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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Karaoke FLE

by Bonjour de France
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 29, 2013 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: This material is a drill and practice site where a French language learner of any level can practice oral, aural, and written competency by listening to French songs. Divided into three different levels- beginner, intermediate, and advanced, it can be used at any point during a course as an assignment, or as a presentation during class time. It is designed in such a way that the learner can check understanding during each practice. There are six (6) pieces of video music and five ( 5) oral descriptions of various French places such as a bakery, the city of Nice and the tramway system. All Listening activities comprise of cloze/gap-fill exercises. These exercises assess three levels of understanding of oral French: elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Practice listening to French include transcripts, video images of people acting out the themes of a given song. The material is free. There is no cost involved in using it.
Learning Goals: Students will be able to practice pronunciation, listening, and writing. They will be able to check comprehension and writing at different levels of aptitude: • Practice listening, reading, and writing at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. • Understand information, context and vocabulary in order to identify the correct words that belong in the blank space of a text. • Recognize the text’s organizational structure and follow the sequence of ideas expressed • Use scores given during self-assessment to set and maintain goals for improving listening and writing abilities • Make inferences based on text and prior knowledge • Recognize the singer and/or speaker's use of language (formal, informal, slang) • Note how visual aids( in video clips images) support or take away key message • Learn how to buy a tramway ticket and travel • Learn how to buy pastries at a bakery • Learn about touristic places • Reflect upon and assess own listening strengths and needs based on checklist and scores provided by assessment instruments. • Relate what was heard to personal experience or needs • Value listening as a means of learning and enjoyment.
Target Student Population: All levels of French students.Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division Language proficiency levels: Elementary , Intermediate and Advanced.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Activities are tailored to specific language levels which build into each other. Pre-requisite for Elementary French: Middle school levels/ Novice level. Pre-requisite for Intermediate level: Elementary French. Pre-requisite for Advanced level: Intermediate level.
Type of Material: Video/audio listening and gap-fill exercises
Recommended Uses: • The materials may be used in class as listening and writing activities, as homework or as French listening practice. It is suitable for individual use or for team work.
Technical Requirements: Internet Explorer Vista Internet Explorer Windows 8 had graphic challenges. Used Firefox,Internet Explorer and Google Chrome to access the site/material.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The information in Karaoke FLE/"Bonjour de France" is presented in ways that are familiar to students, the material is easy to navigate, interactive and provides feedback for user actions. The users always know if they are waiting for a response from the system, or if the system is waiting for a response from the user. The “Bonjour de France Karaoke FLE” is in the most part self-contained. Cloze exercises tell users when an incorrect response is given and user are given option to correct the mistakes or to continue to the next question. No bugs (links that do not work) found.
Concerns: There are a few distracting design elements (e.g., color, animation, people, foreign/non French words). Difficulty with typing and writing missing words. Repeated attempts are needed.It may take more time for students to figure out when to fill in the blank missing words . Sometimes words are not typed in as directed by the user. A few spelling mistakes. Site needs more materials (songs). Some video scenes might be deemed inappropriate for young viewers.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The information in Karaoke FLE/"Bonjour de France" is presented in ways that are familiar to students, the material is easy to navigate, is interactive and provides feedback for user actions. The users always know if they are waiting for a response from the system, or if the system is waiting for a response from the user. Karaoke FLE website is in the most part self-contained. Students can learn a lot of material in a short time. Instant feedback/ corrections to check understanding is an excellent feature. Interactive and easy to use for the user. Cloze exercises are designed according to language proficiency levels: for elementary level, a word will be randomly withdrawn every sixth lines, and every three ( 3) lines at intermediate level and every line at advanced levels. These activities present levels of difficulty appropriate to each level. Cloze exercises tell users when an incorrect response is given and user are given option to correct the mistakes or to continue to the next question.
Concerns: Cloze activities for Advanced levels: It may be difficult to keep up with the time given to write the missing words. The timing may be fast due to the fact that typing maybe sometimes delayed.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: In several videos, visual aids support key messages and users may be able to infer meaning. For example: Video demonstrations on how to buy a tramway ticket and how to buy pastries at a bakery links images, content and texts. Karaoké website gives listening options: Users may click on the repeat button to listen to words they missed or skip it and continue to listen to the remainder of the song.
Concerns: Content: There are a few distracting design elements (e.g., color, animation, people, foreign/non French words). Close activities for Advanced levels: It may be difficult to keep up with the time given to write the missing words. The timing may be fast due to the fact that typing maybe sometimes delayed.

Other Issues and Comments: The word “plaît” is missing an circumflex accent twice in the first song titled “Protège moi”.