Satellites Français is a French-language BBC schools radio series from the 1990s, covering French Language for secondary school pupils.
A series of reading books for young teenagers, published as books and read on the radio to help pupils follow along and hear the sound of the words.
The Satellites books are a mix of original stories, adaptations, and - to offer a different experience of language, alliteration and so on - poetry collections.
The stories are arranged into three levels of increasing complexity, designed to accompany the first three years of the Étoiles ("Stars") language course produced by the BBC and the publisher Longman.
|1 (1).||Rendez-moi mes poux!||Marie-Thérèse Bougard||25 May 1993|
|2 (2).||Guillaume le Conquérant||Amanda Rainger||25 May 1993|
|3 (3).||Toi dit l'enfant blanc||chosen by Jane Cottave||25 May 1993|
|4 (4).||Vacances en Ardèche||Marie-Thérèse Bougard||25 May 1993|
|5 (5).||Les parents impossibles||Amanda Rainger||26 May 1993|
|6 (6).||La Tour Eiffel||Bazyli Solowij||26 May 1993|
|7 (1).||La villa d'en face||Boileau-Narcejac, adapted by Marie-Thérèse Bougard||26 May 1993|
|8 (2).||Marcel et La Joconde||Stephen Rabley||26 May 1993|
|9 (3).||Trois microbes||chosen by Jane Cottave||27 May 1993|
|10 (4).||Le vendeur de glaces||Bazyli Solowij||27 May 1993|
|11 (5).||Mission accomplie||Amanda Rainger||27 May 1993|
|12 (6).||Le carnaval de Québec||Christiane Dorion||27 May 1993|
|13 (7).||Le journal de Caroline||Marie-Thérèse Bougard||28 May 1993|
|14 (1).||Qui sait?||Guy de Maupassant, adapted by Amanda Rainger||28 May 1993|
|15 (2).||Des cornichons au chocolat||Stéphanie, adapted by Bazyli Solowij||28 May 1993|
|16 (3).||Le foulard rouge||chosen by Jane Cottave||28 May 1993|
|17 (4).||Le Tour de France||Barbara Tombs||29 May 1993|
|18 (5).||Nuit de tempête||Marie-Thérèse Bougard||29 May 1993|
|19 (6).||Ramadan à Djibouti||Bazyli Solowij||29 May 1993|
|20 (7).||L'Acade en fête||Barbara le Blanc||29 May 1993|
- Summer 1993 - weeknights from 2:30am, 25th-29th May on BBC Radio 3, four episodes at a time
- Autumn 1993 - weeknights from 2:30am, 19th-23rd October on BBC Radio 3, four episodes at a time
|With thanks to||The Canadian High Commission in London for their help with the Canadian stories|
A 4-page folded booklet of teacher's notes (pictured above) described each of the stories and suggested how to use them.
Each story was published as a 16-page, colour illustrated reading book, available to schools as a package for £35. Scans of several of these books can be consulted in the Internet Achive library books to borrow collection.
The readings were also published in a set of three audio cassettes, available to schools for £22.95.
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