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French in Action

Become fluent in French by exploring the culture in this video series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners.

A video instructional series in French for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 52 half-hour video programs. Please note: Annenberg Learner no longer sells supplementary materials for this series. Please visit Yale University Press for workbooks and audio.

This series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Pierre Capretz’s proven language-immersion method is presented within a humorous teleplay with native speakers of all ages and backgrounds. The storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman’s adventures in Paris and the French countryside is reinforced by Dr. Capretz’s on-camera instruction. The series is also appropriate for teacher professional development.

Due to licensing agreements, online viewing of the videos for this resource is restricted to network connections in the United States and Canada.


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