Reviewed: November 6, 2004Overall Rating: 2.5Category Ratings: Content Quality : 2.5Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching...
Reviewed: November 6, 2004Overall Rating: 2.5Category Ratings: Content Quality : 2.5Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool : 2.0 Ease of Use for Students and Faculty : 4.0 Description Overview: For the intermediate and advanced student of French, this program allows students to hear and watch extracts of interviews with various Francophone personalities. No exercises are provided but students have the opportunity to watch clips of various people around the world from the political and artistic world. Learning Goal(s): The user of TV5: La francophonie en images will develop listening comprehension skills and a greater knowledge of different Francophone cultural and political figures. This will help students increase vocabulary in the target language and become more familiar with French culture and current events. Target Student Population(s): Students with intermediate and advanced proficiency in French. Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Students must have the appropriate level of French for listening comprehension of authentic video interviews. Type of Material: Audio and video material clips. Technical Requirements: A media player for audio and video; a new version may need to be downloaded. Evaluation and Observation Rating: 2.5 Category: Content Quality Strength(s): The content is accurate and culturally relevant. Each video clip is identified so students know what to expect. Weaknesses: There are, however, no activities, either before, during or after associated with the video modules. The site would be improved if there were comprehension questions included or at pre-viewing activities. Rating: 2.0 Category: Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool Strength(s): This site could be used as a supplement to study on Francophone culture.Weaknesses:No activities associated with it; instructors would have to develop their own activities to accompany viewing. Rating: 4.0 Category: Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty Strength(s): It is easy to navigate through the site. Viewers can choose personalities by region or specialty. Once the cursor is on a particular photo, a short summary of the clip is shown. Technical Remarks: Moving around the site is fairly straightforward; however, I was asked to download additional software (Real Player 10.5). When I clicked on a photo of a personality, the video started right up but was in another window, and I was not directed there but rather had to find the new window. This can be confusing and lead to the notion that the site is not working properly.