product to anyone.

Carmelina(09/07/2015)

5/5

My 8 year old has been studying French at school, both in class and after school, with La Jolie Ronde, and this Practice and Learn pack is a great way to boost this. The book is well laid out with colour pictures and clear sections that explain what each task involves. She did get a bit stuck on the second half of the book, but I was able to help her along thanks to the notes for parents and answers that are placed in the centre of the book. The only issue was with getting these answers out, which involved opening and closing staples in the middle. Subjects covered include the basics of first conversations (hello, who are you? etc) right through to early involvement of masculine and feminine words. I'm impressed with the book and the CD-ROM (which is pretty basic but easy to use and allows children to hear native speakers pronounce words) and I'm looking forward to using the next stages.

Shane(04/07/2015)

5/5

This is a really useful book. The cd that comes with the book is really good. The pronunciation of the words that you are seeing in the book is very clear and using this resource, children will learn the correct way of saying words in French. Overall, it is a really good package and an excellent resource for complimenting / supplementing what the children may be learning at school.

Lizzie(01/07/2015)

5/5

At this age I find children learn best if they are presented with engaging ways to learn. This book is just that, lots of activity within the book and software. The pronunciation on the cd-rom is really useful. Highly recommended.

Lise(29/06/2015)

5/5

Easy to load on the computer and easy to follow the words from the book and listen to it on the computer so you say it correctly. Even my 7 year old grandson began joining in while I was trying to teach his sister, so ended up both of them learning at the same time. They both found it fun to learn from both the book and the cd that you get with this CGP set. The pages are bright & colourful and the print is nice on the eyes. Little games keep the learning fun and easy to learn. Good price and good fun.

Darrick(24/06/2015)

5/5

I don't normally gush over my children's workbooks, but this book is superb. It is set out in a very appealing way with lovely bright colours. The CD-ROM is an added bonus, and my daughter was keen to start this book. I would highly recommend this book, and I might even purchase the age 5-7yrs version for my younger daughter.

Bambi(23/06/2015)

5/5

The book is colourful and inviting for a child to open which in turn encourages the child to learn. The CD rom is really helpful as the child listens and learns how to pronounce the words and you choose which topic you want to work on. My 10 year old has been using it with some success. My 8 year old has started and is making rapid progress. Both are having fun using it and learning at the same time. Not only is it good for children but also adults wanting to learn basic French (something I have struggled with for years...despite numerous efforts using different methods......I find I am making progress as well......). Easy to use. Highly recommended.

Steve(22/06/2015)

5/5

This is a colourful workbook, with a 'cheap and cheerful' design. The clip-art style graphics, courtesy of CorelDRAW, are just eye catching enough to keep the student interested, without proving to be a distraction. The makers of this book have done everything they can to make learning French fun. There is a mix of exercises, including unscrambling groups of words, filling in the blanks, word search, question and answers, linking boxes and more. The book has 15 sections: Hello!, What is your name?, Numbers, Colours, Months, My family, Animals, Clothes, Food, What do you like doing?, What time is it? The weather, In my town, Masculine and feminine and Plurals. The centre pages are in black and white and contain the answers. You could pull this section out if you wanted to. This section also contains some helpful learning tips for some of the pages. The Vocab CD-ROM is an excellent edition to the package, especially if, like me, you are a parent who hasn't spoken French with any regularity since school. The program installed on the first attempt. Once loaded, you no longer need the disc. It's useful to hear the words spoken aloud correctly. Overall, this is a great package.

Merrill(21/06/2015)

5/5

I got this for my son (aged 9), so he was in the perfect age range. The book comes with a CD for the computer, which is excellent. It allows him to see how words are pronounced. There are lots of exercises in the book, and also lots of everyday words. I've not used French since a visit there 10 years ago, but I still found it a helpful revision tool for me too. Recommended

Katharina(21/06/2015)

5/5

I like all of the Practise and Learn French books. I've been working through them with my daughter and she really enjoys it. The CD is fun. I would recommend.

firstname(18/06/2015)

5/5

This is great for my son as its helping him with his French as he is learning it at school.

