Hello! I’m an American in France this year. I hear there are resources at the BPI for learning French, in particular media-imersion labs. Where are they? Is there a web page you could point me at, or something that details the services available for non-French speakers to learn the language? Thanks,

Réponse apportée le 09/25/2006  par PARIS Bpi – Actualité, Art moderne, Art contemporain, Presse


You will find a self training area at level 2 of the Bpi. The service is available free of charge and enables you to learn French.

Here are all details about it :

Information about…
Self training area

Opening hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays : 12 noon to 10 pm,
Saturdays, Sundays and French public holidays : 11 am to 10 pm.
Closed Tuesdays and the 1st of May.
Special hours :
December 24 and 31, closing at 7 pm.
December 25 and January 1, opening at 12 noon.

This service is located at level 2, and it is available free of charge. It enables you to :

obtain information and improve your skills, and also to update your knowledge in many fields:
Ÿ languages
Ÿ office automation
Ÿ management
Ÿ accounting
Ÿ French
Ÿ science
Ÿ highway code
Ÿ etc.

In the service, you can find
Ÿ 120 terminals divided up as follows :
o 84 computer terminals
o 18 audio/video and audio/DVD terminals
o 18 audio terminals
Ÿ reference books: dictionaries, tests, easy reading and accompanying books for educational software
Ÿ and TV from all over the world: China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and the USA.

The documents can be selected :
Ÿ in the computerized catalogue in the library,
Ÿ in the classification list available on all the computer terminals,
Ÿ in the analytical files of the ring binders in the Self training area.

Access to the consultation terminals :
– periods of one hour,
– reservation on the spot for the same day, no distance reservations or advance reservations.

The consultation terminals must be reserved.
This is done in accordance with the availability of the terminals:
For computer terminals, using the terminals located at the entrance of the area or via the reception area,
For audio/video terminals, via the reception area only.

You are then given a password that enables you to work for one hour in an individual soundproofed booth.

Qualified staff are at your service to welcome you and also to help you in your choice and help you to progress.

You can :
– work at your own pace,
– create your own personal workspace to save your current work within 30 days : self-training, personal works with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, notes,
– print some documents (only with copycards)

This area is a working area, and so you are requested:
– to avoid occupying a workstation if you are not consulting a multimedia document in the centre,
– to avoid disturbing other users (conversations, mobile phones, etc.)

For further information
+33 (0) 1 44 78 13 54


You can :

Ÿ start learning or further your knowledge and practice of 207 languages and dialects,
Ÿ find out about other languages and language schools in Paris and its neighboring suburbs,
Ÿ do personal work (without a teacher) using various aids.

The collections

These are designed mainly for self training, and they are made up of methods at various levels : complete beginners, intermediate, advanced, and specializations (business, law, medicine, science, etc.).
The audio and CD-ROM documents enable you to record your voice and compare it with the model proposed.

These collections cover a wide range and are made up of :
– 740 audio methods,
– 60 video methods,
– over 100 methods on CD-ROMS and Internet sites,
– 150 titles of sound recordings (interviews, tales, speeches, poetry, etc.)
– 130 videos, films in their original version with or without subtitles,
– books: methods, tests, dictionaries, grammar books, easy reading, vocabulary.

145 languages and dialects accessible to all.

