La bibliothèque numérique de TV5Monde is a digital collection of classic French literary works, which are organized by author, genre, time period, and title, and which can be downloaded free of charge.
Type of Material:
These works can be used in class, online for homework or just for personal enrichment by independent learners as well as French classes at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
The site is perfect for undergraduate French literature courses: A biographical sketch of each author accompanies the digitized works, which can be organized according to author, title, genre and/or time period.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
An impressive and growing collection of great works of literature in French. Students can become familiar with over 400 titles in the French language.The site is ideal for improving one's reading ability and cultural knowledge by providing access to an impressive array of works written by the great authors of the French can
Target Student Population:
Secondary or post-secondary learners of French
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Reading level sufficient to read various works of fiction.Students must possess an intermediate to advanced reading level of French in order to be able to fully benefit from the site.
Great works of Francophone literature are available for free from TV5Monde. There is a good variety of commonly-taught works for high school and university classrooms and for the independent reader.The number of authors and literary works represented in the collection is impressive. The cover of each novel and the picture of its author increase the site's attractiveness. A favorite quotation, a succinct plot summary, and the first few sentences of each work, serve to heighten student interest in the literary works.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Use of the learning material will engage student learning. The ability to search by time period and genre allows students to compare and contrast the books of several different French writers and to locate additional works which may interest them.
The availability of great works online is very useful for students who want to reduce textbook costs. The digitized versions are available as ePubs or PDFs. The selection of major works is impressive and apparently growing.Biographical information on the authors is also available.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is authentically pleasing, with vibrant colors and attractive images of the authors and the cover of their works. The site is also easy to navigate, providing students with several search options, including a traditional word search box for titles/authors, complemented by scrolling images of the site's authors, as well as scrolling images of the site's literary works. The site is typical of TV5Monde in its ease of use and high professional quality.
Other Issues and Comments:
One reviewer writes:"La bibliothèque numérique de TV5Monde is a beautiful site that I cannot wait to use with my undergraduate French literature students. They will finally be able to read free digital versions of the defining works of the French canon in an attractive and easily accessible format, as well as to continue reading works - from their favorite author, genre or time period - long after the official end of our semester long-course!
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