Bienvenue à L’Encyclopédie Découverte, World Book’s French language encyclopedia. We launched the site in the first quarter of 2008. It features two interfaces: a fun colorful one aimed at the grade K through 4 demographic, and a more grown-up looking interface aimed at older students and adults picking up French as a second language. Select “Changer l’affichage” in the upper right hand corner to toggle between interfaces. Both interfaces prominently display both the search bar and browse functions for navigation. The browse categories are the same as those on World Book Kids: People, Let’s Explore the World, Science and Math, World Religions, Sports and Hobbies, Arts and Literature, History, and Plants and Animals.
Let’s take a look at the site’s search function. Searches work weather queries are spelled with accent marks or not. If we search for the term “etats unis” without the hyphen or accent clave, we’ll still get to the article on the United States. Press “Lancer” to search. The search results are analogous to what we offer on World Book Kids: three content types to the left and 5 search results displayed per page. On the article page, there’s a tools box at the top where you can print, email, or save the article. To the left of the tools box is the article contents section, where students can skip straight to the section they’d like to read up on. There are different types of media embedded in the articles, including maps, images, and diagrams. Click on “Faits rapides” to display statistics and other information about a topic at a glance.
Some of the sounds you’ll find on the site include animal noises, national anthems, and folk music. At the bottom of the article are links to related World Book content. Below that is a blue box where students can view the English language version of the article. This feature can be shut off at the account administration level. At the very bottom of the article is a citation in MLA format.
Starting at the right of the upper navigation, you can choose “Sites Internet” to display a collection of external websites chosen by World Book editors for their relevance and appropriateness. The button to the left of “Sites Internet” enables you to access the activities. These are a collection of activities from World Book Kids. Let’s take a look at one of these: “Connaitre sa salade.” Below the activities are teacher’s versions. These include introductions, objectives, a list of materials and procedures, as well as discussion questions and an assessment rubric.
The next button over enables you to access the “Dictionnaire visuel,” or visual dictionary. This feature makes learning even more accessible by compounding vocabulary with visual navigation. Click on an image to explore such themes as the human body, nutrition, astronomy, the arts, or geology. I’m going to go into “Phenomenes geologiques” and take a look at a volcano, an eruption. On the content page, labels illustrate and define the key features of the image. Select “Anglais” to display the terms in English. Go back through the breadcrumbs to explore more themes, or return to the visual dictionary homepage by selecting the home icon. The last button in our upper navigation is “Images” where students can browse or search through photos. Click on the World Book logo at the top to return to the homepage. Buttons at the bottom of the page will enable you to link to any of the World Book sites in your subscription. This concludes the video tutorial on L’Encyclopédie Découverte.