Deena(18/06/2015)

5/5

Brilliant for kids starting out in French, simple but enough to start them off or supplement what they're learning in school. Nice colourful workbook which kids write in, answers in a centre pull out section and great cd rom accompaniment. Excellent.

Celesta(15/06/2015)

5/5

My little boy of 9 is home taught with his cousin, so we are always on the look out for new work books and related things that will help him with his school work. French is a subject that we have struggled with, my wife speaks a little French she learnt at school, I'm rubbish at it and we didn't want to pay for another tutor. Practice and learn French seemed like a good option. We loaded the disc in to one of our laptops which runs windows vista, took only a couple of minutes and it was up and running. The software and book are brilliant, you click on a word and you hear the correct way to say the words, its amazing how wrong we have been saying some words, even the basic words, the vocal is as clear as having someone in the room. The book is packed with things to do, we are really pleased with the package and am sure it will give him a good start to his French. 100% Recommended

Nakita(11/06/2015)

5/5

This was for my 10 year old, whose French has improved significantly already after the first few pages of this book. I'll update further once he has completed it. He particularly finds the CD useful.

Francis(09/06/2015)

5/5

My daughter has been learning French at school for a while (age 10) but it's basic and bitty. She absolutely loved this fun, interactive book that expanded the knowledge she already had. The little exercises are like games or puzzles and it's repetitive (IE reinforcing) without being at all boring. Recommended!

Lael(08/06/2015)

5/5

I thought this made a perfect book and CD for beginners in French, while aimed at children I think anyone starting to learn French would find it of benefit. It is a slim book, 32 pages but each is packed. There are drawings to illustrate the words and phrases being learnt. Also spaces to answer questions, so you can practise writing French too. Then with the CD you can hear how the words are meant to sound. Excellent. C'est très bien.

Beulah(06/06/2015)

5/5

My son, (age 9), seems to be doing a lot more French at school all of a sudden and, along with this, comes the promise of a test in a few weeks time - eek! I thought it would be worth a look at this book and CD to see if I can help in a slightly more productive and entertaining way than just going through a list of vocab...and it definitely has helped a little. Having activities to do seems to help the learning process and make it less dull and he enjoys the CD via which he can hear people with much more natural French accents than mine(!) pronouncing the words correctly. I would highly recommend this book for kids needing to learn/revise the basics of French...and also for those parents struggling to recall their childhood French!

Levi(04/06/2015)

5/5

This a great little book. The inclusion of the CD-ROM ensures that the young person hears an authentic pronunciation from the off. The book is very accessible and looks great with a variety of exercises to reinforce the learning. Highly recommended.

Jacquiline(04/06/2015)

5/5

Another fine book in the CGP portfolio. GCP produce a fine range of books across the whole education spectrum, from pre-school to A-level. This is a good book for KS2 (year 5/6) French, giving tests, examples and worked examples. It is geared towards exam practice. It is ideal for the student, parent, tutor or private tutor wanting to optimise exam preparation. Excellent value for money, with DVD-ROM

Ami(30/05/2015)

5/5

This is a fantastic workbook for children new to learning French. It's very nicely illustrated and the exercises are engaging and presented in an appealing format. Makes learning French fun!

Joie(27/05/2015)

5/5

I think this Practice And Learn book is well worth the money. It's really colourful with quizzes throughout of basic French. So for example: numbers, colours, the months and days, fruits and your family. There are spaces for you to fill in your answers, although I would be inclined to do this on a separate piece of paper. The book has lots of nice illustrations of whatever you're trying to learn. For example: a cat, a dog, a fish etc... There are word searches, questions and words for you to unscramble. Although I am much older than the target age range I found this book very helpful. It is great for learning and then revision. Maybe I quickly want to check on the weather (rain, snow, sun etc...), what these words are. The book is quite thin (33 pages) but then it isn't that expensive and it comes with a Listen And Learn CD! Which covers everything in the book. You'll be surprised by how much information they manage to cram into these 33 pages. You really do get the basics of French here. Fantastic fun and value. Buy it! [I liked it so much I bought the earlier book, for ages 7-9.]

