EntreCultures 1A & 1B for Middle School ©2025

EntreCultures 1A & 1B for Middle School ©2025
Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Level 1A & Level 1B / Novice Low — Novice High

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Levels 1A and 1B of the EntreCultures series are designed for middle school students. The two books begin building foundational language skills, encourage an inquisitive mindset towards the Francophone world, and help students develop cultural insights necessary to experience life "entre cultures," using French to build communities.


The standards-based EntreCultures program is all about teaching French language and francophone cultures to novice through intermediate learners through the lens of interculturality. Students discover appropriate ways to interact with a variety of perspectives by exploring the lives of teens across the francophone world and engaging with authentic resources from the beginning.

Silence, s’il vous plaît !

Life in Cairo, Egypt is anything but quiet. Day and night, Samir hears continuous noise, in spite of his attempts to ignore or eliminate it. Even his family is noisy! Desperate to sleep and study, Samir makes a bold attempt to escape the noisy city– even though it requires abandoning his family. He soon discovers that living without family in a constant state of ‘quiet’ is not as wonderful as he thought.

Silence, s’il vous plaît ! was written to pair with EntreCultures 1 and targets the Novice Mid to Novice High proficiency range.
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Listening and Speaking Practice

Now, your learners can practice their listening and speaking skills in a safe, confidence-building environment with the characters of Silence, s’il vous plaît!. Wayside and Nualang are partnering to create character chatbots to help your students become more confident listeners and speakers.
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EntreCultures Features

  • Each teacher edition of EntreCultures shows you how to incorporate proficiency-based instruction into your classroom, provides ample tips and suggestions throughout each unit, and includes a helpful section on teaching strategies. We also provide assessment guidelines, rubrics for IPAs, analytic and holistic rubrics, and more, on Learning Site®.

  • The EntreCultures series includes AP® and IB themes from the very beginning. and teacher resources in the front and end matter of the Teacher Edition outline AP® and IB themes and subthemes. so you can start your learners on the right foot.

  • The EntreCultures series is chock-full of authentic resources, like podcasts, news stations, video bloggers, and more. The resources are unit-aligned and taken from across the French-speaking world.

  • The U.S.-based authors of EntreCultures, all educators and leaders in the field, considered a variety of learner and educator styles in the backward design of the series.

  • Assignable Can-Do statements in each unit of EntreCultures show learners a direct connection between tasks and what they are aiming to be able to do in French. Learners can upload completed Can-Do assignments to their student portfolios to show growth, and when it is time to evaluate their learning, students can complete performance-based formative and summative assessments.

  • EntreCultures nurtures your learners' interculturality by layering in reflection on the products, practices, and perspectives of French-speaking communities, as well as how diverse language, culture, geography, and environments affect the world around them.

  • Wayside has more than 20 French CI/ADI readers, and our library continues to grow, so you will be sure to find plenty of readers to fit your learners' needs.

  • Most middle school instructors cover less material in a single year than at the high school level. For this reason, we have published Level 1A and 1B. And to help middle schoolers as they return to school after summer break, Unit 3 from 1A is reviewed at the start of 1B.

  • EntreCulturas fully aligns with ACTFL's World-Readiness Standards and incorporates the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, performance descriptors, and proficiency guidelines.

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  • Professional Development

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"With units built around rich cultural topics and compelling essential questions, EntreCulturas and EntreCultures are the perfect fit for our IB Middle Years Programme. We love the focus on the development of both language and cultural proficiency and the wide range of communicative learning activities that work as well in middle school as they do for high school learners."

Molly Wieland

K-12 World Language and Immersion Coordinator, Hopkins, MN

As the World Languages Coordinator for Tulsa Public Schools, EntreCulturas and EntreCultures are my top textbook choices for Spanish and French.

Whitney Stafford-Najibi

OFLTA President-Elect, Tulsa, Oklahoma

"Historically, I have never really been a textbook following language teacher - but wow, Wayside Publishing's EntreCultures blew me away this week when I reviewed it for school adoption this fall! Bravo!"

Jeannie Starman

French Teacher, NC

"I can't write enough about how great EntreCultures is. I love that it has the themes and the essential questions from the AP®, starting in level one! It is so much more 'real' to have all the lessons in context, meaningful, relevant, connected, and correlated in a manner that gears students for higher-level thinking and learning. By the time they take AP®, they will be so prepared."

A. Leonardo


Wayside Publishing not only provides high-quality teaching materials, but they are a great company to work with. Their generosity and support in sponsoring the non-profit Manie Musicale Collaborative have been incredible. I highly recommend their personable and helpful staff.

Michelle Fournier

French teacher, Falmouth, Maine

Each book comes with a subscription to Learning Site®

The Interactive Digital Textbook

Your FlexText® is the page-by-page digital version of the textbook and is available through your Explorer® class or the FlexText® Library link on your Dashboard. Don't want to bring home your textbook? No problem! FlexText® is available wherever there is internet access.

A Community Bulletin Board

Learners and teachers alike use the Classroom Forum anytime as their online community bulletin board. Teachers love posting lesson openers, polls, links to external resources, and more. And students can comment, exchange GIFS, and upload audio, videos, and photos.

Learning to hold a conversation

Mock conversations with pre-recorded conversation prompts challenge your learners to hone their conversational skills. Learners record themselves replying to comments and questions, and the recorded conversations can be added to their portfolio as an artifact.

Tracking Their Own Progress

Online student portfolios follow learners from unit to unit, level to level. Students can upload evidence of what they can do in the language - assigned Can-Do statements, activities, quizzes, audio files, PowerPoint and Word files, and more. This allows them to set goals and reflect on their progress related to Can-Do Statements.

Efficient, Integrated Grading

Use the online calendar to remind students of upcoming assignments and deadlines, assign tasks to specific learners or an entire class, and more. Explorer® lets you know when your students complete their work and alerts students as soon as you’ve graded. Grade each quiz question response without opening each question in Explorer®. Automatic grading is available where appropriate.

More Than 200 Ideas

Wayside’s Instructional Strategies Toolkit provides loads of instructional ideas and approaches that can be filtered by mode, skill, proficiency level, activity type, learning style, and more! Whether you are a new teacher or want to find new strategies, the toolkit provides built-in world language methodology and pedagogy training at any time.

Additional Resources

Complete the EntreCultures Collection


EntreCultures 1 ©2025

Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Novice Low — Novice High

EntreCultures 2 ©2025

Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Novice High — Intermediate Low

EntreCultures 3 ©2025

Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Intermediate Low — Intermediate Mid

EntreCultures 4 ©2025

Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures

Intermediate Mid — Intermediate High

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