Culturethèque – the digital library for the promotion of French in secondary schools in German and Italian-speaking Switzerland

French language

Updated on 19/03/2021

The distribution of Culturethèque in Switzerland is part of partnerships with the educational authorities of the German- and Italian-speaking cantons in order to support the teaching and learning of the French language.

Since 2018, the Culturethèque digital platform has been integrated into a local Swiss school system in a way that is unique and exceptional in its scope. With the signing of a partnership agreement between the French Embassy in Switzerland and the administrative authorities of the Canton of Zurich, the platform has been made available to all of the Canton's public secondary schools (high school equivalent).

The objectives of the partnership are to :

  • enhance the image of the French language among young people through modern tools and authentic resources in the various fields of knowledge and culture;
  • respond to the demand of French teachers regarding the means to integrate the digital transition in their teaching.

The cultural services of the French Embassy in Switzerland accompany this deployment with a sustained training program for French teachers and language assistants.

For 2021, the initial experimentation has been extended to other educational authorities in the German and Italian speaking cantons, always with the aim of supporting the teaching and learning of the second national language in a context of digital transition.

New areas of development are being prioritized to reinforce the attractiveness of the French language. These are :

  • Facilitating the use of the platform through adapted supports: user guides, communication supports and video tutorials produced and translated by Culturethèque Suisse, to discover here.
  • Facilitate the use through adapted technologies: interfacing with the authentication systems in place in the schools. The students connect with the identifiers of the usual digital work environment..
  • Communication campaign adapted to the target audience (French learners) on social networks and contest on Instagram (@culturetheque_suisse): turnkey contests ("discovery" or "comic strip") are proposed to teachers who can relay the information directly to their students or be integrated into their teaching.

Pupils and students from partner schools were able to exchange directly with authors during the organization of "Comic Book" workshops with the illustrators Chloé Wary, with "Saison des roses" and Zeina Abirached with "Le piano oriental", works that are accessible on Culturethèque.

The cultural services of the French Embassy in Switzerland have also decided to highlight French-speaking Swiss creations and cultural works:

  • Integration of Swiss authors in the catalog of digital books so that they are accessible to all Culturethèque subscribers, wherever they are in the world; 
  • Partnership with Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) for the integration of adapted video content, accessible to all French speakers in the world
  • Addition of French-speaking Swiss press titles to the catalog


Finally, pedagogical partnerships and teachers' skills have been strengthened thanks to the implementation of a continuing education program for secondary school teachers. But also in the training of future teachers of French at the secondary and primary levels (partnership with several universities and pedagogical colleges).

This 360° partnership makes it possible to promote the French language and French-speaking cultures to young people.

Culturethèque in a few figures


Culturethèque in Switzerland in 2020

  • 23 000 visits
  • 42 200 works consulted


Culturethèque in the world in 2020

  • 1 220 000 visits
  • 3 023 000 works consulted