Website Evaluation

The following websites deal in different ways with the use of ICT in the teaching of MFL.

http://www.cilt.org.uk
This website is aimed at anyone involved in teaching languages. CILT is the Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research. This website is well worth a visit, offering a variety of resrouces including lists of recommended resources for teaching French, German and Italian to primary school pupils. It also provides links to research documents on language learning, some links did not work! There are also useful lists of cd-roms available. This is simply information based however, no comments or opinions on the particular usefulness of each cd-rom is given. There is also accessto downlaodable information sheets. Rating: 8/10
http://www.vtc.ngfl.gov.uk
This site is very well designed, with clear links and a valuable resource to ICT teachers. I did find it a bit dry though! There are lots of information sheets to download. It may be aimed more to secondary school teachers. It's quite technical in its detail. Things like "20 Ideas that Work" are excellent lesson ideas for ICT. As a link off this I found the website "Premiers pas sur Interent". This is an excellent website for both teachers of French and their pupils. It can be found at http://www.momes.net. Rating: 9/10
http://tomwilson.com/david/case
This website is aimed at Language teachers though some parts are directed at pupils. The essence of the site is the application of new technologies to the teaching of MFL. It is a very clear and well laid out with no major use of exciting graphics to slow things down. It does not take long to get through the content as the site is quite small. It offers some nice step by step  lessons for performing tasks such as copying text and photos from the web. There is a nice link to a French family's homepage. Rating : 7/10
http://www.eso.educ.uva.nl/bild
This is the European Schools Project (ESP) web-site. It consists of a databas of projects carried ut and currently in train in a variety of countries including Japan, Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands, Slocakia, Finalnd, Slovenia and Italy. There is lots of interesting advice given eg. you can see a list of themes being covered such as food, animals, Vickings, Granny's Kitchen, fairytales, holidays ahoy, playing happy families. The database can be searched by project title, school and person. There is a from for applying for a project and useful tips on how to fill it out. The web-site is all in English and contains links to all afore-mentioned countries for access to a more comprehenisve list. Like the http://www.bild-online.dk web-site, it explains the outline of an excellent framework under which to conduct and e-mail partnership, called "An Image of the Other". Both schools organise e-mails based on 10 topics. Different opinions are given and need to be worked out between schools. Clear advice for all concerned is given. At the end the children should be able to write back with a final image of their partner based all the information they received. Rating 10/10
http://www.bild-online.dk/index
This colourful attractive and user-friendly web-site is written all in German, although there are links to English language sites. It's for teacher to ehlp introduce shcool e-mail projects using German. The aim is to bring classess together to work on German as a foreign language (DaF). It includes examples of childrne's and teahers' comments, reactions, some letters sent, tips on managing a sproject, mailing lists to apply for a partner school, application form to receive mater for project work such as worksheets for children and teaches based on "An Image of the Other". Rating :9/10
http://www.ourworld.compuserve.com
This web-site is easy to read although it leans toward american slang. It contains ideas for designing and producing a web-ste, including reasons why we should publish one, publishing rules, publishing wizards to download and a link to a basic HTML primer. There is very useful material informatively and interestingly presented, but by no means exhaustive. It could be accessed by student (webmasters) as well as being useful for teachers. Rating 4/10
http://www.dlc.fi/~pohalone/kompassZ
This is a web-site by an individual teacher of German and English who is also an author of German lesson books for children. It is written in English although may not be of use to teachers who are not teaching German. There is information on Germany and a Comenius Project and also information on European festivals and traditions which may be of interest. Rating 4/10
http://www.stir.ac.uk/scilt
Maintained by the Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, this site contains useful links to other language sities such as Human Languages Pages, BECTA, Lingu@NET , where a variety of resources relevant to German, Italian, Spanish and French language teaching can be accessed. It list available publications and their prices such as Foreign Languages in Primary Schools Evaluation Report, Modern Languages in Primary Schools, Piloting Assessment of Achievement Programme ((AAC) in Modern Languages etc. Courses are detailed also, such as one abroad for the teaching of German in primary schools. E-mail and contact forms are included in the site. For teachers it could be a useful site for further informationand resources. Rating 5/10
