The Department of French and Italian

Department Resources

Français Interactif

Francais Interactif

Français Interactif explores the French language and culture by following the lives of real students from the University of Texas who have participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France.

In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, the site includes interviews of native French speakers, as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions in France. Français Interactif combines podcasts, downloadable audio and video files, plus online activities into an enjoyable and engaging format.

Tex's French Grammar

Tex's French Grammar

Tex's French Grammar (la grammaire de l'absurde), a pedagogical reference grammar that combines explanations with surreal dialogues and cartoon images. Originally built for students at the University of Texas at Austin as a user-friendly guide to French grammar, this website may be profitably used by any learner of French, provided he or she possess a sense of humor. Tex's French Grammar is arranged like many other traditional reference grammars with the parts of speech (nouns, verbs, etc.) used to categorize specific grammar items (gender of nouns, irregular verbs). Individual grammar items are carefully explained in English, then exemplified in a dialogue, and finally tested in self-correcting, fill-in-the-blank exercises.

Radio Arlecchino

16th-century Commedia dell'arte meets 21st-century podcasting!

Radio Arlecchino

Students of Italian and the chronically curious are invited to subscribe and listen: Radio Arlecchino is on the air! The stickier points of Italian grammar are elucidated by Italian faculty members Antonella Olson and Eric Edwards with the assistance--interference?--of Arlecchino, Pulcinella, Colombina and other characters from the Commedia dell'arte.

The podcast offers our students grammar without the grind and cultural and vocabulary notes on the go. Listeners can ask questions and leave comments on the Blog. Buon lavoro e buon divertimento!

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