Samella(26/05/2015)

5/5

This book and CD is being used by my 8 year old daughter who has been learning French at school on and off since year 1. Her interest has peaked because they have recently been learning about France, so it was a good time to give her a helping hand. French was never my strong point, with hello, where is the train station, thank you, goodbye, being the limit of my French vocabulary, so I'm no help at all. My daughter is grasping it well and reminding me of things I did learn but quickly forgot at school; e.g.. Feminine and Masculine, la, Lé, les, il, elle, As well as the confusing variations of you, ju, vous, tu. Still, who said English was easy? They're taking their books over there... Seriously! Anyway, even though the book is aimed at 9-11 year olds, it depends on the child, because my 9 year old daughter has very little interest in learning another language, whilst my 8 year old is loving it. The book is very well set out with lots of fun exercises to fill out, starting off easy and increasing in difficulty.

Kenny(25/05/2015)

5/5

My daughter has been learning French at school and this book has been a great resource for her to further her learning at home. The book is colourful and each double page covers a topic, e.g. specific themes like "Numbers", "Colours", "Months", "My Family", "Animals", "Clothes", "Food" and "The Weather" as well as double-page spreads on concepts like "Masculine and Feminine"and "Plurals". Other themes are more conversational like, "Hello", "What is your name?", "What do you like doing?" and "In my Town". There are plenty of colourful games and tasks to complete and they go through each topic step by step, allowing for a good amount of repetition and practice without it getting boring. The Vocab CD-Rom has saved my blushes with my attempts at a passable French accent and we have had a lot of fun together trying to copy the sounds of the words, thankfully with increasing success, all thanks to the clear diction of the narrator.

Elfrieda(06/09/2015)

4/5

My nine year old daughter learns French at her Primary School, but it's at a very basic level and she can't say more than a few greetings and please and thank you. To supplement her learning, we got her this French practise book from CGP - a company that we have several other books from. The book comes with a CD, but there are parts of the book which can be worked through without the CD. The exercises are pretty good, in line with the usual high standard that this company produces in the other books we own from them. Would recommend to those who, like me, want a bit of extra homework for their children who are learning French in the age range of 9 - 11. It's certainly helped my daughter improve her confidence with French.

Bradford(02/09/2015)

4/5

This is good French practise book but it's not for beginners. This Practise & Learn French is the third one from set of 3 books. It says ages 9-11 but in my opinion age is not relevant here, the book is too advanced for 9-11 year olds if they haven't had any contact with French language. They would have to go through previous two books first (for ages 5-7 and 7-9) to be able easily work with this title. The CD-rom included with this book is for use on the computer but plain audio CD helping with the pronunciation would be more practical to be honest.

Otha(02/09/2015)

4/5

This is a practical exercise book designed for children to work through at their own pace with specific chapters devoted to colours, numbers, etc. It has been put together in a clever way to motivate children as it is more in the style of a puzzle book or problem-solving book rather than a static question-and-answer style of book which quickly loses the interest of the reader. For example there is a word search and a crossword and good use of colours to help with presentation. Even though it is targeted at the 9-11 age range my 8-year old daughter happily worked through it. She has been doing basic French at school so that was clearly an advantage. As it is a 'practice and learn' book then if a child has no previous experience of working with French then they may find it difficult to pick up and go through.

