CLEMI Ressources pour la Classe is a website whose goal is to promote media education at all levels in the classroom. While the videos and accompanying pedagogical documents are most suitable for advanced high school students (French IV and/or AP) and college students enrolled in an upper-level French conversation or media course, many of the website's ideas for involving students in the production and analysis of news media could be adapted to beginning and intermediate French students as young as middle school. Students who make use of the site will improve their listening and reading comprehension, as well as gain valuable cultural information and critical thinking tools, as they study material from a variety of French media sources.
Viewing the videos in the ARTE.tv section of the site and completing the accompanying worksheets will enable students to improve their listening comprehension skills, as well as to increase their vocabulary and cultural awareness (by becoming more familiar with the French press and current news topics in France), all the while improving their critical thinking.
Target Student Population:
Intermediate and advanced students of French language and French studies. Advanced high school students (French IV or AP) upper-level college students (French conversation or media course)
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Intermediate to advanced comprehension levels
Type of Material:
Web resources made up of pedagogical videos and worksheets.
French language instructors can use the videos in the "Témoignages" section to discover original ways to integrate media education into their lessons. The videos in the "Modules vidéos" section, especially those provided by ARTE.tv, lend themselves well to direct use in the classroom. The clips are short (2-3 minutes) and cover a variety of thought-provoking topics (from the risks of nuclear power to children's views on the comic book genre to the new Fratellini circus school in Paris.) They are each accompanied by a full French transcription of the original news broadcast, a list of images with the exact shot and transition used, as well as a series of questions geared toward helping students begin to think critically about the information with which they are bombarded on a daily basis.
This resource could be profitably used in intermediate and advanced French language classes and as an introduction to work with French media.
Evaluation and Observation
This resource provides a unique and authentic perspective into the journalistic process with a target audience of high school/ lycee students in French. Although the resource is intended for this group, students of all countries could use the materials to analyse freedom of the press throughout the world. The feature Renvoye Special, allows journalist who flee their country for lack of freedom of the press to interact with French students. This resource could be profitably used with the Newseum materials, also reviewed in MERLOT.
The site does not always appear to follow a clear organizing principle: The ARTE.tv clips and worksheets are grouped with several other videos that do not have accompanying worksheets and that do not appear to be intended for student viewing.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site contains a kit pedagogique with press materials from RFI, TV5Monde, le ministère français des Affaires étrangères et européennes and le CLEMI. The location of all these resources in one website is particularly useful for the teacher. The kit is downloadable in .pdf format and is also available on DVD.
For evaluation purposes, there is a 26 question questionnaire with the kit pedagogique, allowing the teachers to evaluate its usefulness.
There is a bank of ten pedagogical units on a variety of journalistic topics that can be sorted by theme or educational level. Sample topics include the front page,discovering the regional press, analyzing the names of newspapers, using the newspaper from the kindergarten level and much more. In addition to print media, there are units on video and television prepared with the collaboration of INA, l'Institut National Audiovisuel.
The site's "Témoignages" videos are a useful teaching resource in that they provide concrete ways for teachers to integrate the study of media into their lessons. The ARTE.tv videos and accompanying worksheets in the "Modules Vidéos" section explore a variety of engaging topics and can be readily integrated into a face to face or an online course. They could also be useful for a student independent study, should the student be seeking opportunities to view authentic French news broadcasts and complete a critical analysis of the content presented therein. The material is rich in target language culture and will help the student to make connections and comparisons between U.S. media topics and sources and their French counterparts.
The site appears to have been constructed for instructors rather than students; much of the material does not appear to have been created for direct use in the teaching French as a second language (FLE) classroom, but is rather testimony from other instructors or documents about the history of the CLEMI organization and its past accomplishments.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The pages are well-written and easy to access.it is conceivable that some might find the number of resources daunting, however it would also be very easy to find materials for higher levels of French here- both in print or video.
Everything works and nothing outdated was evident at the time of review.The quality of the site's audio and video is high. Vibrant colors add to the webpage's appeal.
While the site is fairly easy to understand and navigate, the main toolbar at the left of the screen is a bit busy, as is each section of the webpage. Audiovisual material presented in each section of the webpage often appears to be only tangentially related to the other videos therein presented.