Developed in Quebec, this site can be used by native French speakers to improve their English vocabulary and native English speakers to improve their French vocabulary. Word selection is based on research about which learners and instructors are encouraged to read. Tools for text manipulation that teachers can use in materials development and actions research are also provided.
Type of Material:
Various interactive tools and reference material for vocabulary building
Individual work on vocabulary building
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Vocabulary work for learners of ESL and learners of French.
Target Student Population:
Learners and instructors of ESL and French, any level.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
The tools on this site can be used to test ones areas of vocabulary weakness, determine level for study and remediation, and explore lists of frequently used lexical items. Learners can also explore how lexical items are used in authentic texts. The range of perspectives the site provides makes this a powerful tool for vocabulary enhancement.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This is an excellent resource for vocabulary expansion and could be integrated nicely into live, hybrid and completely online language courses in ESL or French. Individual learners can undertake self-assessments and tailored work in the areas in which they need the most practice and support.
The text tools included can be used by instructors for a range of instructional purposes: analysis of student work, classroom discourse, text corpora, etc.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The organization, graphics, feedback, and range of supporting resources make this site an excellent overall resource for students of French and ESL. The functionality of the text manipulation tools is quite good as well.