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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


TV5: La francophonie en images

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.9 stars
Content Quality: 4.8 stars
Effectiveness: 4.9 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 24, 2005 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: TV5 Francophonie en images is a series of videos featuring authors, performers,
and political figures from around the Francophone world. The short modules
provide authentic material for listening comprehension and the study of culture
at an advanced level of French proficiency.
Learning Goals: Users will enhance cultural awareness and practice authentic listening
comprehension in French. The modules will help students increase vocabulary in
the target language and become more familiar with French culture and events.
They will have a chance to hear French as it is spoken in different areas of the
world.
Target Student Population: Students with advanced proficiency in French and native speakers
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Students should have a high intermediate to advanced command of spoken French.
Type of Material: Video clips of Francophone figures in the cultural and political world
Recommended Uses: This material can be used in the classroom as a supplement to a lesson on
Francophone topics or as a homework assignment. Instructors will need to create
supplemental exercises.
Technical Requirements: A media player for audio and video; A high-speed Internet connection is
recommended.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.8 stars
Strengths: TV5 has long been known for its inclusion of all the various voices of the
Francophone world and this learning material is no exception. The content is
accurate and culturally relevant. Each video clip is identified with a brief
biographical summary so that users know what to expect. The program features
access to figures in Francophone history that students may not find so readily
elsewhere.
Interviews are divided into two broad categories: Créativités et savoirs, et
Figures. The figures are categorized as either "Hommes de lettres" or "Hommes
d'Action". Under "Créativités et savoirs" there are live performances, cinema
interviews and features on Science and technology. The interviews are
multicultural, featuring men and women of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Interviews
can be organized geographically by clicking on "Espaces" and the tabs for
different continents.
Many learners of French are likely to have seen films like "The Scent of Green
Papaya" or the "Barbarian Invasions", both of which had worldwide distribution.
It is a rare opportunity to be able to have easy access to interviews with the
directors of these films. Similarly, there are no less than three segments on
Léopold Senghor and a segment with Aimé Césaire on culture and politics. Both of
these figures are represented in French literature and civilization courses
around the world.
Concerns: The title "Hommes de lettres" is not inclusive, as there are currently two women
in this category. Also, it would be an enhancement to hear some female voices
in the "Action" section.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.9 stars
Strengths: Students can use the site to learn about Francophone personalities and to
supplement outside reading. The videos can be used in class to spark discussion
or independently for listening comprehension, vocabulary and phonetic practice.
Students who are preparing oral exposés on Francophone topics can easily refer
to these interviews during their presentations to add an audio-visual dimension
to their presentation. Faculty can develop comprehension and expansion questions
to go with each video.
Concerns: Fiches pédagogiques would be an enhancement to these superb videos. TV5 has
provided these in their Cités du monde series and the same would be welcome here
as well.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The navigation is clear and consistent.Viewers can choose personalities by
region or speciality. Once the cursor is on a particular photo, a short summary
of the clip is shown. The pop-up boxes describing each video segment provide the
user biographical information on each figure in a consistent format. The module
is extremely sophisticated and easy to use.
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