Espace Francophone is a project supported by the French government and administered out of the French embassy in New Orleans to provide information and education about France and French culture to an international audience. Teachers and learners of French will find a substantial collection of free audiovisual materials for download including music videos, slideshows, features from Francophone countries and France. Many of the materials have instructor guides and suggested learning activities.
Type of Material:
Collection; Reference; Culture
Videos may be used for culture discussions, listening comprehension and group activities.
Quicktime is needed to view videos
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learner will enhance knowledge of the French language and Francophone culture.
Target Student Population:
There are materials for all levels of French in the videotheque.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Depending on material, some knowledge of French is required.
Evaluation and Observation
Espace Francophone provides glimpses into all facets of Francophone culture, and makes its resources available at no cost to users. The services provided allow teachers to present an accurate and extremely modern view of Francophone culture. The real world atmosphere of the video material is engaging and will fascinate learners of all ages. Music lovers will appreciate the extensive collection of music videos many of which are accompanied by suggestions for classroom use.
The Letters from Canada, Morocco, and France are written from the point of view of a young narrator and will be of greatest appeal to young learners.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The videos can be assigned in advance and used at a later time as a springboard for class discussions. It would be very easy to develop comprehension and expansion questions for individual materials using the MERLOT learning assignment form. In this way, students would have easy access to the videos and assignments. The materials could also be used in a language laboratory setting where bandwidth may not be as much of an issue as it can sometimes be with dial-up connections.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is impeccable from a technology standpoint. It is very easy to download the videos and ample instruction is provided. Materials are available in a variety of formats from VHS to CD and DVD to online. The sound quality is superb.
Young tech savvy users will appreciate the sophisticated design of these materials.