Tuesday, September 3, 2013

French language links

There are exciting developments in the field of education. One of these is the Open Learning Initiative. If you watched the video you know the goal of OLI is not to eliminate teachers, or to render classrooms obsolete, but to enrich out-of-classroom learning. Carnegie Mellon University, an OLI participant, states on their website:

Many college and universities around the world are using our (Carnegie Mellon) courses and unique learning platform—and now you can too! You can access course materials at no cost to you and work at your own pace. Our learning platform gives you targeted feedback as you go, which helps you know if you are mastering a topic or if you need more practice.

Here is a link to two elementary French language sites posted by CMU. I took a quick look and I've decided to set enough time aside to allow me to visit their OLI site everyday until I've completed their posted two section instruction.

An armadillo from Texas teaches French.
With my granddaughter now attending a French-speaking public school, I am back trying to learn French. This morning I returned to my favourite online site from some years back, Tex's French Grammar. The site has grown and matured over the years. Check it out.

The Carnegie Mellon and the Texas U offerings are two great introductions to up-to-date approaches to Internet instruction.

If you'd like to know more about OLI, check out The Open University website. The link will take you to some of the pages tagged French.

My goal is to be speaking French fluently by the time my granddaughter is finishing her year of kindergarten at her London, Ontario, French-speaking school.

I've added one more site to my Internet list of sites offering French instruction. This one is an updated take on flash cards. It is a well thought out site at which one can hear French and thus develop an ear for the language. There are even tests to check your progress. Everything is interactive. Here is a link: Quizlet Language and Vocabulary. The flash cards that convinced me to climb on board were these: Ma ville natale.

Oh, some of these sites accept donations. If you find the info useful, please donate. Nothing in life is truly free. Don't be a slug.

1 comment:

  1. And beginners can use this free language-learning interactive software Imagemo (French language) for building vocabulaire. http://www.verbilis.com/freebies