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Peer Review

Espace Francophone



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Nov 28, 2004 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: 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
Recommended Uses: Videos may be used for culture discussions, listening comprehension and group
Technical Requirements: Quicktime is needed to view videos
Identify Major Learning Goals: The learner will enhance knowledge of the French language and Francophone
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

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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

Young tech savvy users will appreciate the sophisticated design of these

Other Issues and Comments: