Bien dit!®

Middle and High School French Curriculum Grades 6–12

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    At HMH®, we continually enhance our programs to reflect the latest research. Components recently added to Bien dit!® © 2018 include HMHfyi Français and Integrated Performance Assessments for all levels of the program.

    Mobile-Friendly Online Experience

    Bien dit! Online Editions work on leading tablet devices with no additional purchase required or separate apps to buy. Just use the Web browser to log in with the same username and password you use on a computer.

    HMHfyi Français

    The new HMHfyi Français site provides links to authentic articles and videos with thematic connections to Bien dit! Updated frequently, the Qu’est-ce que tu en penses? feature allows students to vote and see how their opinion on a current topic compares to other HMH students. Discussion questions are also provided. Strategies for working with authentic materials include tips on viewing, listening, reading, cultural appreciation, and research.

    Authentic French Videos

    The new HMH Authentic French Video Resources provides videos with accompanying teaching suggestions, scripts, and worksheets for each level. Aligned to the six AP® themes, these videos offer authentic content, provide context through concepts, and integrate language, content, and culture. Available in spring, 2017.

    News and Networking

    Give your students a direct connection to culture with News and Networking online. We provide current, age-appropriate articles and videos; you get your evenings and weekends back.

    French InterActive Reader

    The InterActive Reader supports the Common Core with selections that are leveled and tied to content areas. The interface provides a rich, seamless experience for students—it’s not just a bunch of PDFs!

    Why Bien Dit

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    • Testimonials

      Where has language taken you? Find out where it has taken the World Language educators in this video.

    • Continuous Improvement

      At HMH, we continually enhance our programs to reflect the latest research. Components recently added to the Online Edition of Bien dit!® © 2018 include Integrated Performance Assessments for all levels, and HMHfyi Français.

    • We’ve Got You Covered!

      Rest assured that Bien dit!® addresses language learning requirements for today’s French classroom.

      Advanced Placement

      Advanced Placement®

      Throughout all levels of the program, solid foundational skills prepare students for success in AP® French. French Pre-AP® Activities at Level 3 accelerate practice and achievement.

      21st Century skills

      21st Century Skills

      Students communicate in authentic contexts that empower them to not only learn French, but also to apply it to the world around them. News and Networking online gives students a path to global participation through a monitored space where they can post comments and read other comments from students around the world. Students can even publish their own articles on the site.

      International Baccalaureate

      International Baccalaureate®

      IB® students succeed through accurate communication and cultural context. Performance Space, through which students complete book activities online, lets students instantly practice and record spoken assignments.

      Common Core

      Common Core

      Bien dit! complies with ACTFL®’s Alignment of the National Standards for Learning Languages with the Common Core State Standards. The French InterActive Reader online supports the Common Core with an emphasis on authentic and informational texts.

    • Scope and Sequence

      The Scope and Sequence provides an overview of the concepts to be covered in a given period of time, as well as how those concepts are addressed over the series as a whole. View the Scope and Sequence to see the progression and order of topic introduction.

      Scope and Sequence (1.85 MB)

    • Correlations

      See how Bien dit!® Prepares your students for the AP® exam.

      Level 1 (748 KB)
      Level 2 (429 KB)
      Level 3 (431 KB)

      Click on the PDFs to see how Bien dit! © 2018 correlates to the ACTFL® national standards.

      Level 2 (104 KB)
      Level 3 (101 KB)

      The following are the ACTFL 2018 Can Do Statements.

      Level 2 (255 KB)
      Level 3 (245 KB)

      The following is a correlation between the ACTFL World Readiness Standards and Bien dit! © 2018.

      Click below to read correlations between Bien dit! © 2018 and national Common Core Standards.

      Level 2 (162 KB)
      Level 3 (168 KB)
    • Authors

      Meet the team that has made Bien dit!® a success.

    • Research

      Holt McDougal Bien dit! Impact Study (2014)

      Evaluates the effect of Bien dit! on high school students' French language performance over the course of an academic year.

    • Sample Online

      We are pleased to offer a preview of our 2018 Online Editions.

      Go to and click Preview, and enter the sample word provided by your Account Executive, brochure, or flyer.

      Preview Online Sample

  • Features

    Give students the ability—and confidence—to thrive in a multilingual world. Bien dit!® features a powerful blend of culture, instruction, and the latest technology, ensuring language that takes you there!

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    • Relevant Culture

      Relevant culture, focused and in-depth, is featured throughout Bien dit!® to provide students an authentic learning experience.

