French Software Reviewed
Title: "Learn French"
of Publication :
PC or other :
/ PC Microphone
piece of software is for use in French language teaching. It reinforces
vocabulary already taught, but would also be useful to introduce new vocabulary.
I used this software in particular for aural work. It included topics such as Colours, Plurals, Actions, Positions
and Places. The programme is based on flashcards, which can be a bit tedious
after a while.
Games include Find the Card, Match the Card and
Beat the Clock.
Teaching with this Title
Modern Foreign Language classes, in this case French would
use this piece of software.
Special needs pupils could use this package, perhaps in conjunction with
another able pupil as a partner. There are 3 levels. The text
is large, images attractive and clear. This package allows for aural work,
sometimes difficult to work on in a whole class situation. It also gives instant feedback in the form of correct answers
/ pupil scores. This software was used by a 5th class beginners
French class. The pupils
used it in pairs.
Classroom use would require use of headphones, as the package uses a lot
of spoken language / aural work.
Language / pictures are aimed at Primary school level.
There are three levels of difficulty. Pupils can choose the level they
want to work at. It includes
a facility to record the pupils voices.
This program is well thought out, and is very attractive
to young beginners. The pupils
derived immense satisfaction from using the program.
Co-operative learning was very much in evidence with the
paired pupils discussing answers and helping each other through the games.
There was good progression, although as already mentioned
the concept of flash cards could become tedious after a
lot of use.
program autoloads, thus being very teacher-friendly! No operational problems were experienced during use of the
Little or no backup material was provided. It basically consisted of advertising blurb for
other products. There was
also very basic information included on the actual program itself.