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Peer Review

Comment vont les affaires?

by Radio France Internationale


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Mar 03, 2009 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: Comment vont les affaires? is a learning material from Radio France Internationale.It is a set of dialogues that will develop students spoken and written skills as well as immerse them into French cultural practices. It can be used by high school and college teachers and students as French immersion lessons or as an example of “language in context” to reinforce grammatical and lexical lessons taught or learned in class. Users learn French and French culture through the adventures of Daniel, a foreigner on a training course at French company Paragem. Twenty episodes/dialogues help the user get familiar with the language and workings of a French company: from first meetings with colleagues to payroll via working hours, strike day, booking a plane, a hotel, stationary orders and business lunches. With transcripts and explanations, each episode is introduced in English, executed in French and explained in English. For each dialogue a script and notes to analyse the grammatical points in context is provided. Each point is reviewed in English to explain how things work in France, between employers and employees, customers and suppliers.
Type of Material: Online Tutorial, a twenty module Business French course with listening materials and activities. Audio dialogues, scripts and notes enhancing grammatical points and vocabulary.
Recommended Uses: In class, homework, individual, team
Technical Requirements: Browser, Window Media and Real One ( Download available on site)
Identify Major Learning Goals: • Students will be exposed to spoken French in business and social contexts. • They will develop a deeper understanding of cultural differences in France and the United States. • They will learn how to utilize a variety of vocabulary to express their opinion and ideas in real life.
Target Student Population: • High school ( immersion, traditional) • college • Intermediate/advanced learners
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: French at the beginning and intermediate levels

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The content has a clear purpose, adequate depth, and it is current and relevant. Each episode is focused on a specific grammatical object, while teaching a specific theme. The module notes of each episode analyses the dialogues' grammatical content. It is self-contained and shows language in context. This module presents short dialogues for written and spoken French that will improve communicative skills and enhance cultural immersion for students. It can be used as a support material to teach specific grammatical and lexical elements and Business French.
Concerns: none

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The learning objectives are identified. It can be very useful as a teacher resource while teaching business, differences between American and French companies or French society in general.It could be easily used independently by an intermediate/advanced learner. It also can be readily integrated into curriculum.
Concerns: • Lacks video or images • It is not interactive

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: It is very easy to use. The instructions are clear and consistent. It is clearly engaging. All the links to other RFI modules work perfectly. The navigation scheme is clear. The learner can also visit other modules such as “le journal en français facile” or “les mots de l’actualité”.
Concerns: Interactivity between users would be an enhancement. Moving from lesson to lesson requires return to the home page. The website could be more visually pleasing.

Other Issues and Comments: no
Comments from Author: no