Exercices de français pour étrangers is a site that provides vocabulary items which are illustrated and pronounced aloud, grammar exercises, and listening comprehension exercises in the form of poetry recitations, popular music, radio and television commercials, movie previews and news clips.
Type of Material:
Listening grammar and vocabulary exercises
The site can be used to enhance a traditional college course in which the professor would like his/her students to increase their vocabulary, practice basic grammar points, and/or improve their listening comprehension. The written and audio reinforcement make it ideal for hybrid and online language courses.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The vocabulary and practice exercises are classified according to their difficulty: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students can improve both their reading and listening comprehension by developing a more detailed vocabulary and by completing the various exercises and cloze paragraphs that accompany both the grammar explanations and video/audio clips.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and other adult language learners.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Intermediate-advanced level French
Evaluation and Observation
The illustrations which accompany the vocabulary words are wonderful, and the fact that everything on the site can be heard pronounced aloud by a native French speaker, is invaluable for students. The practice exercises are both entertaining and effective, and the wide variety of poetry, music, commercials, movie previews and video clips ensures that the site will appeal to a large population of language learners.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning material on this site will most certainly engage student learning. Students can select their exercises based upon both level and interest in the genre (poetry, music, radio/TV commercials, news clips, movie previews) and/or subject matter (from food commercials to public radio announcements on driving to a movie about a new choir teacher at an all boys' school).
Students can do these exercises anytime and anywhere. A steady diet of listening will be extremely helpful to any language learner seeking to advance from intermediate to a more advanced level. THis material can be profitably used in a structured class as well as for private individual study.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. All instructions are clearly written in both English and French. Should a student wish to clarify the meaning of a vocabulary term or expression, there are links throughout the site to two highly regarded online dictionaries: www.wordreference.com and the Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales.