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- ISBN: 9780135033678 | 0135033675
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 1/13/2009
For courses in Introductory French. Building on the success of earlier editions and anchored in the most current innovations in language instruction, the Fourth Edition ofChez nousoffers a richly nuanced focus on the Francophone world through a highly integrative and process-oriented approach to the development of language skills that emphasizes the "Five Crs"s" and is consistent with the National Standards. The Fourth EditionChez nousis a complete elementary French program designed for use at colleges and universities, over two or three terms or semesters. Using a careful progression from skill-developing to skill-using activities and a sophisticated treatment of Francophone culture, the text and its full complement of supplementary materials help students develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills as well as insights into other cultures by exposing them to authentic, contemporary French and encouraging them to express themselves on a variety of topics. NEW TO THIS EDITION: Substantive new content. Language use and cultural realities are constantly changing, and this is reflected inChez nous, 4/e. Vocabulary presentations(Points de deacute;part)related to the topics of education, health, media, technology, and ecology have been revised, along with their corresponding art. Some new topics have been added to allow students to discuss important topics such as civic responsibility and multiculturalism. Correspondingly, nearly one third of the cultural notes (Vie et culture) are new or revised to include additional topics (such as volunteerism) or updated information, offering a more contemporary and nuanced picture of France and the Francophone world. More than a third of the skill building activities (Lisons, Eacute;coutons, Observons, Parlons, Eacute;crivons) are new or revised for this fourth edition, introducing new texts, video clips, and authentic tasks. In particular, half of the readings are significantly revised or new, including new literary selections and journalistic prose texts. The themes of theVenez chez nous !cultural lessons have been broadened inChapitres3and4, to reflect the overall chapter focus.Chapitre 3now emphasizes study and work in francophone countries, whileChapitre 4treats aspects of daily routine across the francophone world. Further refinement of the cyclical scope and sequence. Usersrs" feedback has led to additional modification of the scope and sequence for enhanced linguistic effectiveness and flexibility in the classroom. The chapter treating food and its related grammatical content has been moved to the first half of the book (Chapitre 5); this allows for earlier treatment of useful vocabulary and structural features such as the partitive. The treatment of direct and indirect object pronouns has been extended over two chapters (Chapitres 6, 7), for ease in acquisition; personal pronouns are then reviewed in the final chapter (Chapitre 12), where their most frequent combinations are presented and practiced. Increased attention to the development of learner strategies. RevisedEacute;crivonsactivities target explicit writing strategies, and a four-step process now encourages students to draft and revise their writing, focusing first on content and then on form. A new feature,Fiche pratique, outlines practical strategies to help students learn specific lesson content (for example, showing them ways to organize the new material, how to interact with native speakers using new content or structures, or how