|As instructors of French, we want our students to have interactive and purposeful language practice outside of classroom instruction in order to help develop a range of language skills. This website, which can function as at-home practice activities or self-graded homework, was made to supplement the existing OER, Français interactif. These ancillary materials provide students with feedback on their knowledge of the course content, thereby keeping them informed about their progress and motivated to continue studying. The activities are organized by chapter-specific topics and combine grammar, vocabulary, and phonetic exercises to give students extra exposure to contextualized practice. Moreover, activities are designed in a scaffolded progression that allows students to gain confidence in their advancement of language practice. With written activities, mechanical practice, skill-building and expansion activities, identification, listening comprehension and phonetic exercises, students participate in a variety of activities that practice multiple language skills. |
Creation of this resource came from the desire to provide our students in elementary and intermediate levels of French with an affordable option to traditional language textbooks and homework platforms. We found that this project would offer substantial cost savings for students. This was particularly important as one of the most common reasons for the lack of student progression to the subsequent level of French was related to textbook costs.
Français interactif: Devoirs, our interactive website, aligns with all 14 chapters of the existing OER, organized as Chs 0-13, and can be implemented in multiple levels of French courses. It was created in the Google Suite applications so that it is free and accessible to anyone or any school. This also allows easy integration into most schools’ LMS. Our website is an open educational resource that is free to all students and instructors of French. Instructors looking to implement this resource in their classroom may make a copy of the provided materials and site that can then be individualized to fit specific curricula. This also allows instructors access to their students’ responses for easy grading and individualized feedback.
Funding for this project was provided by USG Affordable Learning Georgia in the form of a Textbook Transformation Mini-Grant. In accordance with the ALG initiative, we created this website to promote the implementation of affordable class materials in universities. The website and all of its content are housed and made accessible through GALILEO Open Learning Materials. All of the content of this resource is made available to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). This site is based on and designed as ancillary material for the OER Français interactif created at the University of Austin at Texas in the Department of French and Italian. All material is based on this resource. All images, unless otherwise noted, are also provided by this resource.