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Contextualized French Grammar: A Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Stacey Katz Bourns Harvard University
  • ISBN-10: 1111354146  |  ISBN-13: 9781111354145
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

CONTEXTUALIZED FRENCH GRAMMAR: A HANDBOOK is a reference guide for lower division French-language students designed to help bridge the gap between lower-level language classes and upper-level content classes by developing students' awareness of how grammar functions in discourse. The handbook presents grammar rules in a detailed yet concise manner so students can learn to create language and develop greater awareness of language and comprehension in different contexts. Instructors may use the handbook as a supplement to the materials they are already using or students may use it as a self-guide.

Features and Benefits

  • Easy to use format and friendly tone. Grammar concepts are numbered in a user-friendly format allowing students to focus on specific topics without having to leaf through the entire book. The handbook also uses a question and answer format that anticipates and recognizes students' needs. This organization, combined with a writing style that talks directly to the reader and humor, helps diminish students' anxiety about learning grammar.
  • Clear, detailed, and concise presentations. Complex grammar points are treated in a way that is understandable and tailored to native English speakers. An initial chapter explains most of the common (and important) grammatical terms in the book. Each chapter contains clear explanations of concepts, accompanied by charts, contextualized examples, and sometimes illustrations to address students' different learning styles. Exceptions to the rules are clearly distinguished.
  • Explanations on how to use grammar in different settings. Differences between spoken and written language structures are clearly highlighted in the handbook, ensuring accurate use and application of language in different contexts. Students are also taught differences between informal and formal language.
  • Learning strategies. Grammar is often very difficult for students to internalize. Students are provided with effective learning strategies to help master difficult grammar concepts.
  • Opportunities to practice learned concepts and extend basic knowledge. Each chapter concludes with activities that call on students to use both inductive and deductive reasoning to test whether they have learned the concepts presented. Each chapter also includes a section that invites students to go beyond the basic rules of grammar and tackle some of the fine points of a concept.
  • Quick reference appendices and index. Verb charts, irregular language elements, verbs that take a particular preposition, among other charts and an index are included in the handbook so students may easily find the information they need.

Table of Contents

Preface: To the Reader.
Introduction.
1. Basic Concepts and Terms. Nouns.
2. Articles and Determiners.
3. Nouns and Adjectives. Verbs.
4. Present Tense.
5. Past Tenses.
6. Future and Conditional Tenses.
7. Subjunctive. Sentences.
8. Interrogative Expressions.
9. Relative Clauses.
10. Pronouns. Other.
11. Problem Spots for Learners. Savoir vs. connaître. C'est vs. il est. Depuis vs. pendant. Pendant vs. pour. Faire causative. Comparative/superlative. H aspiré. Prepositions and Geography.
Appendices: Adjective forms. Passé simple. Infinitives and prepositions. Verb forms. Irregular present tense. Subjunctive.
Glossary.
Index.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"We need to bridge the knowledge that Applied Linguists have with the undergrad language learning experience, and this book seems like an excellent tool to that end."

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stacey Katz Bourns

Stacey Katz received her Ph.D from the University of Texas, Austin, in French Linguistics. Stacey Katz is currently the Director of Language Programs in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She has published several pedagogical texts and presented her research at major conferences. Stacey's research interests include Applied French Linguistics, French syntax and French pragmatics.