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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


BBC - Languages French

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 09, 2004 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: Produced by the BBC, Accents D'Europe is an intermediate level audio magazine
for students of French as a foreign language. Audio features narrated in French
by native speakers can be approached by topic or by language function. Users
can listen to whole articles and/or read their transcription. Listening
exercises are included for a portion of each article. External links to a
multilingual dictionary and to other news sources, both broadcast and print, are
also accessible from the home page.
Learning Goals: Students will improve their listening comprehension in French, their vocabulary
and grammar skills. They will also increase their cultural awareness.
Target Student Population: Intermediate level French students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Intermediate reading and listening proficiency
Type of Material: Collection
Recommended Uses: Independent learning and in-class discussion
Technical Requirements: Media player

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: An offering of the excellent BBC Language learning series, this resource
presents
reusable audio segments on a wide variety of topics such as Business and Work,
France and Europe, Education, the Environment, Health, Politics, and Society.
There are a wealth of materials for the adult language learner who seeks to
improve his/her french for professional reasons.
The materials are archived by month, but can also be sorted by topic or language
structure. For example, it is possible to choose the partitive article as a
language focus and do a cloze exercise that asks the user to choose the correct
article. Practicing language in context, the student has direct contact with the
culture as well.
Concerns: It should be noted that there are articles on potentially sensitive and
controversial issues. Faculty should preview modules carefully to gauge item
appropriateness for their learners.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Users can listen to the articles as often as they like, repeating challenging
passages as needed. The articulation and rate of speech mirrors that of
broadcast news. These modules can be used to prepare learners to comprehend
target language news on radio and television without transcription.

The modules will be invaluable for French courses that feature current events,
civilization, and culture. Students can engage in discussion and debate on the
issues presented, and they can engage in writing assignments about the topics as
well.
Concerns:

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Consistent with other BBC language materials, the site is designed for a
worldwide audience with ease of use in mind. Navigation is straightforward and
resources are all a click away.
Concerns:

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