My project is to build an app for beginners to advanced French language users. The idea of that app emanates from the observation that many of my undergraduate students sometimes lack a platform in which they could broaden their knowledge of French. That is, they are most of the time restricted to what is proposed to them by the curriculum. This app is not then intended to students I usually call ‘class passers’ who are fine with what is offered – and at time even find it too much, but rather to those I call ‘Knowledge hunters’ , actually willing to expand their learning perspectives
My target users are thus students , but this might be extended to any French culture and language lovers. I intend to provide them with a plate-form, an environment to express themselves through blogging, video and live chat. In addition, I will provide a space in which they could have updated news from French and francophone world, namely from broadcasts as RFI , or Africa N 1 . Furthermore, I think of spaces where ‘clients’ could explore possibilities of travelling to France or any others francophone countries(http://www.partirpascher.com) and have a weekly or daily playlist of French songs, and connections to French shopping sites( fashion industry, museums, bookstores, etc.)
Considering the fact that most students are ‘glued’ on the their i-phones or smartphones , it would be more attractive if the app is deployed on a mobile phone carrier, in such a way that they could carry it along with them everywhere. That proximity and availability of their phone could develop a ‘positive’ addiction to French or francophone related custom and usage, in such a way as to provide a type of natural -like immersive language environment.
Building such an app is surely a challenging task for someone who is still at his very debut in designing and programming. I know from what I tried to gather here and there that I would have to master the HTLM5 and the Java script languages which I don’t know yet. However, the good point is that I am a hard-working person and a fast learner.