Tuesday, 3 March 2015

frenchrevision.co.uk

http://www.frenchrevision.co.uk

The frenchrevision.co.uk site has been around a long time as a free resource, but is now a low cost subscription site for students and teachers. It is from an experienced advanced skills school teacher, Mr B.Dyer, and comprises a range of material, some interactive, from entry up to advanced level.

Navigating the site is easy, from a menu bar at the top which categorises resources by level. there is also a ContrĂ´les section which allows pupils to send answers by email for checking.

Mr Dyer says the site is the "ultimate revision site for all things French". For teachers it will "save hundreds of hours of marking and feedback". Mr Dyer knows how to hit the right buttons!

He has put together old Hot Potato material from the free site with new resources using iSpring suite. There is a separate menu of sample activities.

The grammar sample on the Conditional consists of some very clear explanatory notes (good for display, by the way) followed by an interactive task. It's a shame that you have to sign up with your email to access the interactive bit, so I have not reviewed it.

The brief GCSE listening sample is based on a 2013 GCSE listening exam with visual support provided by a Voki-style cartoon video (via iSpring suite, I assume). There is a matching task with instant feedback provided and point score.

The reading sample is from a 2012 Foundation Tier reading with simple questions in English, instantly marked with a point score.

The A-level material is again from past papers, with the listening given a touch of spice by the video.

All exercises are said to work on mobile devices.

Overall, my impression is that students would find it worthwhile to pay the minimal £5 annual subscription to access all the material. The fact that much of the content is from exam papers might make it more attractive. I would have mentioned it to my students, but, to be honest, without enormous enthusiasm - alright for revision, perhaps, but arguably a bit dull for general work.

It would have been nice to see more sample material on the site, though the main menu does give an impression of the range of material available. A school subscription costs £20, by the way.

Navigation is easy, exercises are clear, if not very stimulating (after all, they use exam board material which is always safe and unexciting). I'd be interested to know how the email feedback works - at first glance it seems a clumsy way of getting answers. It is not a very sophisticated site, but with the low subscription model you would not expect it to be.

I would recommend that you have a look and see for yourself.









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