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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Visite à Paris

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jul 01, 2005 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: This site was born out of an individual faculty member's need to give his
Belgian students some background before taking a field trip to Paris. In order
to check their prior knowledge of the French capital, he constructed over forty
exercises using Hot Potatoes (see review in MERLOT). The exercises are
interactive and adaptable to any classroom or online lesson on the city of
Paris. Most of the exercises are in the target language, although some Dutch is
used in certain exercises. There are also video clips with accompanying
exercises.
Learning Goals: The learner will become acquainted with monuments and attractions in Paris,
France. Listenig comprehension will also be enhanced through the use of
authentic video.
Target Student Population: Students in the first year of French language study can use some of these
materials, while others will require somewhat higher proficiency.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: French reading proficiency
Type of Material: Quiz, tutorial, video
Recommended Uses: In-class or for independent study
Technical Requirements:

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The presentation is lively and engaging. All of the major monuments one might
expect to visit on a first trip to Paris are included-the Eiffel Tower, the
Louvre, Sacré Coeur and Montmartre. Students will enjoy showing what they know
about such cultural icons while learning new facts and vocabulary. The
interactive map is engaging and can help students construct their own mental map
of the city. The carte interactif is really the best tool with which to navigate
the site.

Visite à Paris contains exercises for listening and reading comprehension, with
an ample amount of pertinent graphics. Some comprehension questions are in
French, while others are in Dutch to accommodate the needs of the population for
whom they were initially designed.
Concerns: It would be an improvement to have a short explanatory paragraph about each
monument before proceeding to the exercises. This could be accomplished by
clicking on the image and either launching a pop-up or a new web page.

An additional possible enhancement would be to have a French language version of
all the exercises on the site.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This site is an excellent example of how to use software like Hot Potatoes to
construct language learning experiences while giving students a more immediate
experience of the monuments of Paris. The site can be projected in a classroom
or assigned for homework. It would also be an appropriate site to use in
conjunction with other Paris-related web sites previously reviewed in MERLOT,
such as Parillusion, Retrouvez le Sourire and Chloé.

The use of video for listening comprehension exercises is another of the site's
strengths. The clip collection features a TF1 broadcast on the new gallery for
the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. The universal appeal of this short segment makes it
very reusable. A similar exercise exists for Notre Dame de Paris and one can
only imagine that the author will add to this fine video collection.
Concerns:

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The site makes a pedagogically sound use of the software Hot Potatoes and an
appropriate use of short video clips. Students have the ability to play and
replay to perfect comprehension. They get valuable feedback as they complete
the accompanying exercises.

The site is visually appealing without being overly decorative. The author seems
to have placed his emphasis squarely on the monuments themselves which was most
appropriate to his purpose.
Concerns: The author should consider putting a link to his home page or to the "Index des
exercices" on each page of the site. This will make navigation more
straightforward for users.

Other Issues and Comments: