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    Français interactif

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    Karen Kelton, University of Texas, Austin

    Nancy Guilloteau, University of Texas, Austin

    Carl Blyth, University of Texas, Austin

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    ISBN 13: 9781937963040

    Publisher: COERLL

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Betsy Starnes, Adjunct Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 8/30/22

    This a complete textbook in terms of covering all the necessary grammar the students should know in the first two years of French. The website also has videos and phonetics practice and some culture that can be used in the first two year levels. read more

    Reviewed by Julia Huzieff, Instructor, Colorado State University on 12/15/20

    This textbook (345 pages) is divided into 13 chapters. It has a variety of diverse exercises (listening comprehension, written exercises, cultural activities, group or individual projects...). The web-platform is an essential part of the textbook... read more

    Reviewed by Deborah Ferrand, Visiting Instructor, College of William & Mary on 4/26/19

    A thorough method to learn French that is very much comparable to commercial methods. It focuses on the key vocabulary, grammar, cultural concepts introduced in first year French, and it’s use could potentially be extended to the first semester of... read more

    Reviewed by Heather Edwards, Senior Lecturer in French, Longwood University on 3/7/19

    Français interactif, used in tandem with the companion website, offers a solid foundation of French language for students at the introductory level. An ordinary assortment of themes includes introductions, descriptions, vacation, weather, food,... read more

    Reviews prior to 2019 are for a previous edition.

    Reviewed by Maria Jerskey, Professor, City University of New York: LaGuardia Community College on 6/19/18

    As a foreign language textbook, it covers the traditional content (e.g., greetings; days/months, family (kinship) terms, telling time; pastimes; weather, seasons; physical descriptions; meals/food; describing physical appearance; describing... read more

    Reviewed by Lucille Toth, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University on 3/27/18

    Francais Interactif covers all grammar points, vocabulary and conjugaison of French - levels 1 and 2, and provides an effective index and glossary. It also offers the right amount of translations and excellent exercises. read more

    Reviewed by Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) on 2/1/18

    Français Interactif explores French language and culture and includes real students from the University of Texas who studied abroad in Lyon, France. The textbook is well structured. For each chapter, there are 12 sections that reinforce the... read more

    Reviewed by Deborah Schocket, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University on 2/1/18

    The book covers all of the French grammatical structures and vocabulary themes that one would expect from a beginning textbook. It is designed with in-class components plus preparation, video clips, and online grammar intended for students to... read more

    Reviewed by Fatima Chajia, Assistant Professor, Southern University and A & M College on 6/20/17

    The textbook with its companion website are a complete package that can be used for a variety of levels of French. The companion website presents a wealth of highly modular multimedia content (videos, audio, activities in PDF format etc.). I... read more

    Reviewed by SAIMA ASHRAF-HASSAN, Term Professor of French, George Mason University on 6/20/17

    The text covers all major topics studied in French 110-115 (beginner and beginner advanced level) and 210 (intermediate) Class at GMU. Topics are appropriate and cover all areas and ideas. They allow student to talk about their everyday life. At... read more

    Reviewed by Alicia Soueid, Senior Lecturer of French, University of Texas at Arlington on 4/11/17

    The textbook is very comprehensive, covering all the primary vocabulary topics (classroom, calendar, countries, weather, seasons, transportation, parts of body, food, locations, holidays, housing, entertainment, clothing, etc...) and grammatical... read more

    Reviewed by Julie Nelson, Adjunct Instructor , Portland State University on 2/15/17

    Français Interactif combines a PDF textbook with a complementary online platform to introduce vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and culture to students of elementary French. read more

    Reviewed by Joseph Price, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona on 2/8/17

    Le Français Interactif is typical of first-year French textbooks, covering all of the grammatical and lexical material typically found in such texts. The presentation and structure is logical and well-considered, and the 13 chapters of the book... read more

    Reviewed by Christopher Leoni, Adjunct instructor, Portland State University on 2/8/17

    The textbook overall is mostly comprehensive and the traditional grammatical themes appear here as in other first/second year language books. There are very good thematic vocabulary lists at the beginning of each chapter, although clearer... read more

    Reviewed by Juliana Starr, Associate Professor of French, The University of New Orleans on 2/8/17

    Français interactif is a popular, award-winning, and thorough textbook of 347 pages, ideal for first-year French, but also useable for the first semester of second year. It includes fourteen chapters, organized thematically, plus a glossary. Each... read more

    Reviewed by Gina Greco, Professor, Portland State University on 12/5/16

    The text covers the material of first year French appropriately. read more

    Reviewed by Natacha Jeudy, Teaching Assistant, Louisiana State University on 12/5/16

    This textbook covers vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture of Elementary French. There is so much material in this textbook that it could not possibly be covered in one semester. Consequently, it would be a good text to have for French 1... read more

    Reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Oancea, Adjunct Professor of French, Miami University of Oxford, Regional Campuses on 8/21/16

    For an introductory level, the book covers the basic vocabulary, grammar, & cultural content well in a contextual format. read more

    Reviewed by Fleur Prade, Assistant Professor, Central Oregon Community College on 8/21/16

    This book is one of the most comprehensive French language textbooks in terms of vocabulary and grammar that I have seen in a while. The text covers all the areas of French language and culture thoroughly. The index is very well organized and... read more

    Reviewed by Cécile Accilien, Associate Professor, Kansas University on 8/21/16

    Français interactif is a thorough textbook with the companion website “Tex’s French Grammar.” The companion website is a valuable and user friendly website for students and instructors alike. I have used the website on many occasions in class... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Glossary of Symbols : How to Use Français interactif
    • Chapter 0 Bienvenue!
    • Chapter 1 Bonjour!
    • Chapter 2 Me voici!
    • Chapter 3 Les vacances en France
    • Chapter 4 Les gens
    • Chapter 5 Bon appétit!
    • Chapter 6 La ville
    • Chapter 7 Les fêtes
    • Chapter 8 La maison
    • Chapter 9 Médias et communications
    • Chapter 10 Mode, forme et santé
    • Chapter 11 Les études
    • Chapter 12 La vie professionnelle
    • Chapter 13 L'amour et l'argent
    • Glossaire

    Ancillary Material

    • COERLL
    • About the Book

      This textbook of classroom activities and homework accompanies Français interactif. Français interactif, the web-based French program developed and in use at the University of Texas since 2004, and its companion site, Tex's French Grammar (2000)are open access sites, free and open multimedia resources, which require neither password nor fees. Français interactif, used increasingly by students, teachers, and institutions throughout the world, includes 320 videos (American students in France, native French interviews, vocabulary and culture presentation videos) recorded vocabulary lists, phonetic lessons, online grammar lessons (600 pages) with self-correcting exercises and audio dialogues, online grammar tools (verb conjugation reference, verb practice), and diagnostic grammar tests.

      About the Contributors


      Karen Kelton was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas from 1981 to 2015. She continues to direct the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France.

      Nancy Guilloteau is a Senior Lecturer and the Language Program Director of lower division French in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas.

      Carl Blyth is the Director of the Center of Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) and Associate Professor of French Linguistics in the Department of French and Italian.  

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