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French Videodiscs

language laboratory catalog

A la rencontre de Philippe
Interactive videodisc/Macintosh software program by the Athena Language Learning Project at M.I.T. designed to develop comprehension of spoken French; videodisc, filmed in Paris, presents the story of Philippe, a young journalist looking for a new apartment; program users respond interactively to a variety of situations presented in order to help Philippe in his search; branching mechanism of program, dependent on user’s responses and questions, facilitates the creation of 7 different versions of the Philippe story; users explore Paris, interact with Parisians, learn how to use French phones and answering machines, read maps and petites annonces, visit real estate agencies, look at a variety of possible apartments; may be used by learners at different levels of proficiency; password-accessible teacher mode to program allows for the control of a variety of comprehension tools (ex: video and text preview, full and partial French subtitles, electronic glossary); two copies of videodisc available; teacher’s manual and student workbook available.

Dans le Quartier St. Gervais
Two-sided videodisc/Macintosh software program produced by the Athena Language Learning Project at M.I.T.; features still images and full-motion video photographed/filmed in the Quartier St. Gervais of Paris; still images include: historical maps, engravings, photographs, and contemporary street scenes; video segments include interviews with a variety of people: monk, artist, hotel manager, grocer, iron worker, boutiquière, luthier, yarn seller, young mother, a family, café and restaurant owners, elderly schoolteacher, and others; 2 copies available.
Approx. 60 minutes

Dialogues: Les Français parlent d’eux-mêmes
Double-sided videodisc/Macintosh software program © 1995 Harcourt Brace & Company designed for interactive use by intermediate-level learners; contains two dossiers entitled La Famille and Les Femmes each including 30 minutes of interviews with over 40 interviewees of diverse ages and professions from various areas of France and several Francophone countries; learner selects from a list of questions related to the dossier theme to hear and work with the interviewees’ short responses (a few seconds to one minute+ in length); also includes theme-related, annotated texts excerpted from literary works and articles from the contemporary French press with background information about the author and text, the cultural context, lexical and grammatical explanations; on-screen aide-vidéo (transcriptions, annotations, texts) available as well as carnet individuel and carnet de classe where users may make personal notations about content material to be shared, if desired, with classmates and/or instructor; accompanying Student Manual and Instructor’s Manual available.
Total time: 60 minutes

Discovering French — Blanc
Full feature format (CAV) text-integrated videodisc program © 1994 D.C. Heath and Company to accompany the Valette and Valette text Discovering French—Blanc; 2 two-sided videodiscs identical to the videocassettes of the same title described in the videocassettes section of this catalogue.
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Discovering French — Bleu
Full feature format (CAV) text-integrated videodisc program © 1994 D.C. Heath and Company to accompany the Valette and Valette text Discovering FrenchBleu; 5 two-sided videodiscs identical to the videocassettes of the same title described in the videocassettes section of this catalogue.
Total time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Salamandre: Châteaux de la Loire
Full feature format (CAV) color videodisc © 1988 Voyager Company and corresponding Hypercard laserstack; information about 18 châteaux in the Loire Valley of France may be accessed via (1) aerial flyby views of the châteaux, (2) narrated walk-through sequences exploring the interior and exterior of each château, (3) computer-animated, narrated sequence on the construction history, (4) sequence of still photos of individual châteaux — over 750 photos in all, (5) still-frame text about the history of the Loire Valley châteaux; other features of the single-sided disc include: maps of France and the Loire Valley, explanation and computer-animated illustration of the use of emblems by French royalty, the Château Game designed to test one’s recognition and knowledge of the châteaux and their contents, “notes” option allowing user to maintain notes which can be accessed from anywhere in the program; narration available in either French or English; videodisc companion and user’s guide available.
Audio: 30 minutes