Ecriture d'un conte is a learning unit in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France Lettres series. It contains a thorough historic treatment of the fairy tale genre, a collection of illustrations to accompany them and an interactive tutorial where students can create their own tale.
Type of Material:
It may be used in a classroom setting as well as in online courses and by self-directed learners.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Users will better appreciate the fairy tale genre and practice creating these through both oral and written storytelling.
Target Student Population:
Intermediate and advanced students of French, as well as native speakers studying literary genres.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Intermediate and advanced reading proficiency is needed to comprehend the site materials.
Evaluation and Observation
The format for learners to learn about and develop their own fairy tales is unique. There are example tales with critical descriptions highlighting features of the genre, interactive illustrations, and a multiple choice story-building activity whereby learners select characters, plots, settings and the like to construct a tale of their own.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Learners of French can interact with stories with which they are most likely very familiar, thus the opportunity to comprehend the language in engaging ways. The story construction option is a means for learners to actively use the vocabulary of the fairy tale genre in building their own tales. The activities are motivating and learner investment in using and comprehending the language is high.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is very well-maintained and has been quite stable for the years it has been on the web. The aim is obviously to instill the love of reading in users and the usability of the site does not detract from that purpose. There is nothing technical that interferes with the appreciation of the resources here. Indeed, the layout and artwork are charming.