Updated February 2021
Here are some good subscription sites for French teachers and adult learners. Prices were accurate at April 2020. Let me know of any I have missed.
Frenchteacher.net is my own site. I have to mention it in case you come to this page by accident! £30 a year gets you access to over 1250 high quality editable French resources at all levels. There are over 1400 subscribers as at February 2018. I keep the cost down to get as many subscribers as possible. This is not my living but it helps!
Dolanguages is a repository for Steve Glover's A-level French, German and Spanish resources. You can buy units of work on film and literature for around £25. They are very good indeed. You'll also find his AS and A-level French language course here.
We Teach French has a useful selection of worksheets and activities for £30 a year.
TeachVid is from Martin Lapworth, the creator of Textivate. Think of it like Textivate with video clips which you can embed yourself from online sources. Good in particular for intermediate and advanced listening, I would suggest. Prices vary, but a whole school annual subscription costs 120 euros.
The Language Gym from Gianfranco Conti and team has a wide range of language manipulation activities and games. In this redeveloped and much improved version it works really well, is excellent value and has resources at all levels in French, Spanish, German and Italian. Printed resources are on the way. A standard school subscription is £200 a year.
Atantôt by Esther Mercier costs £60 a year and is specifically aimed to be used on an interactive whiteboard. Visually striking, very clear, sometimes amusing. An excellent resource. Requires Flash.
Zut by Catherine Murphy costs £50 per year for a department or £30 for an individual subscription. It is a long established site useful for the whiteboard, but not yet functional on iPad. It is free before 9.00 and after 4.00. Requires Flash (or Puffin app for mobile devices.) Catherine says that all exercises will soon be converted to html5 for mobile devices.
Ilini has advanced level topical news videos from French TV with subtitles, transcripts and interactive exercises. There is a free option which gives you five videos a month, and two levels of paid sign-up. Top price is £7.99 a month.
Twinkl includes French is its huge range of whole school resources. There are three packages (Free, Classic and Premium) with various prices depending on the size of the school.
Linguascope is a popular site offering a wide range of activities and worksheets. A whole school site licence costs £300. The site is also a source of all sorts of other merchandise. Requires Flash player.
High Five French is from Radio Lingua Schools. It features videos and other resources for primary children. The specimen video looks quite engaging. A school package costs £149 (£178 inc VAT in England) for a school up to 300 pupils. Not sure what happen with larger schools!
Teachit Languages is a popular site with a good range of resources for various levels. It costs £25 a year for an individual subscription, £125 for a department, though access the resources in pdf form is free. Recommended!
Frenchrevision.co.uk is a subscription site by an experienced teacher with a good range of interactive resources, including free samples. The pupil subscription is £10 a year, school subscription £40.
Taskmagic is Martin Lapworth's site which offers a suite of fun games for students as well as authoring software for making your own games or worksheets. The home page has a long list of ready-made activities which you can use once you have purchased a licence. It is very easy to use and students enjoy the games. Fees vary according to needs.
Textivate is the "little brother" of Taskmagic. It is a self-authoring online text manipulation package, a few features of which are free. It is far better to purchase the premium features for an annual fee of £25, £50 or £120 (group rate). I like the fact that the package develops comprehension skills (reading and listening if you embed video), grammatical accuracy and vocabulary. It does both input and output.
Online Language Resources, from Ireland, has high quality articles accompanied by exercises and grammatical notes. They can used online or printed off. There are also audio files which can be streamed or downloaded to a mobile device, for example. A classroom licence costs 10 euros per student per year ($15 per 9 months), with the teacher's subscription free. Individual students pay the same. Other individual users can buy credits.
Mary Glasgow, from the publisher Scholastic, has on online presence to add to its traditional magazines. An online subscription costs £15 a year. If you buy a magazine it comes as part of the deal. You get "Hundreds of topical teaching resources including worksheets, MP3 listening tracks and exercises, interactive activities, videos and a rich archive of Mary Glasgow magazine articles."
Schoolshape Language Lab is a subscription "language lab" offering a range of online services to teachers and students. "The language lab is a secure interactive teaching and learning platform, designed to encourage regular practice for language learners. Teachers can create, set and assess tasks for their students to perform and submit online." The linked page provides information about its pricing. Parts of the service are free.
