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Peer Review

Canal Rêve: Météo



Overall Numeric Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Nov 09, 2001 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: This clear and straightforward module provides three exercises based on a European weather report . The short sound clip features common weather vocabulary as well as geographical names of the countries.The user may enhance proficiency in listening, reading and writing French, through the exercises provided in the module which is in the target language.
Type of Material: Tutorial and drill and practice
Technical Requirements: Real Audio is necessary to hear the listening portion of the module.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The user of Canal Reve: Meteo will develop a heightened awareness of the geography and the climate of Europe through the module's use of weather maps, as well as improving listening, reading and writing.
Target Student Population: Students of beginning French
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Students should review weather expressions and European geographical names to make best use of the module.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The content is accurate and clear. The design and organization of the module are logical and consistent and its use of media appropriate. The language used is exactly the type of discourse that one would expect to hear in a meteorological broadcast. The vocabulary is appropriate to the study of basic weather terms An appealing feature of this module is the gradated approach used to support the listening activities. The first exercise, with its true /false format, requires the listener to respond without the aid of a direct transcription of the weather report. In the second exercise, more of the actual transcript is provided, with the key weather terms used as the items to be supplied by the listener. Lastly, the learner is engaged visually with the inclusion of a weather map to illustrate the audio portion of the weather report. The order of the exercises facilitates the practice of listening skills.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This module could be readily integrated into any course where weather terms are studied. Users can progress at their own pace, listen to the module as often as they like and retry exercises. The module is equally useful for teaching or independent study of language related to the weather. It is esthetically designed and engaging to use. Instructions are clear and easy to follow.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The navigation scheme of the module is very clear. There is a continuity provided by the common design elements on each page. The instructions are clearly Explained at the top of the page, with a useful warning that the sound files could take some time to load. This module lends itself more to use by the individual learner than to projection on a large screen, except for the final listening exercise with its audio-visual approach. The ability to retry the exercise to improve one's score is a very nice feature. Users are encouraged by positive feedback at the item level and also in the scoring at the top of the page.
Concerns: A few words introducing the tasks at the beginning of the module would provide a good orientation for the user and enhance the module. Beginning with the first exercise as it does, some users may have the initial impression that they missed the introduction of the module.