Dolly(31/08/2015)

4/5

My daughter is just starting to learn languages at primary school and my initial interest in this book was for my own use to brush-up on my long-forgotten French. There is very little in the way of an introduction or instructions for use and it's straight in with fifteen exercises of increasing difficulty spread over 28 pages. Each section has some guidance surrounded by dashed lines and then a series of questions based on the information in the initial box so even if the adult doesn't know the answer, it's possible to work it out!. There is a pull-out answer booklet in the middle of the book. The layout of each page is user-friendly, with good use of colour and cartoons to add interest; there's plenty of room for children's wonky handwriting too. I particularly liked the software that comes with book. The listen and learn program installed easily on my Mac and after selecting the correct age range (9-11 in this case), the software pronounces each of the new words in the book. Just click on the word (or search for it) and a lovely French accent speaks the words as they should sound, rather than how I thought they were pronounced! It's also possible to use the software to look at the words used in the other books in the range, 5-7 & 7-9, so that's a bonus. A great book and software, highly recommended.

Travis(29/08/2015)

4/5

This work book is well pitched for the age it is aimed at and is useful to reinforce what it taught in a classroom, in my opinion as a French teacher and mum to two children learning French. I don't think you would be able to use it as a stand alone course. The exercises in the book are varied and interesting with puzzles, word searches and plenty of opportunities to fill in gaps and read short texts with consolidate the vocabulary in each unit. The book has a good range of topics likely to be covered by a beginner, from colours to the time and basic info for talking about yourself. There is plenty of room to write answers in and a detachable booklet in the middle to check you have the right answers. The book itself is excellent and I would say goes up to about level 3 in reading and writing in the current national curriculum, so fine for Primary and start of Year 7. Though I really like the book, the CD however seems like a bit of an afterthought and it's hard to see a point to it; it just contains sound recordings of all the vocabulary in the book. The recordings are good, and spoken by a native speaker, however it's not interactive at all, in these days of excellent interactive and free sites where you can hear French and practise with flash cards, games and even test yourself I can't see a child being engaged or interested by the CD at all. Good book, shame about the CD.

Oneida(28/08/2015)

4/5

This has been tested by my daughter who's in year 6, and she's been enjoying it so far. She feels that you could use it to go over what you've learnt in school, or even to start teaching yourself. It covers many basic areas, such as your name, age, and family, alongside numbers, colours, food and time. . Most are to do with learning specific words, and then there are a few sections writing complete sentences. There's also a separate section at the back covering masculine and feminine. It's colourful, with cartoon characters, and my daughter found it fun to use. There is also a CD in the back, and this contains all the words used in the 3 different books, which teaches the correct pronunciation.

Bruna(27/08/2015)

4/5

It's a reasonably priced French book for those beginning French. Well laid out, colourful and not at all drab. The Audio is also an excellent aid. But, I'm afraid there is a but, I would have preferred the audio to be downloaded separately, so it could ALL go onto a Smartphone. With this the audio is 'tied' to the learning resource. Overall a good resource. Recommended.

Angeline(25/08/2015)

4/5

Having several CGP books in the house, I have come to equate them with well considered learning material and this is no exception. I have lived and worked in France for over 5 years, most of the time using French as a primary language, so I am quite often asked to help our friends kids with their French. My six-year old has started learning too so I was keen to get her some material to 'grow into'. The book itself is colourful, fun (anagrams, speech bubbles to fill, cartoons) and clearly laid out. The level of French is Key Stage 2 if that means much to you; there's a full pull-out set of duplicate pages with the answers if your own French is a bit rusty. Altogether it would make a good structured activity for parent and child together but would be fine for the child alone to follow. The CDrom installed easily on my Mac (you need OS 10.6 or above) and presented a choice of age categories (presumably one CD has been prepared for all the age groups in this series of books). All you get is a list of topics with words and phrases. Clicking on them has them enunciated clearly by (I believe) a native French speaker but it's the same voice throughout so they can feel a bit artificial. Very good for hearing and repeating - but not much fun as an interactive teaching aid. Overall this is a useful and fun way to help your child with French but the CD could have been a lot better.

