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French Basic Course (Revised) drows heauily on the French Basic Course by which prouides the background for the couer of this book is the work of Claude Abron, The English portions were proofread by Joann Tench Meeks. Although every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this book, the publisher and Helps you figure out why French is the language for you. 3 .. The one that says in only slightly accented, but perfect English, “I beg your pardon. intermediate French courses, especially with respect to cultural vocabulary specific exist in English. cucurboldnegel.cf for more language books.
Each page can fit snugly onto the iPad and can be easily turned. As such the reader is able to literally study a page at time. The author has also made good use of side-bars contains tips and hyperlinks to and stand-alone tables containing the words, phonetic transcriptions, and meanings, etc.
The author has also effectively used both photos and drawings to point out various situations. She has also used symbols to guide the reader as to what the text refers to. For example a partner symbol designates a conversation or exercise in pairs and a microphone symbol refers to interviewing people.
The topics selected for the book are excellent and relate to "la vie quotidienne" in France. They also compare favourably with other study materials I have encountered since I started studying French in the s. The materials are also very relevant , utilising French names, Francophone countries, photos, newspapers and places of interest. It is a pleasure to read.
The book's interface is immaculate. As I said I've used and iPad with iBooks software and there are no navigation problems The search facilities find words and phrases without difficulty, including metadata to find photos. The text contains no grammatical errors at all, neither in the French language nor the English language.
This is testament to the dedicated work the author has clearly put into writing the materials. The book is culturally relevant.
Whilst there are references to Francophone countries, including those in Africa and North America it can also be argued that it is "France-centric". Examples are the holidays referred to in one of the exercises relate to France. I would definitely recommend this book as a text for foundation level at university or "A Level".
Even though it is written in the USA for an apparent American audience, the author displays a definitive knowledge of the French language and culture. 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 The grammar coverage is quite comprehensive, and I particularly appreciate the wide array of cultural notes introducing students to important aspects of French and Francophone culture. There is no index though there is a very helpful Title Page and there is no glossary. The content is accurate, error-free, and unbiased. It needs to be continually updated; there were a small handful of outdated references and anachronisms, but these can easily be fixed.
The content is up-to-date, and with regular updates and reviews it will remain relevant particularly where certain cultural notes and contexts are concerned. The grammar itself is timeless. To make this textbook more up-to-date pedagogical trends, I would like to see more use of film short films or feature-length , and to see these updated every few years. The book is exceedingly clear and well-organized. I appreciate very much that the beginning of each chapter states very clearly what the learning objectives for the chapter are.
The use of English in this case will be very helpful for first-year French learners. The text is very consistent, employing a "spiral" method in which certain materials are recycled throughout the text in order to help students to gain mastery through repetition.
Like any good textbook, the material builds on itself throughout the book. The text materials can easily be divided into subunits suited to the instructor's purposes, who may easily pick and choose which materials to use or not to use.
The book is not overly self-referential and easily divisible into specific exercises, projects, or emphases. The organization is excellent. The chapters are neatly divided into grammar, vocabulary, cultural, and oral exercise sections. The presentation of these materials is consistent and predictable, which makes learning the material easier. The interface is generally excellent.
There were occasional red marks and other awkward signs on the PDF version that I pulled up version , but spacing, navigation of materials, and clarity of visuals were all excellent. I did not find any grammatical errors.
The overall coverage of the grammar is excellent. The book covers everything I would hope to cover in the first two semesters of introductory French and then some! I wish there were more emphasis on vocabulary, however. The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It makes an effort to discuss Francophone culture outside of metropolitan France, but I would like to see more authentic cultural readings and notes, even at the first-year level.
I would like to see more integration of film and music. I would like to see more cultural texts, especially authentic ones not always artificially constructed texts created specifically with this textbook in mind. I would like to see a greater emphasis on vocabulary.
The grammar coverage is excellent, the organization is clear and predictable which is very helpful for our first-year French learners , the exercises are very useful, and I like the emphasis on oral learning exercises.
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 To her credit, Angelo admits that more grammar detail is offered in this work than is typical of a first-year language book: If this were to be a truly communicative approach, I would suggest that the author simplify the French and eliminate the cultural passages until this material can be presented both entirely and effectively in the target language.
