Ficelle (Fun Interactive Computer-Based Exercises for Language Learning) is a multimedia authoring tool designed to allow language teachers to create multimedia language lessons by use of a simple scripting language. No programming skills are required by the lesson author. With Ficelle a language teacher with basic computer skills can produce excellent multimedia language activities in any Latin-character-based language such as French, English, German or Spanish.
A lesson represents a single text which may have pointers to sound and picture (.bmp) files. Different menu screens, each another single text file, have browser-like links to other lesson files. Formal language topic reviews or cultural clips are created using the same Ficelle language. By adding few simple Ficelle codes a text file activity may be enhanced to include the following features:
For problems in making or formatting lessons you might e-mail either Hélène Knoerr or Alysse Weinberg to ask for suggestions. Hélène and Alysse would also like to hear about any developments being made with the language for their own research.
Alysse Weinberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you encounter any problems downloading or setting up Ficelle please
e-mail me and I will try to help you through it. This is an evaluation
copy and should not be used for teaching purposes. The licensed version
does not have the untidy "Evaluation Copy" remark on the front page.
Write me for ordering information. A single work-station version
is $200 Canadian or about $140 U.S. To use it in a networked environment
the costs are as follows.
|Licensed workstations||Price in Canadian Dollars|
|Single workstation||$ 200|
|3 to 5 workstations||$ 600|
|6 to 10 workstations||$ 1,100|
|11 to 15 workstations||$ 1,500|
|16 to 25 workstations||$ 2,250|
|more than 25 workstations||$ 3,000|
Michael Davidson (email@example.com)
Part 1 - download ficelle_dir.zip to setup the sample Ficelle activities and some required files.
ficelle_dir.zip - 4.5 MB Ficelle_zip is a zip file with the Ficelle sample activities and many files Ficelle needs to work properly. Extract this zip file into your c: or d: or e: root directory. The extract will create a single \Ficelle\ Directory and put all its files into there. The Ficelle program is expecting find a simple c: or d:\ficelle\frontmnu.txt file and if it cannot find this Ficelle will not work.
If you were to extract the zip into some arbitrary named sub-directory,
a newly created \Ficelle\ directory for example, you might end up having
a \Ficelle\Ficelle\frontmnu.txt startup file which would prevent Ficelle
from loading properly. The important thing to understand is
that if you have a c:\ficelle\frontmnu.txt or a d:\ficelle\frontmnu.txt
file then the Ficelle working files are set up properly.
Part 2 - download the Windows 95 setup file Setup95.zip
Ficelle_setup.zip 1.8 MB Ficelle_setup.zip extracts to create a directory \FicSetup95\ which has the setup file for Ficelle. Extract this file into your root directory to create \FicSetup95\ with setup.exe.
Most Windows 95 systems will expand .zip files by just double clicking on them.
Part 3 - Install Ficelle
Suppose you want Ficelle to start a set of lessons in some new directory. Say this directory is called \Madrid\.
fic_test.zip 2.2 MB Fic_test.zip extracts to create a directory \Fic_test\ which has a sample test with pictures, sounds, etc. It also uses the statistical functions, exports a stats file, a notepad like text compose window in ecrit.txt, etc. Use -> Author -> Open lesson file "\fic_test\lessons\Intro.txt" and follow the instructions and links in the lesson.