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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Karen Forsythe (Administrator), Feb 26, 2012
Comment:

This site is a fantastic repository for students to hear the varying speech patterns and accents of native Spanish-speakers from many different countries and regions.  Recognition of varying dialects is an important part of language learning.  If a student were to travel to Spain, Argentina and Chile, respectively, they would undoubtedly hear very different forms of Spanish with unique vocabulary, phrases, accents and in some cases grammatical uses (i.e. "vos" verb tense implemented in South America, but uncommon in Mexico) while in each country.  Though it may require a more trained ear to hear the nuances of every speech pattern, simply hearing the varying accents is a valuable tool for learners of any foreign language.  Since mort learners will not have the resources to actually travel to every region to hear these speech nuances in person, having access to these short videos all in one concise website is invaluable.

Technical Remarks:

The site is organized with a very user-friendly interface, allowing easy navigation across different levels of spanish-speaking proficiency.  The choice of language transcription provided in each video, either in Spanish or English (or turned "off"), enables students to read along with text as a speaker orates those exact words.  An immediate translation into English, with the click of a button (even while the video is running) provides a useful platform for seeing and hearing language in use.  The sections to the right of the main page highlight useful grammar, vocab and phrases used within that particular task lesson.  This is beneficial for students as they begin to produce language and actually engage in implementing orally what they have heard in the different videos of each task.

Time spent reviewing site: Several Hours