La Tour Eiffel cyberenquête is a self-contained web activity that allows the learner to thoroughly explore for comprehension information provided at the official Eiffel Tower web site. Students will find information about the history and present day operation of the celebrated Parisian landmark. In addition to a guided tour of the site and its features, in the form of a questionnaire with almost seventy items, faculty will also find suggestions for creative expansion activities in the classroom.
To increase cultural and historical awareness of a Parisian monument and cultural icon.
Target Student Population:
Students of French at the intermediate level or in second semester college french or above.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Intermediate French proficiency
Type of Material:
Scavenger hunt and expansion activities
Homework, self-directed learning, group work
Evaluation and Observation
The answers to the questions on the Eiffel Tower questionnaire can all be found on the official web site for the monument, which is a stable web site unlikely to be removed from the web. This is one of several such web activities designed by the same authors on French topics. The format is straightforward and consistent. The activity can be printed out as a Word document. There are links to several German-French online dictionaries proposed to help German speaking students with new vocabulary. There is also one link to a French online dictionary.
Following the dictionaries are questions on a variety of topics relating to the Eiffel Tower. In addition to deepening cultural awareness, students practice reading comprehension.
Following the questionnaire, there are expansion activities that can be used in the classroom or for homework once students have completed the questionnaire.
The link to the French dictionary was broken at the time of review. This needs to be replaced by another online dictionary, perhaps the TV5 Langue française dictionary or the TLFi.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This is a great site to stimulate cultural awareness and to lead into the more elaborate expansion activities. The questions probe students to uncover concrete information and some trivia about the Eiffel Tower that students may find engaging. The expansion activities propose tasks that allow students to practice narration, engage in role-playing, and exchange information.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The design is straightforward with an emphasis on functionality. The ability to print the questionnaire and activities is a positive feature. It would be nice to have an indication of the date of latest modifications. Links to dictionaries in additional languages would be an enhancement and make the activity more widely usable.