This week, we are to dig deep into some OERs and MOOC courses to evaluate their usefulness, organization, and quality. Since most of my teaching is done in French, I decided that I would spend my week searching and evaluating some French OERs.
The first OER in French that comes to mind is TV5Monde, a worldwide French television station. Within its website, there is a tab labelled “Langue Française”. Under it, you can find a French dictionary, a virtual library of classics authors and two other sections called “Apprendre le français” and “Enseigner le français”. The first one can be used for anyone who wants to learn French on their own. The second one has online resources that a teacher can use with his students. Both sections have videos on current events and exercises of listening comprehension. The OERs for the teachers also has worksheets based on the videos with speaking and writing activities as well as a teacher’s guide. All OERs in both sections are divided into different levels of proficiency from beginner, intermediate to advance. Since the French in the videos is at a high level, transcripts are provided to help the students understand the content. These OERs are very well developed, comprehensive and easy to use. I would recommend that French as a Second Language and French Immersion teachers use these resources to enhance the authenticity of the learning.
For the purpose of this blog, I was determined to find new OERs to use in my courses. There are websites with resources in French but usually, I am only able to use a minimal amount of resources in a classroom. It took me a lot of digging on the web to finally find something that was worthwhile. The website is called éduscol, which is developed by the France’s Ministry of Education. This website has a variety of resources designed to either inform or to be used for teacher professional development. However, in my opinion, the best OERs found on this site are the science ones. The website links to two different sites: Planete Vie and Culture, Sciences et Chimie. The former focuses more on the biology part of the science while the latter has an emphasis on chemistry. Both contain videos, laboratory experiments, and explanations of the subject matter. The information is comprehensive and easy to understand for both the teacher and the learner. Both sites are also divided by grade level; except that since it is from France and their grade system is different from ours, it is necessary to understand their education system to know which level coincide with ours. I recommend these OERs for anyone who is teaching Science in French.
During my search, I also found two websites offering French MOOC courses. The first one is MOOC Francophone which offers courses in a variety of academic and non-academic disciplines. Some of the courses are offered synchronously and asynchronously. The descriptions provided with each course is comprehensive and complete (i.e. who is teaching, the prerequisites, the amount of time required each week to do the course and if there is a certification provided or not). I looked at an algebra course which was comprised of videos, practice worksheets with answer key and a quiz for each unit. I also looked at an ecotourism course which was composed of videos, reading material, reflective questions and a synchronous meeting for all participants to interact among them and with the experts. The other website that offers French MOOC courses is also from France. It is called sup-nemerique.gouv.fr which offers about 30 000 pedagogical resources, courses, exercises, list of references, interactive lessons, demonstrations, cases studies and much more. Although, the site seems to have lots to offer, it also seems to be time consuming to find what you are looking for. I looked at the section on “se former avec le numérique- to learn online” which was dedicated to the MOOC courses. This site also offered a variety of academic and non-academic disciplines but all of the courses were following a calendar which means that none of the courses seemed to be at your own pace. Overall, both website offer a variety of MOOC courses and appear to be well build and presented; however, in order to get a complete perspective of their value, one would need to enroll in some courses to see if they meet the desired needs.
Since I have begun to create French Immersion online courses, I have searched for good OERs on the internet. It has always been difficult to find quality material, but I believe that with the increase of online learning and the usage of technology in the classroom, there are more French OERs available. My findings of OERs and MOOC courses for this assignment prove that it is possible to come across valuable French resources.