Sep 16 2007
Welcome to the Language Learning Center (LLC) French Language Blog! Each week this semester, this blog will discuss a number of different French focused LLC resources and tools, that we hope you will find very useful. The resources include everything from helpful French word processing tools to the language learning capabilities of You Tube.
So where do you begin? Great question! Here’s how it works. The LLC is located in the lower level of Smullin in Room18B. This is really where the magic happens as computers are all configured with French word processing capabilities, headphones for listening to French pod casts, and web cams for talking with your French speaking pen pal.
For the first week, let’s get acquainted with the software (ie. computer programs, multimedia) that makes up the LLC’s French language learning program.
Resource #1: Each computer at the LLC is equipped with the newest version of Système-D, the French Writing Assistant. This program includes a French-English Dictionary, a verb conjugator, a grammar guide and a list of common vocabulary and phrases. Also, Système-D is directly connected to Microsoft Word, so you can type in Word and use Système-D to look up grammar rules and improve your writing! And as always, be sure to use Système-D to automatically check your spelling, accent usage and grammar! Click here to view a short tutorial on how Système-D works.
Another tip: you can always change the language settings on Microsoft Word by going to Tools, Language, Set Language and selecting your language of choice. As long as you have a newer version of Word, you will be able to run the Spelling and Grammar check in the language you selected. If you happed to have an older version of Word that doesn’t have this capability, just come to the LLC and use one of our well equipped computers!
Resource #2: Now we should cover the LLC’s French grammar page, a site jam packed with exercises. The amount of French grammar and language learning pages on the web are growing daily so some web surfing and exploration here is warranted! Go and check it out!
Also, ever wonder how to do accents on your personal computer? Click here to see the key codes on the LLC Website!
Resource #3: Finally, our last topic for this week. Everyone enjoys a good flick, right? Did you know that there are tons of French films at the Hatfield Library?! The French Media page has them listed alphabetically, or you can go directly to the film section at the Library and browse the shelves.
I hope this has been helpful and check back next week for new tips!
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