This would probably only cause confusion and frustration in the class, forcing the professor I imagine to resort to English to explain the directions. In one clip, a Swiss man explains the practice entirely in language that a beginning student could never hope to comprehend. In the other clip, a young man from New Zealand is seen and heard speaking with a native French speaker.
While the skit is amusing, it is very odd that the fellow from New Zealand speaks English to the French man while the French man responds in French with English subtitles on the screen. In one very peculiar case, Angelo even seems to apologize to her student users for French being difficult. When introducing numbers from 60 to , for instance, the author states: I am not so sure that many college freshmen in the United States would quite know what to do with this information even though admittedly Angelo does attempt to explain the IPA symbols later in the chapter.
This sound does not exist in English. Given how thorough her explanation of grammar is, one would have to assume that the English speaker using this textbook would not be confused by the correct use of English grammar. The most disappointing aspect of this book for me, however, is the use of English mnemonic devices to teach the target language. The information in this book is relevant and up-to-date; however, the images of many of the politicians pictured here will soon have to be updated.
It seems to me as though the book is more appropriate to a student with a more advanced knowledge of the language especially regarding the detailed grammar and phonetics sections than is typical of a first-year student in the United States.
The grammar sections contain very detailed information on French phonetics. Much of the information presented in the grammar and phonetics sections could probably be used in more advanced courses just so long as the professor does not mind presenting this material in English and is open to the mnemonic suggestions for learning proper French grammar and pronunciation.
There are many links that allow the reader to progress to subsequent parts of the book. I also had trouble finding common words in my search bar.
Also, the reference for footnote 7 in Chapter 6 was labeled as 6, which created some confusion. The textbook is culturally relevant in all the ways that one would expect a 21st-century textbook to be.
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Reviewed by Robert Sanders, Assoc. The scope and sequence are very good; the material covered is everything one would expect from a first-year text. It is organized around communication, culture and grammar, as described in the introduction. Its twelve chapters can be easily divided into two semesters, three trimesters or four quarters.
The TOC is clear and fairly detailed, although there is no chart or table of scope and sequence at the beginning nor is there an index, glossary or verb charts such as one often finds at the end of basic language texts.
Some highlights include: Also, the text takes advantage of freely available video on the web, which is generally of good quality. Most of the content of the text concerns language, longstanding patterns of usage and culture, both in terms of famous artists and behavioral culture. Therefore the text has pretty good longevity.
An example of something that might easily be eliminated without harming the content is the rate of exchange for the Euro on page This is particularly true of the grammar explanations, which students are expected to study at home.
The author explicitly seeks to create a culture of grammatical awareness in both English and Spanish. The chapters are very consistent, as is required for texts of this type. The chapters do gradually shorten, from about 75 pages in each of the first chapters to about 45 pages in each of the last chapters.
This is not surprising for a first year language text as students are gradually required to produce more language themselves writing and speaking prompts, and the exercises and activities that contain them, become shorter while students produce more language in response to them.
The fact that the lab manual or workbook is integrated into each chapter and the answer keys if you chose one of the editions with answers keys appear at the end of each chapter make this text much more modular than most texts on the market. The fact that it is generally free and the text videos are available online make modular use of this book quite possible.
The audio for the integrated lab manual is currently only available from the author this is expected to change in ; the author provides the audio files free of charge for partial and complete adoptions. I think this text is about as modular as I would be willing to accept. First year language programs require texts whose material is highly integrated, that is to say that material previously presented, practiced and explained becomes subsumed or repeated in later chapters. In other words, it is not advisable in a language program to combine many individual chapters from different texts into a pastiche.
Nonetheless, any of the chapters in this book could easily be used for review or to bolster a non-traditional language program for which one did not want to adopt a complete text, such as a short term study abroad program to a French speaking country eg. The organization flows very naturally and in accordance with ACTFL proficiency tasks, starting with the most immediate context self, others, people, objects, classroom, family, work and ending with the more abstract past, future, commands.
