Alo Escola is a multidisciplinary site for students and teachers sponsored by the TV Cultura station of the Fundação Padre Anchieta. While it is designed for native Portuguese speakers, it will be useful to students of Brazilian Portuguese as well. Topics include language, literature, science, Brazilian studies, history and the arts.
Type of Material:
Collection of educational web pages in a variety of disciplines.
Self-directed learning or in the classroom.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Users will learn about literature, language, history, science and the arts through texts in Portuguese.
Target Student Population:
Students with intermediate proficiency in Portuguese or above. Area studies students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Intermediate proficiency in Portuguese or above
This comprehensive collection is thorough and provides instructors and learners with a wealth of disciplinary documents and supporting materials.
The materials in the Brazilian Studies section would be better designed by breaking up the text into shorter pages.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Overall, TV Cultura has amassed an impressive collection of materials that can be used in language, literature and civilization courses. For areas where access to printed material in the target language is limited, having such resources online is a real plus. All of the materials lend themselves well to the development of structured lesson plans.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to navigate throughout. There is a simplicity to the web site that makes it accessible to a wide range of users.
Long scrolling pages in some sections would benefit from redesign.
Other Issues and Comments:
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