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This section offers all language students the materials and services to enhance their learning experience. Check out multimedia materials and language books organised by learning level and marked with a coloured sticker.
→ New resources and textbooks covering the latest publications
→ Thousands of fiction books and audio books organised by language level
→ A film list, offering a selection of French DVDs by language level.
→ Monthly Easy French Kit, offering the latest French news and content

Thousands of titles providing theoretical material for professional development and hands-on information to help in the preparing of classes. Subjects range from linguistics, history of the French language, francophonie, intercultural issues, the European Framework, teaching children, and more!
→ New resources and textbooks covering the latest publication.
→ Available for all to work and read on site
→ Available to borrow for Members – French Language teachers are entitled to a concession




Discover our selection of French poets, word artists and musicians to warm up for the Music rendezvous series at La Mediatheque – More info & book tickets : Music rendezvous with Da Silva, Music rendezvous with Malik Djoudi, Music rendezvous with Yapa

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Dalida, dir. by Lisa Azuelos | DVD (French subtitles available)

Marguerite, dir. by Xavier Giannoli | DVD (French subtitles available)

Gainsbourg – The Untold Story of a Musical Icon, dir. by Joan Sfar | DVD (English subtitles available)

La Vie en Rose, dir. by Olivier Dahan | DVD (English subtitles available)

Les Inrockuptibles | Magazine – Culturethèque

Le chanteur sans nom, by Olivier Balez | Graphic Novel

Le top 100 de la chanson française, by Frédéric Platzer | Non fiction Book

Monstres sacrés : portraits de la chanson française, by Jean-Michel Boris | Non fiction Book

Anthlologie des bourdes et autres curiosités de la chanson française, by Christophe Emault | Non Fiction Book

Je vais pas me taire parce que t’as mal aux yeux : autopsie de la chanson française, by Sarah Dahan | Non Fiction Book

Catch up with our Music Rendezvous Archive’s on




Our Cinema specialist’s choices

La Danseuse, dir. by Stéphanie di Giusto, 2016 | DVD (French subtitles available)
Loïe Fuller was born in the American West. Nothing in her background prepared this robust cowgirl to become the toast of the Parisian cabarets of La Belle Epoque, even less to dance on the stage of the Paris Opera. Then she invents the “Serpentine Dance.” Hidden by yards of floating fabric, her arms extended by two wooden poles, as she moves beneath the stage lights; Loïe becomes a flower, a butterfly, flames, and each night crowds call out for more. But her encounter with Isadora Duncan, a prodigious young dancer hungry for fame and glory, will precipitate the fall of this icon at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Juste la fin du Monde, dir. by X. Dolan, 2016 | DVD (French subtitles available)
After a twelve-year absence, a playwright returns to his hometown planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.

Our Children’s Librarians like

Guide à l’usage des parents d’enfants bilingues, by Barbara Abdelilah-Bauer | Non Fiction Book
L’histoire de France en BD : De 1789 à nos jours !, by Jeanne-A Debats | Young Readers Novel
Scribble & Ink, by Ethan Long | Picture Book
Oscar et ses supers-pouvoirs, by Mélanie Walsh | Picture Book

Discover our handpicked selection on of the latest Children’s e-book on Culturethèque

Our Language Students expert recommends

For beginners – Niveau A
French conversation demystified, by Eliane Kurbegov, | Book and CD

Parlons Mode, français professionnel : Niveau A2- B1, by Malika Belghazi | Book

French in a Day, by Elisabeth Smith | Audio Book

French Verb Tenses, by Jeffrey Chamberlain | Book

French For Primary School Teachers, by Angela McLachlan | Book & CD

Se présenter : Bien dire essentials : Niveau A1 | Audio book

For Intermediates – Niveau B
La grammaire du français en 40 leçons et 201 activités, by Patrick Guédon | Book & CD

Perceval, by Chrétien de Troyes | Book & CD

Word Up, le dico de l’argot bilingue, by Maison des langues | Bilingual dictionary

Brush up your French with hundreds of online language resources on Culturethèque !

Our Arts expert says

Le puits des oiseaux : nature morte, by Jean Christophe Bailly | Photography Book

Le voyage d’un peintre chinois en Bretagne, byYi fu He | Fine Art Book

Gérard Fromanger : exposition, by Centre Pompidou, Michel Gauthier | Exhibition Catalogue

Artographic : Les artistes de XXe siècle de A à Z, by Andy Tuohy | Art Book

Soulages, Papiers, by Pierre Soulages & Jean-Louis Andral | Exhibition Catalogue

Le dessin de presse dans tous ses États, by Gallimard & Cartooning For Peace | Illustration Book

Our literature specialist loves

La Disparition de Josef Mengele, by Olivier Guez | Novel (Renaudot Prize 2017)

L’Ordre du Jour, by Edouard Vuillard | Novel (Goncours Prize 2017)

Souvenirs dormants, by Patrick Modiano | Novel

Les Bourgeois, by Alice Ferney | Novel

Bakhita, by Véronique Olmi | Novel

Je suis Jeanne Hébuterne, by Olivia Elkaim | Novel

Chanson Douce, by Leïla Slimani | Novel (Goncourt Prize 2016)

Babylone, by Yasmina Reza | Novel

Petits riens pour jours absolus, by G. Goffette (2016) | Poems

What are you reading? Find all the classics and just-released novels from across the Channel on the Instiut’s digital platform Culturethèque !

Our Music specialist recommends

Tree of Life, by Yodelice | Mercury records, 2016 | CD – Rock

L’insouciance, by Baptiste W. Hamon | Manassas éditions, 2016 | CD – Folk

Chaleur Humaine, by Christine & the Queens | CD – pop

Né So, by Rokiay Traoré |Warner, 2016 | CD – World music

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