The Center for the Advancement of Language Learning's Federal Language Training Laboratory has developed C'EST TRÈS FACILE, a10-unit multimedia course designed to bring students to a survival-level of proficiency in French.
C'EST TRÈS FACILE incorporates high-quality, full-motion MPEG video shot on location in France, hours of CD quality audio, and inviting graphics integrated into many engaging, interactive activities. Features of the program include student tracking and the ability to print personalized lists of words and phrases. Students can record and play back recordings to compare their pronunciation with that of a native speaker. C'EST TRÈS FACILE is suitable for a very broad audience--federal or private sector employees, college and secondary school students--who need to learn, review, or maintain basic French. Although designed for self study, C'EST TRÈS FACILE may also be used for maintenance, as a refresher, as the front end of a more advanced course, or as part of a traditional classroom curriculum. Based on a storyline that begins at a farewell party in Washington, D.C., several of C'EST TRÈS FACILE's characters begin a friendship that continues throughout a subsequent visit to Paris. FACILE's learning activities allow students to interact with a journalist, a restaurant owner, a diplomat, and some of their French relatives. As students increase their mastery of survival-level French, they become more and more involved in the lives of FACILE's multimedia characters and use their newly acquired French skills to help them get settled in an apartment, find their way around Paris, and even deal with the inheritance of a relative. In addition, as the characters navigate through a series of plots and subplots, students master the sound of French and learn to: order meals, ask and follow directions, register at a hotel, request service, scan newspapers, request and give personal information, and narrate events in the past, present and future. C'EST TRÈS FACILE students receive instruction and practice in listening, reading, and speaking. This course is highly interactive, many multimedia segments. Each unit has a topic called "Voici les nouvelles" which is a television news segment. There are many exercises with each unit.
Unit One: Une Reception(Greeting Someone and Giving Personal Information)
Unit Two: Les Saisons(Discussing Weather, Negotiating Dates and Times, Naming Colors, Days and Months)
Unit Three: Arrivée à Paris(Telling Time, Expressing Discomfort and Complaining, Giving and Asking for Directions)
The Foreign Language Media Center
006 Jastak-Burgess Hall