This is the area where lack of development spending by a publisher is most notable. The line art illustration is pretty good and the text makes great use of freely available video and photography. I would have no hesitation in adopting this book, but a few things that could be addressed include: Color and style scheme: This textbook is very plain and although well organized, it would benefit from more color and style design. Basic language texts are highly structured, with many thematic sections dialogues, grammar presentations, cultural observations, listening practice, etc.
Using a color and style scheme makes these sections more readily identifiable and speeds familiarity with the text for teachers and students. Video links: I reviewed the. There are numerous video clips in the textbook. The videos are on YouTubeTM and generally have p resolution, which is low for a desktop and is not the best quality, but works well on mobile devices because of the low demand for data.
They worked well on my iPad, iPhone and PC desktop. The content of the videos is very good, culturally relevant, and is of native speakers of French. Some of the videos have ads.
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Following the links on my desktop did not open a new window or a new tab, and as a result navigating back to the textbook always take one back to page one. Audio links: The audio to accompany the integrated lab manual is pretty good and the actors are native speakers.
I would feel comfortable assigning it. To get access to the audio for the integrated lab manual, you will need to contact the author. She plans to have all of the audio online at lightandmatter.
She also plans to rerecord some of the audio clips for better quality and to update any dated material. Each audio file covers an entire chapter, and is 15 to 60 MB, generally too large for mobile devices. Access to the files is currently provided through Drop BoxTM, requiring users to create a free account. It would be nice for these audio files to segmented and linked in the text at each exercise, and without the Drop Box intermediary. The typesetting is pretty good.
I would suggest using a smaller font in the margin note textboxes; this will alleviate some of the issues arising from full justification in such a narrow space and will further distinguish the notes from the body text. I am sure the author is still working on cleaning up a few typos, such as: Voir B.
I did not see any grammatical or orthographic errors. I think the text has been pretty well proofed, despite a few typos mentioned above.
The book is inclusive of francophone peoples in the Americas, Europe and Africa. I did not see any insensitive material in the book. I am amazed that a book of this quality is available for free. If I taught first year French I directed a large first-year Spanish program for ten years I would very seriously consider adopting this book, and I congratulate the author for single handedly bringing it together.
I think the author will continue to improve this book and its adoptions will grow. The only area of concern I have are the audio files; they work pretty well but will need to be segmented and compressed for future mobile users.
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 It covers functions necessary to reach intermediate-low to intermediate-mid proficiency although this proficiency would probably be not be reached until the 2nd year.
It is organized in an order that is expected for this content and is easy to follow. It covers all the typical topics covered in 1st-year programs and provides a large range of cultural information. I did not notice any inaccuracy overall.
The 5 Cs could be more obviously stated throughout, which could facilitate planning for teachers. This allows the book to be very practical for instructors. There are several cultural instances where questions are asked to make learners compare their own cultures with the ones mentioned in the chapter.
Many good questions triggering critical-thinking skill. The particular comparisons mentioned in the text are such that they do not change overtime. The content starts with a focus on words and expands throughout the chapters, adding complexity to the content, the texts and the expectations.
Not too much grammar, which is a good in order not to overwhelm students. It also follows the content that the ACTFL guidelines prescribe for intermediate-low to -mid students would know. Maybe beginning books do not emphasize pronunciation as much. The activities are a little bit squished together, making reading them a little difficult to read through the directions and the activities themselves.
As mentioned later, the instructions for the activities could be clarified or at least illustrated more often with an example. I understand it is an open textbook, so the quality of the images is decent for this situation. Here's what you need to do to produce the French 'R' sounds correctly: Try to partially close the back of your throat, keeping your tongue in the middle and not touching the roof or your mouth Blow air out from deep in your throat again, almost as if you were trying to clear your throat.
The best way to practice these sounds is with a recording or with a native French speaker, so you can listen to the sound you should be trying to reproduce.
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Practicing often and don't worry if you can't get these sounds right at first. The more you speak French, the better you'll get at these pronunciations.
For most people, once this difference has been pointed out, the problem quickly evaporates with a little practice. These two sounds are the ones that are likely to leave French people scratching their heads or perhaps giggling depending on what you have just said.