Jennefer(20/08/2015)

4/5

A very child friendly basic practice and learn French for 9-11 year olds. It's nicely designed, colourful (with some black and white pages) and with very nice animations to highlight a particular word or action. It comes with an accompanying CD-ROM that is useful for listening to how the words are pronounced and context and the guide addresses slightly more taxing issues of foreign language such as femine and masculine which always fazed me initially. The exercises involve themes such as writing a sentence in English into French or vice versa or answering questions in English by translating a descriptive paragraph in French. It's very nice and pitched just right.

Fleta(20/08/2015)

4/5

These practice books are such a great idea. If you have a child who finds the subject hard it gives them easy to follow tests to practice at home. Simple to use and well laid out .Also has vocab practice DVD to use which is great . Wish they had been available when my children were younger.

Chery(17/08/2015)

4/5

Practice and Learn French is aimed at the 9-11 year age group and consists of a short book, 32 pages, plus an interactive CD-ROM. The book is broken up into 15 sections; Hello, What is your name?, Numbers, Colours, Months, My family, Animals, Clothes, Food, What do you like doing, What time is it, The weather, In my town, Masculine and feminine, Plurals. Each section is short, choppy and covers the very basics. There are a series of self assessment exercises and tests throughout plus a series of black and white photocopied answer sheets. Interactive help and further study is available via the CD which also contains the proper French pronunciation of the words learnt in the exercises. That is so helpful. When you hear the words being properly pronounced it builds confidence when it comes to speaking them back. Although the book is aimed at teaching basic French do be aware your child requires a decent level of English. There's no help with English language or grammar. If your child is struggling with English this might be best avoided. Also; this is a generic study aid and not specific to any one examination board or school curriculum. I think this is a great little book. Very clearly set out and easy to follow in a way that's educational without being threatening. My only 'niggle'; please start producing these books with an app. that children can download and keep updated. That would be so much more appealing to this age group. Happy to recommend. Good place to start.

Merri(17/08/2015)

4/5

My Son is currently home schooled and as I don't speak French thought this would be great to teach us both it is nicely set out looks fun to do and is easy to follow!

Kindra(13/08/2015)

4/5

I did a French GCSE about a hundred years ago and my 12 year old is learning French and I've enjoyed going through this book with him. Any repetition or practice is good and this book can be covered in small snippets. The quality of the paper is a bit meh but it's clear and easy to use with fun illustrations. A variety of word searches, sentences and double page spread themes like colours, numbers and families give a basic grounding. Worth buying and using.

Walker(10/08/2015)

4/5

I ordered this for my 9 year old daughter in the hope that she would take more of an interest in learning a foreign language. She has recently started learning French at school and didn't seem very enthusiastic about it. After a couple of days I asked her how she was getting on with the book, thinking it might have been left unread, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that she'd completed many of the exercises in it. The book is well structured and the illustrations and exercises are well designed for the age range. I'm not sure they should have bothered with the cd rom to be honest as it's only a collection of words and phrases (with audio) that might have been better (and cheaper) if hosted on a web site or app - especially as cd drives are pretty much a dying breed these days. The book doesn't have a great number of pages in it and the paper is quite thin, but the content is of a standard that shouldn't frighten off any new learners.

Emelina(05/08/2015)

