This is an excellent site for learning and/or reviewing the sound system of French. There are captivating examples and interactive exercises that present and practice sounds, spelling, and intonation in French. Both the French and international phonetic alphabets are included as well as sound discrimination exercises, and games to reinforce the sound system of French. There are numerous opportunities for learners to access model pronunciations throughout. There is also a forum for French teachers who wish to discuss phonetics and a listserve for the site.
Type of Material:
These exercises can be used in the classroom or independently. The author recommends that independent learners do the exercises in the order that they are presented in on the site.
Flash and an audio player to play sound files
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Learn and/or review the sound system of French. Students will improve their French pronunciation and their ability to discriminate between different sounds.
Target Student Population:
There are exercises appropriate for all levels of French learners.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
This is a high quality site that will both engage beginning learners of French and those in need of a review of the language's sound system. It is beautifully constructed with exercises and activities that are fun and informative. The crisp audio and corresponding graphics combine to provide an effective teaching tool.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
These presentations and interactive activities could be projected and used effectively in a classroom context, or assignments could be made for independent work. Learners can either practice online and or print pdf files on the presentations for study away from the computer. The male and female voices are easy to understand. Whether in or out of the classroom, students will find the site an easy and engaging way to learn and reinforce the sound system of French.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Phonetique is extremely easy to navigate and to use.Each of the activities has scoring, the method for which is excellent. Practice activities offer multiple attempts and access to audio cues. The site is beautifully designed with delightful graphics and excellent audio quality.