Du tac au tac: Managing Conversations in French, 4th Edition

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  • Jeannette D. Bragger The Pennsylvania State University
  • Donald B. Rice Late of Hamline University
  • ISBN-10: 113331127X  |  ISBN-13: 9781133311270
  • 256 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 1991
  • © 2014 | Published
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Improve your French conversation skills with DU TAC AU TAC: MANAGING CONVERSATIONS IN FRENCH! The communicative strategies used in this French text help you reactivate, strengthen, and build on what you already know so that you can improve your French communication skills with ease. Each chapter is organized around what you need to know to interact with native speakers: how to initiate, maintain, and close conversations; how to communicate and respond to feelings and emotions; how to express opinions; and how to give and get information.

Features and Benefits

  • Each chapter of DU TAC AU TAC focuses on a related set of communicative strategies: how to meet someone; how to initiate, continue, and end a conversation; how to ask for and give help; how to express feelings; how to get and give advice; how to make plans; how to tell stories; how to present and react to opinions; how to discuss literature and current events.
  • The fourth edition of DU TAC AU TAC is divided into eight chapters, with Chapters 2 through 8 each containing three homework sections (Chez vous 1-3) alternating with three sections to be done in class (Entre nous 1-3). The student text is presented in the form of a workbook and any written work to be done in preparation for class conversations is done directly in the text.
  • DU TAC AU TAC features a clear progression from shorter and less complicated utterances to more extended discourse.
  • In order to create a better balance between the homework (Chez vous) and the classroom (Entre nous) activities, all explanations and models are located in the "Chez vous" sections. Because this work is done at home, students have more time to understand the explanations. In-class time can therefore be devoted exclusively to practice, interaction, and corrective feedback.
  • The audio program features a balance between authenticity and comprehensibility, includes 30 recordings, and is available to instructors in a CD format and to students via the website.
  • The authors provide students with a variety of contexts in which speakers and listeners interact to achieve successful communication. DU TAC AU TAC engages students through high-interest topics coupled with the appropriate communicative strategies.
  • Conversations progress from controlled to spontaneous. Listening comprehension exercises and oral drills follow each conversation.

Table of Contents

1. Participer à une conversation.
2. Demander et rendre service.
3. Demander et donner des conseils.
4. Faire des projets.
5. Exprimer ses sentiments et opinions.
6. Raconter des histories.
7. Discuter de textes de fiction.
8. Discuter de l'actualité.
Audio script.
Answer key.

What's New

  • All of the "Expressions" lists have been updated to include the high-frequency phrases in current use.
  • Each chapter contains the following new features: Zoom Culture (cultural notes related to the communicative strategies; cultural comparisons) and Zoom Langue (lexical and grammatical notes related to the communicative strategies).
  • Exercises (both direction lines and content), explanations, exercise vocabulary lists, audio recordings, photos, and art have been updated throughout the program to address feedback from current users of the program.
  • First names have been updated to more accurately reflect current usage and ethnic diversity.
  • In Chapter 6, an engaging short film has been added to the website, with exercises in the chapter.
  • DU TAC AU TAC was changed from a black-and-white book to two colors.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jeannette D. Bragger

Jeannette D. Bragger is a former professor of French at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include second language acquisition and the application of theoretical constructs to the field of pedagogy and language teaching. Professor Bragger is the co-author of ALLONS-Y!; JE VEUX BIEN!; and QUANT A MOI. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Donald B. Rice

Donald B. Rice was Professor Emeritus of French, Hamline University. His research interests included literary theory and twentieth-century French novels. He is co-author of ALLONS-Y!; JE VEUX BIEN!; and AUTOUR DE LA LITTÉRATURE. Professor Rice received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.