4/5

I speak, read and write fluently in French due to living in a Francophone country during my schooldays, but my trainee teacher son only learned the language at secondary school in the UK, and would struggle with it now. He wanted a book that would allow him to 'recap' on his French, which this certainly did. Both of us found the book extremely helpful with 'everyday' French, but it seemed to be of a level for children who have a French lesson daily. It was a pretty simple book, but it is not for users who, say, has a 45 minute lesson once a week; they'd never keep up. We were surprised at the varied verbs and verb tenses used, but are not convinced that a child would entirely pick these up; it felt as if the book would be more for 'spoken French that comes with daily/regular practice'. Admittedly, my son struggled with it a bit, but then found simple things coming back to him. It is a useful book as some of it is in English, with answers being provided in French, but as the book progresses, children start off with working in French, then translating into English. It covers basic everyday stuff such as masculine and feminine objects (which still make me think twice after 35+ years of knowing the language), plurals, telling the times, numbers, colours and with practice, children of the targeted age-range will be able to have a practical conversation in French. The CD-rom is very helpful, as if you type in words associated with the topic, you get the proper pronunciation, which can then be practised. The CD can be used on a PC with Windows XP and Vista, and on a MAC. For the price, it is good value for money, but for the level, we don't think that it's for children being taught French at the average local government primary school - more like for children at a private school, who have daily lessons.

Anton(02/08/2015)

4/5

I have purchased a number of these books for practice in various subjects. They don't look immediately appealing from the cover but much better inside. The activities are varied, interesting and follow on well from each other. This one covers words and common phrases, giving a double page to each topic so nice bite sized chunks: "Hello" (greetings), "What is your name?", "Numbers", "Colours", "Months", "My family", "Animals", "Clothes", etc. Each page will typically introduce some vocabulary or phrases and then give a number of activities to apply them, for example find in a word search, link words to meaning, create a sentence, write a sentence in French, etc. The topics and activities work well together as they build on learning throughout the book. There is a separate answers section that is easily removed from the centre pages. It is aimed for age 9-11, so it is focusing on questions and answers in the present tense mainly. Grammar is not covered, other than the very basics like masculine/feminine words. There is no pronunciation guide in the book, however there is an accompanying CD-Rom for the computer which covers this. An app instead would have been good I think. This is well thought out and not "gimmicky". A good book to give extra practice to complement school learning.

Andera(01/08/2015)

4/5

I am always aware that many of these books are bought with the purpose of giving both parent and child some structure to the extra work. And this extra work is usually to get the child ahead in life, or work on some deficiencies. This particular entry is difficult to assess because there is no real equivalent in the local curriculum. Chances are you will be using it in conjunction with extracurricular classes/tutoring. I would advocate this strongly as this is a level too far for a beginner. The CD helps a lot but illustrates the fact that there would be a tendency to make this a writing exercise and not gaining oral fluency. If you have someone happy to converse in good French, then this is a welcome addition.

Shelli(26/07/2015)

4/5

My daughter wasn't greatly impressed by this as a product, Mostly I think because it is HOMEWORK!!! I think though it works at least to the point that she learnt some more French which I think is hard. It is a user friendly and the included CD is Brilliant.

Yung(20/07/2015)

4/5

A good way to supplement what a child learns at school. The book has a nice layout with simple explanations and focused questions. The added CD-ROM is helpful so you can hear the way the words are meant to be pronounced, this then should help reinforce a child's ability to practice their vocab. There are well-done colour coded pictorials that should make learning more fun and enjoyable for the student.

Craig(16/07/2015)

4/5

This book helps with the basics of learning to speak French such as - hello, your name ,numbers, colours, days and months, my family, food, animals and clothes - it then goes into things such as describing your town and telling the time and saying what you like to do and finally some plurals and learning about how all French things are either masculine or feminine! The cd helps with the pronunciation!

Selma(08/07/2015)

4/5

I ordered this book to be used by a friend's bilingual children - who have plenty of experience with spoken French, but not so much with writing in their dad's native language. The book is well-laid out with clear, colourfully-presented exercises pitched at just the right level. The accompanying CD, though not needed for these particular children, would be useful for children studying French at primary school (to say nothing of being helpful for non French-speaking parents wanting to support them!).

Alphonse(27/06/2015)

4/5

This is a great little book for the kids to explore foreign languages. Lots of interesting activities with all the key vocab needed for early French. Complete with a CD ROM this is a super little package and good value.

