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" The songs just stick in your head ! .....we get to do it ourselves, it's like DIY...."
Year 5 pupils, Monkton Park Primary School Chippenham

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" ZIM ZAM ZOUM gives the children enthusiasm for the language, helps them to feel they are achieving and leaves them singing the songs for days! "
French teacher, The Dragon School, Oxford

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" Zim Zam Zoum is brilliant! It makes people enjoy learning French. The singing is the best bit. "
William, aged 6, Oxfordshire


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" ZZZ is a fun and easy way to learn French at home and school. I love it ! "
William's Mum, Sally Fitchett

 


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The Zim Zam Zoum software is an innovative programme designed in 4 separate modules, for children aged 6 to 12, to support their French learning on the home computer. It has the unique feature of focusing the learning on charming, quirky animations of the high quality and melodic songs featured on the audio CDs.

For parents who are interested in working with their children at home, there are also two extra features: animated explanations of simple grammar, followed by interactive exercises and the differentiated activity sheets.

yellowZIM ZAM ZOUM Module 1 covers: greetings, asking and saying name, age and where you live, colours, asking and saying how you are, days of the week, numbers, weather, animals, describing a pet, nouns of the natural world, the grammar of gender, articles and plurals and much more:

  • 7 units, each with an animated song
  • karaoke tracks and printable song-words
  • printable differentiated activity sheets
  • animated grammar explanations with interactive exercises

Contents:

  • Zim Zam Zoum – an introduction to the characters (Topics: greetings; saying name and nationality; some action words)
  • Bonjour, bonjour, salut ! (Topics: asking and saying name, age, where you live and your favourite colours)
  • Les Vingt Bonbons (Topic: counting to 20)
  • Comment ça va ? (Topic: asking and saying how you are)
  • Imagine ! (Topics: the natural world; further use of colour; gender; how to form the plural with definite articles)
  • Quel temps fait-il ? (Topics: weather phrases; days of the week)
  • Tu as un animal ? (Topics: animals; talking about pets, saying their name and giving a short description with adjectives; how to form the plural with indefinite articles)

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Price: £26.00 + VAT

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module 2ZIM ZAM ZOUM Module 2 covers: classroom items and instructions, family, calendar, birthdays, places around town, directions, likes and dislikes, food, sport, healthy and unhealthy options, opinions, the alphabet, phonemes/graphemes prepositions and more about gender markers. There is also an introduction to some cultural and historical topics.

  • 7 units, each with an animated song
  • karaoke tracks and printable song-words
  • printable differentiated activity sheets

                                                       Contents:
  • Zim Zam Zoum (A new version of the theme song)
  • L’autobus va en ville (Topics: places around town, directions, gender and definite articles)
  • La Salle de Classe (Topics: classroom items, instructions, imperatives, gender and indefinite articles, French cultural and historical topics)
  • L’anniversaire (Topics: months of the year, birthday, how to say the date)
  • J’aime et je n’aime pas (Topics: likes and dislikes, food, sport, leisure, opinions, healthy and unhealthy choices)
  • La Photo de ma Famille (Topics: family members, mon, ma, mes, prepositions)
  • L’alphabet (Topics: words beginning with each letter of the alphabet, spelling words, some common phonemes/graphemes)

Price: £26.00 + VAT

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(Modules 3 & 4 are due for publication in 2009)


Features of the ZIM ZAM ZOUM Software

  • 7 fully animated original songs, which are themed to support topics usually introduced in the first year of French. Most songs are in dialogue form and act as a springboard to real conversation.

  • The voices of native French children are embodied in charmingly drawn and animated characters, with which children immediately engage.

  • Karaoke tracks and printable song-words in French and English allow children to learn and sing the songs.

  • Lip synchronisation of the animations helps children in their pronunciation.A button bar allows you to remove the music to focus on pronunciation, and then to remove the voices so, once they know the songs, children can sing along karaoke-style.

  • Animated grammar explanations and examples, with interactive keyboard exercises, help children to assimilate some basic knowledge of how the French language works.

  • Printable activity sheets (with answers) consolidate the vocabulary of the songs and expand understanding of the French language. Written at two levels, a Piste Verte for younger children and a Piste Rouge for older children or more intensive study, these sheets are based on the songs and comprise word-searches, crosswords, gap-fill, code-breaking, role-play etc.

  • Guidance notes - all in PDF form

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Benefits

  • Repetition without boredom: the animated songs are like role-plays or conversations set to melodic and memorable tunes. Each song presents words, phrases and sentences on two or three vocabulary topics and, because they are songs, all the repetition that is so necessary in foreign language learning happens naturally. Children revisit their classroom learning when they sing the songs again with their friends in the playground, or teach their siblings at home.


  • Motivation and participation: the animations and catchy melodies immediately engage the children and the visual aid doubles their understanding, making them all the keener to learn.

  • Support of QCA KS2 Scheme of Work, KS2 Framework for Languages and Scottish 5 – 14 Guidelines.

  • Flexibility: all ages from 6 – 12 will enjoy and learn from Zim Zam Zoum at their own level.

  • Value for money: unlike many resources available for home French learning, which are one-play activities, this programme can and should be used over and again, as children learn more and more from it with every playing, while their enjoyment of it seems to be unending!

  • Performance: performance is a great reward for children and these songs have little stories to them that lend themselves to performance. Providing karaoke tracks makes this easy.

  • Confidence: children are able to take part in fully, without embarrassment or fear of failure, as they are joining in singing, which is a great pleasure for most children.

  • Ease of navigation

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