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Gretchen Angelo, California State University

Pub Date: 2003

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Denzil DeSouza, Senior Manager, The Open University on 6/20/18

This e-book aims to achieve the intermediate low-mid ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standard for students. It certainly has achieved this primary objective covering the four pillars of language learning: Speaking,... read more

 

Reviewed by Peter Eubanks, Associate Professor of French, James Madison University on 4/12/17

The text covers all of the usual material addressed in the first two semesters of a university French language course. The grammar coverage is quite comprehensive, and I particularly appreciate the wide array of cultural notes introducing... read more

 

Reviewed by Frank Anselmo, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University on 2/9/17

Gretchen Angelo offers a fine French-language book that is very thorough and precise and without any major or noticeable flaws in the information presented regarding grammar, phonetics, and culture. The only flaw with this work, however, is... read more

 

Reviewed by Robert Sanders, Assoc. Prof. of Spanish (BA French, PhD Spanish, 10 years experience directing a large first year Spanish program), Portland State University on 1/8/16

Note: Using the “Adopt this book now” link will take you to the most recent edition. A student edition with and without answer key and a teacher’s edition with and without answer key are available. I reviewed the teacher’s edition with answer... read more

 

Reviewed by Frédérique Grim, Associate Professor, Colorado State University on 1/8/16

This textbook is a first-year book that can be easily used over 2 semesters in a program. It covers functions necessary to reach intermediate-low to intermediate-mid proficiency (although this proficiency would probably be not be reached until the... read more

 

Reviewed by Virginia Pannabecker, Librarian, Virginia Tech on 6/11/15

First, for anyone interested in this book, click on the 'adopt this book' button to get to the website with the complete version (http://www.lightandmatter.com/french/). The PDF version available for download on the open textbook library site is... read more

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Bonjour! C a va?

Chapter 2: Ma famille et mes objets personnels

Chapter 3: Le travail et les loisirs

Chapter 4: Sorties et voyages

Chapter 5: Tant de choses a` faire !

Chapter 6: Les voyages de ma famille

Chapter 7: Mon corps

Chapter 8: Atable!

Chapter 9: Hier,aujourd'hui,etdemain

Chapter 10: Racontons des histoires

Chapter 11: Au magasin

Chapter 12: Re ´sultats

About the Book

This French book is aimed at a first-year college student. Its features include:

  1. Each chapter is built around communicative strategies. Clearly defined objectives in communi- cation, culture, and grammar are given at the start of each chapter, and summary exercises at the end allow students to measure their mastery of these objectives.
  2. The exercises in the in-class (A) sections are composed mainly of guided practice and extension activities, along with occasional comprehension checks and comprehensible input. Some further activities are indicated in the instructor's marginal notes. The teacher can provide teacher- directed “setting-the-stage” activities, comprehension checks, and further comprehensible input before beginning each section. Many models are provided to the students to give them a secure context in which to practice their vocabulary before they are asked to produce independent language.
  3. The grammar included is explained in a more narrative form and in more detail than is typical for first-year textbooks. The grammar (B) sections should be read by the students outside of class before the communicative activities requiring those grammar points are done in class. By providing more explicit grammatical detail than is usual in a first-year book, the author hopes to stimulate students to reflect on the grammar of their own language as well as of French, helping students to become aware that their study of French is not just about mastery of a new language and culture, but about a more critical view of their own.
  4. The amount of grammar is less than is typically contained in a first-year text. The grammar included has been chosen to meet the needs of the communicative goals of each chapter, and these have been selected based on what a student ranking intermediate-low to -mid on the ACTFL oral proficiency scale should be able to accomplish. The grammatical concepts included in this book focus on those that will be needed for the sentences and questions that a typical low-intermediate speaker can form, and those are emphasized repeatedly.
  5. The book implicitly and explicitly recycles material from previous chapters on a regular basis, so that students can see their learning as a continual progression rather than as a rush from one grammar point to the next.
  6. The book is ideally used in a classroom with internet and projection capabilities; the PDF version of the book contains hyperlinks to video and audio-based activities as well as navigational links to referenced exercises within the text itself.

About the Contributors

Author

Gretchen Angelo teaches French language and literature at California State University, Los Angeles.