Shila(26/06/2015)

4/5

This is a comprehensive resource. Looking at it with my 10-year-old it seemed age appropriate and I cannot fault the presentation and content. However, my son didn't find it compelling and soon lost interest. I think parents will need to take an active role in setting up a course of learning and continually reviewing. Unlike some self-learn materials, this doesn't seem to inspire continued unmonitored use.

Raylene(25/06/2015)

4/5

This short, written work-book provides good practice material for children who have already learnt a bit of French. It's well laid out and colourful. The accompanying CD-ROM is a bit of a hassle to install and run, and seems rather antiquated in this Internet age. It provides the correct pronunciation for each word of French vocab in the workbook, when the word is clicked on. In contrast to the book, the CD-ROM is exceedingly dull in its presentation. Overall, this is a good practice book for primary-school French learners. At a mere 30 pages, it doesn't last very long, though.

Chantell(23/06/2015)

4/5

Children are learning language skills at an earlier and earlier stage of their school life these days. Having multi language skills is now considered a vital part of a good education. Like any skill, starting early helps the process along. So while people of my generation were just starting to learn languages at about age 10-11 our children are learning languages aged 6-7. Classroom learning is helping our children learn French currently so this Practise & Learn: French (Ages 9-11) - with vocab CD-ROM has been invaluable in helping them backup their classroom learning while at home. The format is very easy to use and our kids took to it like a duck to water. Especially like the CD which is getting lots of use. Well recommended.

Dale(17/06/2015)

4/5

This is a good tester book to use with your child to ensure that both you and they are getting the basics. I will admit that we are both finding the CD more helpful than the book. If using the book then be aware that the answers come out in a black and white centre pull out - if you do remove it from the book then I would recommend that you put the answer pull out into a folder so you don't mislay it. We have found this very handy but the teacher is annoyed that we seem to be slightly ahead of the class as far as understanding goes.

Alejandro(17/06/2015)

4/5

Clear and at right level for the age group - assuming that they have done some French. My wife helps out with French classes in Year Four at my daughter's school and found that it worked well with those kids. By the end of the book you feel like you have covered a decent amount of ground. The CD only contains an audio file to help with pronunciation which is fine but there is nothing inter-active or multi-media about it. Good clear layout - I think the note at the beginning reminding users that the book is not for photocopying is wishful thinking on the publisher's part but you have been warned.

Edmond(16/06/2015)

4/5

This is a book and DVD-Rom (to help with pronunciations). The DVD Rom has a nice little pocket at the back of the book to keep it in so it hopefully won't get lost. It also has the 7-9 and 5-7 French modules on it which are relevant to the separate books for that age group. These sections cover simpler versions of what this book covers plus bits about 'in my pencil case', 'my house' and 'where do you live?' As for this book for the 9-11 age group the topics covered are: - Hello! - What is your name? - Numbers - Colours - Months - My family - Animals - Clothes - Food - What do you like doing? - What time is it? - The weather - In my town - Masculine and feminine - Plurals The book has activities for each as well as an answers section which can be pulled out of the centre so that your child's work can be checked. You may want to take this bit out (and it is easily detachable) before you give the book to your child in case they are tempted to cheat. This book cannot be used again once done (unless you photocopy the pages). That's ok I suppose seeing as you want your child to progress to the next level anyway, but not so ok if you want another child to also do the same exercises. Overall then this is a useful aid to your child's learning, but probably to be used in conjunction with other teaching.

Sherril(10/06/2015)

4/5

Practise & Learn: French for ages 9 to 11 (complete with a vocabulary CDRom) is perfect for helping your child learn the French language with ease. The brightly coloured pages are set out in an easy to read type face with plenty of illustrations scattered throughout. The vocabulary covered includes many topics including: Hello, What is your name?, Numbers, Colours, Months, My family, Animals, Clothes, Food, What do you like doing?, What time is it?, The weather, In my town, Masculine & Feminine and Plurals. My 9 year old daughter found the questions and exercises included fun but quite challenging at times, which isn't a bad thing. There is a pull out section included which contains all of the answers to the questions and lots of tips for parents. The CDRom has its place although it is a 'Listen Only' CDRom and as such can become a bit boring for the child, however it does have all of the French vocabulary used in the book spoken by a native French speaker which if used will help to improve your child's French Accent. Although the CDRom could have been designed to be just a little bit more fun. Practise & Learn ... a great series of books to help your children in their learning.

