La Revolution Francaise is an excellent site for research on the French Revolution. It can be used as a resource site or a stand-alone study module,due to the great variety of information available. It includes animation, graphics and audio segments that evoke the ambiance of the era. ? There are many useful links. ? The site is an interactive environment using images, graphics, audio and visual material. ? The site is very well organized and each part can be quickly accessed. ? The format of the environment is generally effective ? No links to advertisements
Type of Material:
This site may be used by self-directed learner for research purposes or in a classroom to highlight a lesson on the French revolution.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
? The major learning goal centers on French history.The L2 skills addressed are reading comprehension and writing with backdrop of the history, and social life during the French Revolution. ? Users can familiarize themselves with the French language through a series of exercises related to the theme of the site, be it through historical quizzes and exercises on facts of the revolution, or through the entertaining use of the revolutionary songs and images of the time.
Target Student Population:
Students of French history, civilization and language. History students with French language proficiency.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The site only uses French and therefore satisfies the needs of advanced students, although other students can benefit from visiting the site for cultural images and songs.
The home page lists the various themes of the site, which are arranged chronologically and are readily linkable to other pages through the site. The site is complete with historical, chronological and social information, which is supplemented with tests and pointers to help in the retention of information. Images are well chosen and to the point, music links are under construction although the major songs are already available to listen to and are easy to learn because the lyrics of the songs are available in written form.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The usability of this site will vary because no English is used. It is obviously geared to French students in France but is an excellent site to be used as complementary material to a course on French culture. The language is clear and unambiguous which makes it a perfect site for teaching. Advanced students can browse independently without difficulty through the site. It is engaging because of the interactive potential and because of the resources available.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is an overview of events that occurred during the French revolution. The user is not distracted by any unnecessary information irrelevant to the subject. Most links to other sites work. The music chosen to illustrate the songs is generally well chosen. The site is continually updated.
This site was originally reviewed while on a different server and has been restored to the web at the current URL. Since the initial review date, there are a few formatting issues and broken links to attend to. Nevertheless, it is great to see this resource back on the web.
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