Languagenut has games, songs, stories and activities for secondary students. Pricing wsa not clear from the site when I checked in April 2020, but is available on request.
Learn French with Alexa includes videos, reading and listening comprehension,verb conjugation, slang. Approachable and easy to navigate site. You can do free lessons to get the hang of it. Cost: £59 to £99, depending on your package.
Yabla French video immersion course cost £77.95 a year for access to over 1450 video extracts. They say over 1000 schools subscribe ( April 2020).
Exampro is from the AQA examining board and is aimed at teachers. "Exampro GCSE Modern Language products will give you access to hundreds of individual questions, their associated mark schemes, examiner comments and related notes, from reading and listening papers and the power to turn them into teaching , learning and assessment materials." Cost £80 per package. Can be installed across a network. AQA is a registered charity.
LCF Babelzoneis "a fun and interactive language website used by many schools and home learners in the UK and abroad." They have over 300 so gs and activities for French and Spanish. Pricing is not advertised, but when I checked some time ago a yearly subscription to Babelzone was either £69 for a single user at one IP address or £99 for a classroom licence.
Vocab Express is a well-used site for developing skill with vocabulary. It has some flattering testimonials, but I have heard mixed reports overall. Subscription prices are not advertised (pity - that's off-putting to potential users), but I understand they charge £3 per language per student per year. That makes it potentially expensive. You need to register as a guest with an academic email to get further details. They run a national vocab competition.
Linguafun is an online resource for primary teachers which ties in with the English QCA framework. The cost for a school-wide license is £99 per year.’
Doddle is a package of presentations, animations, self-marking homework quizzes, grammar and vocabulary quizzes with feedback, revision materials and practice tests. There's an online mark book to record progress and a voice recorder for oral practice. Flash required. Cost? They don't advertise prices but when I looked in 2016 it was £599 per year, just for French, or £1399 for three years. But you need to check with them. They say:
“For French teachers who are teaching to a demanding specification, Doddle French is an online teaching and learning platform for KS3 and KS4. It provides a wide scope of engaging resources which support specialist and non-specialist teachers to build a foundation for students to be able to read, write, speak and understand French confidently in their exams.”
Thisislanguage has over 2000 authentic video recordings of French speakers. Videos come with exercises, transcripts and translations. They are targeted at GCSE up to advanced level. Cost £300 a year per language plus £2.40 per student. This is not cheap but I have heard nothing but good reports about this resource, especially the video clips.
GrowStoryGrow is aimed mainly at younger learners. It uses stories, rhymes, mimes and MP3 recordings to combine cultural information with simple language. It is used by teachers and parents to excite younger children about languages and the world. School subscriptions are £85 a year or £190 for three years.
Rosetta Stone has an online version. Their pricing starts at around £10 a month for a non-tutor subscription. One of the most popular language learning programmes worldwide. Mainly used by adult learners.
Rocket French is a popular complete online and mobile package for the adult learner. Costs $60 to $180 as a one-off purchase depending on how many levels you buy (1 ,2 or 3).
The cRaMit apps for iPhone/Pad, Android and Kindle are good for vocabulary acquisition. This is one of the better apps out there. They have specific lists for English exam boards. I've tried it and it's a useful purchase for students at £1.99.
News in Slow French would suit older learners and adults who wish to practise their listening skills and who have an interest in current affairs. The site does also contain easier material and grammar exercises. Cost depends on the number of students and range roughly between 420 to $50 a student, but use their calculator for a clearer idea. Each day there are free news reports and there are free Apps too.
Cloud Cuckoo has, firstly, illustrated stories you can stream, read in English with some French vocabulary read in French; secondly pictures you can point at and hear vocabulary displayed and pronounced. Would look attractive on the whiteboard. Cost £4.99 a year for a single subscription.
Not strictly speaking a subscription site, but worth knowing about is AIM language Learning (AIM = Accelerative Integrated Methodology), a package of resources available online, the brainchild of Wendy Maxwell, which has many passionate followers in Canada and elsewhere. The approach makes particular use of gesture, drama, music and group work to get children very actively involved in their learning. Teachers will see much that is familiar in the presentation videos I have linked to, but there is no doubt that the materials are motivating for teachers and pupils, especially younger children. Various packages can be bought individually. Prices are not advertised on the site.