Jerrica(10/06/2015)

4/5

got this with a view to teaching our grandson who is only 7 but is quite advanced academically so we had a lot of fun with the various exercises and role play and now he can speak some school boy French so it was very handy and it will come in ever more useful as he gets older I'm sure

Marla(06/06/2015)

4/5

This was surprisingly much more fun than anticipated. It's a fairly slim book and at first glance there's not a lot to it but once you get started it's got a fair bit going on. I think that the age range is probably about right but it might help if the child has a little French already but even with no previous knowledge of the language there's still a lot that can be gained from this. The CD is useful if pronunciation is a problem but it's basically just a spoken word cd and not interactive. It's fun and colourful and the activities make it seem like a game while learning. When I was at school our French lessons consisted of the language lab lady saying over and over again 'Ecoute et Repete'. Listen and repeat. I listened and I repeated but I can't say that much of what I repeated parrot fashion has stayed with me. With this book the fun element might make things a little easier to remember since it's presented as a game-like activity. I like it. It's inspired me to look at what else is available to make learning French fun.

Abdul(05/06/2015)

4/5

This book is a great introduction for young children to French. It contains pages on: what is your name?; numbers; colours; months; my family; animals; clothes; good; what do you like doing?;what time is it?; the weather; and in my town. There are lots of exercises within the book which will appeal to younger children due to their style. There are also lots of different types of exercises including word searches and questions and answers. There is a pull out section in the middle of the book (which can be pulled out to stop pupils peeping). There is also a cd-rom included which includes the correct pronunciation of words and phrases used within the book which is great for families who are homeschooling and where adults maybe don't speak the language themselves. It is a great introduction to very basic conversational French but I think it is suited to a younger age range than advertised.

Florene(03/06/2015)

4/5

If you would like your child to have good aptitude with languages, then it is known and always best to start them learning early. This is an excellent study aid to supplement classroom training. It is bold, bright, easy to follow and well laid out. It will allow the parent to easily and simply assist their child even with very little language knowledge themselves. Recommended and cost-effective study aid.

Davis(25/05/2015)

4/5

This is clearly and colourfully laid out and would be appropriate for the age range, though possibly a little light weight for the very oldest of the age range. The CD is good and has the pronunciations for all the vocabulary within the book. Put simply, the book is a very useful tool to use to teach children French in an engaging manner.

Jone(18/08/2015)

3/5

this is a school textbook, by son is studying at school (as its the best place to study) and this is necessary for his curriculum. its by no means exciting, as its a school textbook, but its of good quality paper, printing is clear, and this is going to get a lot of use. recommended!!!

Taryn(07/08/2015)

3/5

The biggest problem with this book is that it is not well structured for repeat revision. It is attractive enough to interest a child to work through once, however going back to it to find something specific takes more time than is necessary. This book could have been improved so easily, by having one more page with a full vocab list on it as a quick reference. There are some cartoon drawings to add interest; Although a few of the images, are not instantly recognisable, such as pink cow that needed horns adding, to make sure that you did not mistake it for a pig. The accompanying CD uses only one mediocre female French voice to deliver the vocabulary. There are no audio sentences. It could not be more basic, so is sure to disappoint. Overall a value for money French lesson for the intended age group, but there is much room for improvement.

Britt(02/07/2015)

3/5

This could be easier to follow. The aim = getting 5 year olds up to speed and spec. The outcome - attention span is tested. Fault of the delivery? Not sure. Give it a go, at this price can't hurt

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