A Afrikaans, Albanian, Algonquian, Alsatian, American English, Amharic, Arab (literary, modern and dialectal) Aramean, Armenian, Auvergnat** (langue d’oc)
B Baluchi, Bambara, Bamileke, Baule, Basaa, Basque, Belep, Bengali, Berber, Belorussian, Burmese, Breton, Bulgarian,
C Cajun, Cambodian or Khmer, Catalan, Chechen-Ingush, Cherokee, Chinese, Chinyanja or Nyanja, Choctaw, Corsican, Creoles (Guadeloupe, Haiti, Reunion), Czech,
D Danish, Dyula, Dogon*, Douala, Drehu, Dutch,
E English (standard and regional dialects), Esperanto, Estonian, Ewe, Ewondo
F Fang**, Finnish, French as a foreign language, Fulani,
G Gaelic, Galician, Gascon (langue d’oc), Georgian, German (+dialects), Greek (modern), Gujarati,
H Hawaiian, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian,
I Icelandic, Ibo, Indonesian, Inuktitut*, Irish (gaelic), Italian,
J Japanese, Judeo-Spanish,
K Kazakh, Khowari, Kituba, Korean, Kurdish
L Lakota, Langue d’oc, Lao, Lapp, Latin, Latvian, Lifu, Limousin (langue d’oc), Lithuanian, Luxembourg German,
M Macedonian, Malaysian, Malagasy, Maori, Maya, Mohawk, Mongol, More
N Nahuatl, Navajo, Nepalese, Ngbaka**, Niçois (langue d’oc), Norman (langue d’oïl), Norwegian,
O Occitan,
P Pashto, Punjabi, Persian, Picard (langue d’oïl), Pidgin, Polish, Portuguese, Provençal (langue d’oc),
Q Quechua,
R Rhaeto-Romance or Romansh, Romanian, Romany, Rundi or Kirundi, Russian,
S Sanskrit, Serbo-Croatian, Shona, Singhalese, Slovakian, Slovenian, Somali, Soninke, Sotho*, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish,
T Tagalog, Tahitian, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tswana, Turkish, Twi,
U Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek,
V Vietnamese,
W Walloon, Welsh, Wolof,
Y Yiddish, Yoruba,
Z Zerma** or Songhai-Zerma, Zulu.

* Film only. ** Sound recordings only.

Langues-Info (Language Information)

This database enables you to find out about language courses available in Paris and its neighboring suburbs.
“Langues Info” can be consulted on the spot : “Autres sources d’information” (Other information sources) button on the left-hand bar of the multimedia displays.
and and on the Bpi Internet site: http://www.bpi.fr, in the “Ressources” section.

Bonjour/Salut collection

The Bpi produces and edits a collection of language methods entitled Bonjour/Salut.
Each method is made up of a book and 5 or 10 cassettes in : West Armenian, Modern Greek, Fulani, French, Malagasy, Tahitian, and Tamil.
These bilingual methods have been designed for individual studies, and they are easy to use; they enable users to familiarize themselves with the basic structures of the languages. The recordings reproduce the full dialogues and a selection of exercises with their correct versions.
They are on sale in the Flammarion bookshop in the Pompidou Centre and in specialized bookshops, and, for communities and libraries, at:
Documentation Française
124 rue Henri-Barbusse
93308 Aubervilliers cedex

Other subjects

You can :
Ÿ Start learning about new techniques or acquiring new knowledge,
Ÿ Further familiarize yourself with techniques that you already possess, or refresh knowledge that you had forgotten,
Ÿ Revise programmes at a school level to prepare for examinations, especially the Baccalauréat,
Ÿ Work with software that you have already used, but with which you need to further familiarize yourself.

The collections

Educational software:
CD-ROMS and computer-assisted teaching sites on the Internet can provide you with interactive courses, application exercises and tools to help you assess the skill you have acquired.

Software :
These concern mainly office automation : Microsoft office 2000 (Word, Excel, Access), and they can help you to put into practice or refresh knowledge that you have acquired.

About 300 educational software in the following fields:

Career orientation
Computer technology: initial courses, programming, etc.
Computer technology: Courseware in office automation: word processing, spreadsheets, database management systems, etc.
Economics – business: accounting, management, etc.
Examinations and entrance examinations
General culture
Graphics: desktop publishing, retouching images, etc.
Highway code
History – Geography
Internet – networks
Languages: French as mother tongue: grammar, spelling, etc.
Music theory
School programmes
Science and technical subjects: mathematics, medicine, physics, chemistry, etc.

And elsewhere…
You can find language methods, educational software programs and other programs in some other libraries in the Paris area :

In Paris
– Autoform@tion : Service of the Multimedia library in the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie
– In some libraries of the City of Paris : the possibility of borrowing language methods.

In the Paris area
Municipal libraries in :
– Issy-les-Moulineaux,
– Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines,
– Fresnes,
– Rueil-Malmaison,
– Aulnay-sous-bois
– …

Kind regards,

Eurêkoi / CB
Bibliothèque publique d’information
Service des réponses à distance
Site internet : http://wwww.bpi.fr

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