I just read a blog post about typing French accents on the iPad 2. You can press and hold down a letter on the keyboard, causing letters with accents to appear. You would then slide your finger to the accented letter you wish to use.
I recently acquired the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet and thought to try this out on my keyboard - it works! I love the bigger keyboard on the tablet compared to the older (and smaller) tablet I had. It is easier to type and the office program (Polaris) allows seamless integration of multimedia into documents.
This will be great for using in the classroom, especially now that I realize there is an easy way to type French accents on my tablet.