French Classes is a website that contains French lessons with accompanying exercises, transcriptions with audio, and 120 dictation exercises. The thirty-six beginner lessons will take you through the basics and lead you to full immersion at the intermediate and advanced levels. There are also about 200 supplementary audio lessons about travel, news, society, and culture with accompanying transcripts and contextual notes to support your learning.
Each lesson is divided into two parts. The first part contains a grammar lesson, while the second contains a series of exercises. Both sections have an accompanying audio file recorded by native speakers. Unfortunately, the website does not detect your mistakes automatically, so you will have to check your responses yourself for the dictation and grammar exercises. This also means that you have to grade yourself on your progress.
Overall, French classes may not be worth the investment unless you truly enjoy reading and listening to long grammar explanations. Also, you probably won’t be able to advance through the lessons without the support of other resources, like a private tutor.
As an alternative, learners of all levels can check out TV5 Monde, while beginners may want to try French in Action or Podcast Français Facile . These are all free resources that have dynamic lesson structures.
The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.