      News and Networking

      News and Networking provides access to high-interest articles and culture videos that are updated throughout the school year. From the Tour de France to the latest Daft Punk album, News and Networking provides current information that will get students communicating! Students can add comments that are monitored, submit their own articles for publication on the site, and get help from their Language Coach. Included in the Online Student Edition.

      HMHfyi Français

      The new HMHfyi Français site provide links to authentic articles and videos with thematic connections to Bien dit! Updated frequently, the Qu'est-ce que tu en penses? feature allows students to vote and see how their opinion on a current topic compares to other HMH students. Discussion questions are also provided. Strategies for working with authentic materials include tips on viewing, listening, reading, cultural appreciation, and research.

      HMHfyi Français

      Location-based Units

      Each unit of Bien dit! takes place in a different country in the French-speaking world, giving students an in-depth view of the culture of different countries.

      Location-based Units

      Flash culture

      The Flash culture features give students information and insight into French-speaking communities, as well as ways to connect to those communities.


      On-location Photos and Video

      Along with location-based instruction, photos and video provide information about specific regions and build students' understanding of the diverse cultures in the French-speaking world.

    • Relevant Instruction

      Do your French students come to you with varying abilities? Every student is different, and Bien dit!® was built to make differentiating instruction seamless.

      Integrated Performance Assessments

      NEW Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs) allow students to demonstrate proficiency and show what they can do in French. IPAs are focused around five modes/skills: Interpretive Listening, Interpretive Reading, Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, and Presentational Writing. Support includes rubrics, graphic organizers, audio, teaching suggestions, and "Let's see what I can do!" checklists.

      • Available at Levels 1–3
      • Conveniently found in the Online Edition under the Student Resources and Teacher Resources tabs

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      HMH Teacher Guides for Google Expeditions

      HMH Teacher Guides for Google® Expeditions allow teachers to integrate the HMH Field Trips powered by Google Expeditions with Bien dit! © 2018. HMH Teacher Guides will reside in the Online Teacher Edition and Resources and will align to chapter locations.

      InterActive Reader

      The InterActive Reader supports the Common Core with a variety of authentic and informational selections at three levels of difficulty.

      @HomeTutor online

      Fun digital activities offer three levels of practice and immediate feedback for students.

      Relevant Instructions

      Information Gap Activities

      Information gap activities in Activities for Communication guide students through paired conversations that make speaking fun!

      Information Gap Activities

      Modality Crosswalks

      Modality Crosswalks offer specific correlations between the ACTFL® modes of communication and program content.

      Modality Crosswalks

      Lesson Planner with Differentiated Instruction

      The Lesson Planner provides suggested activities for advanced learners, slower-paced learners, and students with specific learning needs.

      Pre-AP Digital Resources

      Pre-AP® Digital Resources prepares students for the AP® French Language and Culture Exam. Resources include readings, audio, printable worksheets, teaching suggestions, and more. (Level 3).

    • Relevant Teacher Resouces

      Through a wide variety of interaction, activities, and frequent recycling, Bien dit!® gets students communicating with confidence.

      Performance Space

      Performance Space offers a one-to-one virtual environment where students record their answers for every activity in the textbook and in the French InterActive Reader.

      Performance Space

      Differentiated Practice and Assessment

      Differentiated Practice and Assessment provides two additional versions of the Cahier de vocabulaire et grammaire and Assessment Program to accommodate both slower-paced and advanced learners.

      Differentiated Practice and Assessment
    • Apps

      HMH vocabulary apps put fun practice at students' fingertips and extend language learning beyond the classroom.

      HMH French Vocabulary

      Practice anytime, anywhere with the HMH French Vocabulary app. This app features a proven flashcard learning system to enhance recall and long-term retention. Created for iPhone®, but also compatible with iPod touch® and iPad®, the HMH French Vocabulary app can be used with any French program.


      • 1,500 flashcards organized into themed lists
      • Native-speaker pronunciation with SlowSound Technology
      • A searchable phrase book
      • Multiple-choice quizzes
      • Progress tracking

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      HMH French Vocabulary app on iPhone
    • Available Digital Formats
      Online Edition

      Online Editions

      Our interactive Online Editions include all of the content of the print textbook, plus ancillary items and interactive elements, such as video and quizzes. With purchase of Online Student Editions, teachers also get access to online Teacher Resources as well as online Student Resources. Compatible with desktop, laptop, and netbook computers. Online Editions are mobile friendly for leading tablet devices.


      HMH eTextbooks

      HMH eTextbooks include all of the content from the print textbook and are available across all grade levels and discipline areas. Suitable for most tablets, eTextbooks are portable and easily accessed, with some interactivity depending on the device.

  • Resources

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