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages
This attractive excellent site is colourful, looks modern, have very clear and accessable links and certainly invites one to stay. It offers activities in French, German, Italian and French. I investigated the French activities. There is a very basic starting level, excellent for primary school children, which has activities on ten topics of conversation. The activities are presented in a choice of Audio, Video or Transcript. An attractive and challenging feature is a game where a student proceeds by answering questions presented in a multiple choice format and is then congratulated at the end for having conducted a successful conversation. Well worth a visit. Rating 10/10
http://www.linguanet.org.uk
Lingu@net - Becta - Virtual Language Centre. An advisory and resource for foreign language teaching and the relevant backup resources. Excellent content on a two tier menu - the content is very wide and touches language teaching on all levels. If anything the site is two wide but careful navigation gets the researcher to the exact topic needed. The site is backed by Cilt (Centre for Information on Language Teaching) and the resources offered are of the highest authority.Navigation is complex but the extent of the topic demands this in order to cover all the various facets and resource areas. Buttons and hotspots are clearly marked and easily understood so that the destination is reached easily and quickly. Menu lists are not cluttered.The advice and material offered are exactly as required in the specialist areas. This site is a comprehensive treatment of the topic with resources available for the different age levels and activity area. In some ways the site is too attractive in that it has so much on offer and one can become easily distracted. Linguanet offers resources in software,an interactive website, radio and tv broadcasts and literary publications. This is assembled in a very long list which would print easily and include all. There is a list for each language at the the three school grades and an adult level. Excellent treatment of the topics. The case studies make this much more than a resource site. The experience offered from other schools show the problems, pitfalls and challenges. Site is easily available and comes through quickly with a very clear menu and no distracting animations. I found this site easy to manipulate once the two tier menu system was understood. This is an exhaustive site and covers all that any professional would need to know about resources in language teaching. With this site alone a teacher's needs would be comprehensively catered for. Rating 10/10
http://vtc.ngfl.gov.uk/resource/linguanet
CITS - Curriculum Information Technology Support.This site contains five main areas ; Background in IT and Languages,Teacher Entitlement,Pupil Entitlement, Case Studies, Training Activities, information Sheets. Five clear cut areas as outlined above covering comprehensively teacher and pupil needs, practical displays of activities, evaluations, training needs, IT experience needs. A good readable attractive guide to IT. Acknowledgements refer to a wide group of participants and consultants which gives a site strong validity. Navigation is simple and in each of the five areas there is a secondary menu which further develops teacher/pupils skills making the introduction to IT more attractive to the beginner. Access to the site was difficult to find through Becta. Otherwise navigation was clear, the buttons very relevant and the clearly and attractively presented. It gives insighful background in the teacher and pupil areas and the activities presented make are non-threatening. They eliminate the mystique around IT. For the teacher who wants to develop IT further the secondary blue menu brings one into areas such as website development, project development. Access was difficult. The access line was through Becta, then CITS and finally to MFL. MFL on its own is difficult to find because of similarity to football leagues. A practical busy teacher's aid is the availability of a download button on each practical case study and activity page. The Information sheets give a wealth of ideas and practical classroom activities and examples which could be utilised as a handbook of effective workable options. An exccellent site which I found complemented the resources available in Linguanet. Rating 9/10
http://www.becta.org.uk/technology
This is the Becta Educational Software Database. Its a very extensive database on all topics relevant to education and language teaching. I put in a seach for "primary French" in the Languages link and this search produced nineteen results. It also allowed for a search of cd-roms which produced seventeen cd titles. There was access from the result to a review of the software and details of cost etc. I found this a fast and efficient way to access titles and documents. Rating : 9/10
http://ericir.syr.edu
This site will be familiar to teachers. It has excellent links on all things educational and would be of great general interest to teachers. It has a good Question & Answer service and a hugely extensive database, maybe too extensive in the bewildering number of results produced in a search. It was very informative but not specific enough to the aims and objectives of SIP21. Rating 7/10