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French Experience

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT
3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Suitable for beginners or those who would like to revise and build on their existing knowledge
  • By working through this course you should reach a level roughly equivalent to GCSE or NVQ1
  • 17 units each with a particular theme
  • French sounds, together with 2 practical exercises
  • Over 5 hours of interactive video and audio
  • Study Tracker so you can set your own pace and monitor your progress
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / NT
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00004U24A
  • Release Date: 19 July 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,772 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

The BBC's French Experience is an extremely comprehensive two-CD-ROM language learning course for beginners, and should soon have you speaking French with ease. This multimedia course is neatly broken into sections and combines video and audio learning techniques.

An inbuilt audio test makes sure all system requirements are met and equipment is working and ready for you to begin--it's then up to the user to determine how much to cover each session. After an introduction covering the basics and course outline ("Bienvenue") there are 16 units (such as "Famille" and "A Toute Vitesse") with clearly specified objectives neatly divided into two to four sections per unit (for example, "Talking about your job and workplace" and "Numbers 70-100"). Each unit also has a section dealing with pronunciation, a series of video sequences and activities to develop and enhance your language learning. A Study Resources section on the Course Menu that can be accessed at any time for a glossary, language summaries, verb tables, reference lists and interesting "Culturoscopes" (articles about the country, its culture and the people) and the extensive Help menu is only ever one click away.

Course guidelines suggest it will take between six months and two years to reach a level of French roughly equivalent to GCSE level (depending of course upon the amount of time you can commit to study and any previous knowledge). A study tracker means you are in complete control of your learning and you can monitor your progress throughout the course. You can print much of the reference material to enable additional study away from the PC, and assessment exercises every four units will test to see how well you are progressing. Bonne Chance! --Melannie Pring

Manufacturer's Description

This is a course for beginners or those who would like to revise and build on their existing knowledge. It combines the sound educational principles of the French Experience TV programme with the fun, involvement and realism of learning through multimedia. By working through this course you should reach a level roughly equivalent to GCSE or NVQ1.

There are 17 units each with a particular theme and each section within a unit comprises; an audio visual presentation, a vocabularly list, information showing key language structures, a bank of activities and a simple visual presentation giving background information about France and the French.

Each unit comprises a short section providing information on French sounds, together with 2 practical exercises and an interactive video-based role play which is based on the unit theme. There are up to 4 sections on specific topics relating to the unit theme.

This CD-ROM is based on an approach that has been proven to work effectively with both independent and classroom learners. It emphasises: clearly-identified objectives, manageable learning 'chunks', language content relevant to both beginner and more advanced learners, activities to help users put new language in to practice and frequent opportunities to recycle language and check progress.

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As a "mature" student who sat "O" level French in the 1960's I found the BBC French Experience an excellent re-introduction to the language.
The inter-active software provides a participative experience for students who wish to expand their vocabulary and improve their accent.
The emphasis on speaking and listening skills (without too much grammar!) makes this a practical and enjoyable method of achieving a level of competence that will increase confidence to a level that enables the user to at least "get by" in the most frequently encountered situations they will experience on a holiday in France.
For those who want to tackle the associated grammar, the sister publication The French Experience text book is valuable.
I am looking forward to the availability of the second set of CD ROMS "French Experience 2" to take my skills to the next level.
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What you get is a series of small scenarios, each covering a different theme: work, home, family, holidays etc. Each consisting of a series of still pictures of people talking, in effect a short video. The window size is very small, but sufficient. The layout is brilliant, French or English text is provided if you have difficulty understanding the spoken word. This is important as much of the dialogue is spoken at a natural pace ie. fairly rapidly and without making a great effort to pronounce every word carefully. Hence as a practical course in spoken French it is excellent. The course also has several activities or games associated with each scenario, which are clever, harder than they look, and very educational. A short dictionary is also provided with each scenario giving translations, as well as audio clips of how to pronounce key works. I use it together with the Hugo book and language tapes (French in three months)the combination is excellent and avoids tedious overlap. One minor quibble, the software runs from the CD drive resulting in my laptop continuously running hot and noisy, a method of running from a hard-disk would be nice...
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Easy to use also for a Norwegian with danish as native language. Logical build in manageable chunks of everyday language. Impressive use of multimedia to make your learning realistic and efficient. For the first time it is fun to learn language, even grammatical rules are fun to learn. A perfect companion for your portable PC. You need an electronic dictionary to supplement the build in dictionary.
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