There are many ways to practice a new language!
1) Frenchspanishonline.com: I highly recommend this site. It is one of my favorites. The grammar lessons are great, the vocab. practice by theme is varied and fun, there is a silly song portion, videos and more. It is free, but you have to cope with ads.
2) Duolingo: This is a popular language learning program and app available for your phone, or you can use it on your desktop/laptop. It is free and fun. It has everything from flashcard drills to grammar lessons and funny articles to read.
3) Flash cards work for almost everyone. Make 'cards' (cut up paper or use index cards, or cut up cards), put a word in English on one side, put the equivalent or matching word in French on the other side. You could also draw a picture on one side and put the French on the other side, or do both. For some learners, drawing the word really helps you remember it. You can quiz yourself, quiz out loud by yourself or with another person, dream up card games to do with another person (Matching? Fish?) and more. Try using different colors of paper or ink for masculine or feminine words, or different kinds of verbs.
4) Quia.com: Go to the website, choose 'Visit Quia Web', Students: French, then in Keywords: __________ type whatever you want to practice. Exercises made by teachers who subscribe to the site (not Mme Seymour) will pop up. You will be able to play for a score, and it will usually tell you the right answers. This is good for common vocabulary, but the lists won't necessarily match the vocab. lists we are working on in class.
5) Quizlet.com: You need to sign up for this program. Once you do, you can type in a vocabulary list. Then the program will make flashcard drills and other exercises for you using your own vocabulary. It will tell you how many correct answers you have, and correct answers. You can try again and again!
6) BBC French: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/ . I love this site! There is so much to do on it! Go, explore and learn!
7) Watch a movie you know! Pick a movie you know well (old classics, Disney films, Star Wars) and play it in French! Put on English subtitles as needed. Even better, put on French subtitles! Amazing things happen in your brain as you listen to the French and watch the video. Caution: not all movies have the option to be played in French/have French subtitles.
8) Watch a movie that was made in French, with English subtitles, or for upper levels, without the subtitles! It is such good listening practice, and you are likely to learn about the culture in the French-speaking place where the movie is set, as well.
9) Search the web for radio (music or talk),podcasts, journals, pen pals. There is so much out there! Recently, students recommended newsinslowFrench.com. I checked it out, and it is great! Listen without reading the text, or read it first and then listen with your eyes shut. It will be great listening practice!
10) Meet up with your classmates and TALK! Start with more basic topics: likes, dislikes, the weather, activities, your family, school. Upper levels: use a variety of verb tenses, past, present, future. Most people are surprised at how well they do, and how much FUN it is!! Students sometimes report to me that they went out for coffee and only spoke French with their French-learner friends! Or they had a French student friend over and watched Finding Nemo in French and then spoke only French afterwards. Try it! Mistakes happen-- but you'll be amazed at how well you can communicate!
11) News in Slow French: This is a great way to practice listening and reading, while at the same time expanding your vocabulary and learning about everyday life and politics in France. You can listen to samples, or you can subscribe. Go to: www.newsinslowfrench.com