This extraordinary supersite connects to more than 10,000 other high-quality sites that provide instruction and information about French and Francophone literature, arts, history, tourism, language, media, education, and everyday life.
The scope of this site is so comprehensive that one is hard pressed to imagine an aspect of French studies that it fails to include. (There are 240 links related to Paris alone.) In spite of the enormous size, the site has a straightforward design that quickly leads users to virtually any area of interest from photos of remote villages through interactive grammar exercises to governmental and professional organizations.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Because it encompasses such a wide assortment of sites and subjects, this metasite is eminently useful as a teaching tool. Whether the lesson plan calls for culture or language instruction, history or current events, France or another corner of the Francophone world, listening or writing, elementary or advanced instruction, Tennessee Bob will take teachers and learners directly where they want to go. The clarity of the site also makes it appropriate for independent study at many levels and for research in both English and French.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Navigation through this sensible, highly usable site is crystal clear. Thanks to a consistent and comfortable color scheme and brief statements of purpose at the beginning of every group of links, users can easily move forward and backward without getting lost or forgetting their intended searches. This is a site that even inexperienced Internet users can navigate by themselves simply by clicking on desired menu items. The occasional bad links that are inevitable in a site as comprehensive as Tennessee Bob's do not pose a significant problem.
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