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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


realfrenchplus.net

by Chris Dawson
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Mar 23, 2013 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: RealfrenchPlus.Net is a collection of interactive games and French resources produced by the Department of Information & Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University. Realfrench.net uses games and exercises to review French at a variety of levels. From Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, it uses engaging activities to promote deeper learning and time on task among learners. The version of the site is specially tailored to the three So You Really Want to Learn French books. For those using the So "You Really Want to Learn French" (SYRWTL) French books, the best way of using RealFrench is through the Books section. Topics are presented in the order in which they occur in the books. The interactive question and answer games website includes various grammar or vocabulary games such as Matching, Memory or Translation, BalloonShoot and AppleCatch. The games available vary according to the topic and they have progressive levels of difficulty ranging from more passive to more active. The interactive questions have immediate feedback. The Grammar section games can be selected according to topic from the Beginners grammar games list. One can also select from other grammar activities which contain among others things links to verb conjugation games and searchable Interactive verb tables with soundfiles for all tenses and conjugations. Grammar games and notes section contains comprehensive descriptions of key grammar topics, including sound recordings, interactive self-test games and a mouse-hover glossary function. For some topics you can choose to view either as notes or as a slideshow. There are two types of vocabulary section games: Picture games and Word games. The Picture games section contains a wide variety of games such as Jigsaw and Scratchcard drawn from generic lists produced by the Department of Education. As they were created with the youngest French learners in mind, the emphasis is less on active writing and more on passive recognition through pictures and sounds. The Word games section contains games fully tailored to the various vocabulary lists contained in the SYRWTL French books. These games can be accessed by first selecting the relevant Book from the Vocabulary drop-down menu, then selecting the game you wish to apply, and finally selecting the word group. The site has also supplemental links to France’s regional weather, a phrasebook (which contains over ten thousand categorized words and phrases, many of them with soundfiles), and a “Virtual France” As of February 7, 2013, RealFrenchPlus is a free site providing digital resources to schools and colleges to support French learning and teaching. There is no cost involved in using it.
Learning Goals: Students can improve grammar and vocabulary and some cultural knowledge.Students learning outcomes are divided by French language levels. For year 7 (elementary) level, students will be able to: • Spell (alphabet,) talk about themselves, family, home, hobbies, the classroom, count numbers (from 0 to 100), name classroom objects and animals, say the date, use articles (definite and indefinite ), determine the use of personal pronouns tu versus vous in contexts, use possessive determiners and adjectives. • Conjugate French verbs such as ( avoir, être, regular-er verbs, aller, faire, jouer and pronominal (reflexive) verbs in the present tense and give commands/order someone to do something using the imperative mode. • Name school subjects, features of houses and flats, tell the time, ask basic questions and use the negation. • Able to test their language levels and get relevant feedback regarding an area of weakness For year 8 (intermediate)level, students will be able to: • Say and write the names of countries, express movement to, at, or in a place, or from a place or a geographical location. • Use capitals and small letters with languages, and countries, use the pronoun on, say what the weather's like and count numbers above 100. • Use the immediate future tense and the verbs pouvoir (to be able to) devoir (to have to) and vouloir (to want to). Conjugate regular -ir verbs in the present tense, conjugate in perfect tense (passé compose) with avoir of -er, –ir and -re verbs. • Name different types of sport, items of clothing, food and drinks and mealtimes. Express quantity, form the plurals of nouns, use adjectives describing people and things, and comparative adjectives. • Use vocabulary relating to traveling abroad, holidays and going to the beach, and direct object pronouns (me, te, le). For year 9 (Advanced)level, students will be able to: • Name countries, sports, categories of food and drinks, body parts and the days of the week, • Conjugate in the perfect of tense of -ir verbs, -re verbs, irregular verbs, and pronominal verbs. • Conjugate in the imperfect including the verb être. • Use superlative adjectives, direct object pronouns (me, te, le) and the relative pronouns qui and que and adverbs of time. • Form the negatives with ne … pas, and express opinions. • Use vocabulary relating to the house, and shops and amenities, • Use vocabulary relating to films, books and television, preparing a newspaper or TV report and holidays. For year 10-11 (Advanced level for scholarship candidates, students will be able to: • Talk about routines and activities at home and with family. • Talk about routines and activities at school. • Talk about mealtimes, different types of food and drink. • Talk about things you like to do, transport, holidays, towns and shopping • Talk about parts of the body, health and the environment • Talk about jobs, careers and the media.
Target Student Population: Student population includes : Grade School, Middle School, High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Requires specific prerequisite according to language levels (7,8,9, 10-11). Each level is a prerequisite to the next. Skills Needed: Internet users, familiarity with online games is a plus.
Type of Material: Tutorial, drill and practice, educational games.
Recommended Uses: The materials may be used as individual or class activities, homework or as reference.Students can use the site for exam revision. Teachers can also assign for homework or extra credit.
Technical Requirements: web access

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Interactive games and feedback are well organized and have progressive levels of difficulty ranging from more passive to more active. The interactive questions and answer games have immediate feedback and extensive review (notes) are given for each topic. Memory games, matching, AppleCatch, picture games and others used in this website have the potential to teach problem-solving skills and elicit creativity and learning motivation. Content is correct, complete and engaging. There is a good quantity of game and exercise types to keep the learner interested in the site.
Concerns: Links to “Virtual France” do not work, some typos when describing unit contents. Games: Performing arts: Art and leisure Match up game: the timer stopped. User can’t work Sport: Art and leisure: Word Buster (Player 1, what is the French word for rugby league?). It is not clear where to type and the timer doesn’t count down 20 seconds). -It appears that there is an "overload" of content (the "Virtual France” and "Words and phrases" content and links.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Interactive games and feedback are well organized and have progressive levels of difficulty ranging from more passive to more active. The interactive questions and answer games have immediate feedback and extensive review (notes) are given for each topic. Memory games, matching, AppleCatch, picture games and others used in this website have the potential to teach problem-solving skills and elicit creativity and learning motivation. Learners will enjoy the game-style activities. There is sufficient variety in the exercise types. A wide range of categories and topics are available. Students can do the exercises to prepare examinations in an engaging way.
Concerns: -It appears that there is an "overload" of content unrelated to interactive games and related resources proposed for the website. - The Content may need some reorganization.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: This site has been updated and its interface is attractive and intuitive. There are no serious glitches and few problems with the site.
Concerns: It is somewhat difficult to distinguish the feedback/check marks for correct answers from the wrong ones. It appears that the issue is of clutter.

Other Issues and Comments: none