Just practise a few words while listening to a recording, you'll soon be able to master the differences. One final tip is not to fall into the trap of letting written French spoil your pronunciation. Listen carefully to the way native speakers pronounce words and try to replicate them.
Listen, too, to the rhythm and the melody of the language and try to copy it. Just like any other language, French has its own rhythm and intonation. You'll pick up on this over time and the more you do so the better and more natural your French will sound. This is mainly because experienced language learners know how to learn a language.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid some of the mistakes many new language learners make. While learning a language absolutely involves acquiring large amounts of new words, learning random lists of vocab is probably the single most inefficient way of doing it. When you learn a language, you should focus on learning the words you're actually likely to need. Just because your textbook has a list of the words for different body parts or types of clothing doesn't necessarily mean they're important.
Focus on learning words you're likely to use in conversation rather than getting hung up on memorising the French for things like 'eyebrows' or 'shoelace'. You learn new words by being exposed to them in a variety of different contexts. Focus on noting down the key words that are most important to you and practice them in context as much as possible. For example, when reading a book or a newspaper in English you'll come across many words that you might not be able to define exactly, but you are still able to understand their overall meaning from the context in which they appear.
This should be the same in a second language. Try to understand the meaning of the word from its context. Learning words in this way helps to fix them in your long-term memory too because you develop a better understanding of the context in which they're used.
If you wait until you can speak a language perfectly before you start speaking, you'll never start speaking. A great place to start speaking is italki. This site allows you to find French tutors from all over the wolrd and book lessons or speaking sessions with them. Focus on writing down only the most important words you come across and take the time to review them regularly. It's far more useful to have a small list of really important words you review regularly than a long list you never look at!
Forgetting is simply part of the learning process so don't get too down or frustrated when things don't stick right away. Accept that you are allowed to forget things and your learning will be much faster.
Aim for clear and intelligible pronunciation and leave it at that. Over time, your pronunciation will continue to improve but this takes months and months of using the language regularly.
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When learning a language, it is extremely important not to become disheartened or you'll want to give up. Be aware of the progress you are making and feel good about it! Memorise Key Phrases Learning lists of random words will get you nowhere. What you do need to do is identify the key phrases you're most likely to use and memorise those instead.
When you want to ask what something is, this is what you say. Learn how to pronounce it correctly, practice saying it and accept it as it is. The grammar will start to make sense later on, but for now, just focus on getting started and learning to use the language as much as possible.
There are certain key words and phrases that will give you a huge head start in conversational French. Learn these first and you'll be surprised how much you can communicate in a short period of time. However, you should always remember one thing: you can say everything with vocabulary and nothing with grammar. But if you know lots of words and very little grammar, you will probably still be able to make yourself understood.
Instead, focus on being very attentive as you listen to the language or read it. If you do this, you'll soon start to notice the main grammatical patterns becoming clear.
Try and pick up the grammar through context and use the patterns you identify. Of course, you will make mistakes in grammar and this is a good thing.
After all, making mistakes is how we learn. And remember, even native speakers make mistakes in grammar, just think of some native English speakers! Find French People To Speak With The final and most important step in learning any language is that you must practise using it. You can study every day alone with a book and CDs for six months but you'll still struggle to communicate unless you practice speaking.
This means you need to find French people to practise with! If you live in a French-speaking country it should be easy to find language exchange partners this way.
And even if you live outside of France, you'll likely find lots of French speakers to practice with as it's such a global language. There are also a number of language exchange apps which you can use to find language partners from around the world.
This means it's easy to find language partners to practice with online even if you can't find an in-person meet-up. My personal favourite is italki. Resources To Learn French Online Now that you're ready to start learning French, these are my recommended resources to learn as quickly as possible. Learn to speak French like a local and create your ideal life, all while enjoying an entertaining story in French! I've written a series of short stories designed especially for beginners.
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If you follow these simple steps, you'll find that your French ability improves quickly! The most important thing is just to start. And if you plan to use French for business you'll also gain a greater understanding for and respect from your French-speaking business partners. One final word of advice: when learning any language daily practice is key.
Practising for a short amount of time every day is much better than practising for 3 or 4 hours once a week.
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