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Contacts: Langue et culture françaises, 8th Edition

  • Jean-Paul Valette NA and Boston College
  • Rebecca M. Valette Boston College
  • ISBN-10: 0618395784  |  ISBN-13: 9780618395781
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2001, 1997, 1993
  • © 2009 | Published
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Overview

Applauded for its superior grammar sequencing, four-skills presentation and practice, vocabulary control, and supportive pedagogy, CONTACTS remains one of the most popular Introductory French programs available. Now in its Eighth Edition, the program continues to reflect the realities of the contemporary French and Francophone worlds and to serve the communication needs of the new millennium. Its hallmark strengths--highly effective logical progression, clear organization, and supportive pedagogy--which have served more than half a million CONTACTS users so well, are enhanced in the Eighth Edition by the iLrn Heinle Learning Center. Everything your students need to master the skills and concepts of the course is built into this dynamic learning environment. The iLrn Heinle Learning Center includes an audio-enhanced eBook, assignable textbook activities, companion videos with pre- and post-viewing activities, partnered voice-recorded activities, an online workbook and lab manual with audio, interactive enrichment activities, and a diagnostic study tool to help them prepare for exams. The authors' heightened emphasis on interpersonal communication skills in this edition, presented through a broad range of stimulating activities that engage students in the many facets of the French-speaking world, is also further enhanced by the iLrn Heinle Learning Center.

Features and Benefits

  • Presentation of structures in manageable, logical steps enables students to master language elements and use them in meaningful communication through systematic development of grammar, with frequent recycling of previously learned material.
  • Pedagogically sound activities build confidence and mastery through contextualized practice of new material, while also incorporating structures and vocabulary that students have already learned.
  • Communicative activities at the end of each lesson include task-oriented, paired activities that allow instructors to assess their students' self-expression as well as Vivre en France sections offering advice for everyday situations students would encounter in a French-speaking country.

Table of Contents

To the Student: Bonjour!: Preface.
UNITÉ 1. BONJOUR, TOUT LE MONDE!
Leçon 1. Bonjour!
Leçon 2. Copain, copine.
Leçon 3. Ça va?
UNITÉ 2. OUI, NOUS PARLONS FRANÇAIS.
Leçon 4. À Québec.
Leçon 5. À Dakar.
Leçon 6. À Genève.
UNITÉ 3. ENTRE AMIS.
Leçon 7. La vie est belle.
Leçon 8. À la terrasse d'un café.
Leçon 9. Vive la musique!
UNITÉ 4. NOTRE MONDE PERSONNEL.
Leçon 10. Ma famille.
Leçon 11. Rien n'est parfait.
Leçon 12. Le rêve et la réalité.
UNITÉ 5. CHEZ LES FRANÇAIS.
Leçon 13. Une question de priorité.
Leçon 14. Un mois à Paris.
Leçon 15. Souvenirs de vacances.
UNITÉ 6. BON APPÉTIT!
Leçon 16. Un grand gourmand.
Leçon 17. Petit déjeuner du matin.
Leçon 18. L'anniversaire de Charlotte.
UNITÉ 7. À L'UNIVERSITÉ.
Leçon 19. Une condition essentielle.
Leçon 20. Des notes importantes.
Leçon 21. Problèmes, problèmes.
UNITÉ 8. HIER ET AUJOURD'HUI.
Leçon 22. La vie urbaine.
Leçon 23. Le premier rendez-vous.
Leçon 24. Un cambriolage.
UNITÉ 9. IMAGES DE LA VIE.
Leçon 25. Le sport, c'est la santé.
Leçon 26. Pauvre Stéphane!
Leçon 27. Le grand amour.
UNITÉ 10. PERSPECTIVES D'AVENIR.
Leçon 28. Une candidate parfaite.
Leçon 29. Après l'université.
Leçon 30. Si j'avais plus d'argent...
UNITÉ 11. LE MONDE ACTUEL.
Leçon 31. La réussite.
Leçon 32. Français et Européens!
Leçon 33. La mondialisation: pour ou contre?
Appendices.
I. Lessons français.
II. Les verbes réguliers.
III. Les verbes auxiliaires.
IV. Les verbes irréguliers.
Vocabulaire.
Français-anglais.
Anglais-français.
Index.
Credits.

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  • New! Images du monde Francophone sections present engaging illustrated magazine inserts that highlight the geography and history, art and music, personalities and cultural features of France, Quebec, Africa, and Haiti.
  • New! Notes culturelles with follow-up À votre avis questions heighten student awareness of cross-cultural similarities and differences and stimulate reflection and conversation.
  • New! Enhanced pedagogical support provides new Phonétique sections for each lesson; boxed pronunciation notes; color-coding of active vocabulary, main grammar structures, and verb forms; and placement of lesser grammar points (presented for recognition only) in small À noter boxes.

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Instructor Supplements

Student Activities Manual  (ISBN-10: 0618395806 | ISBN-13: 9780618395804)

Provides out-of-class practice, with four parts to each unit. Français écrit and Français parlé contain written and listening activities, respectively, for all three lessons in a unit. Vie pratique offers both written and listening activities based on the practical language section, and Images du monde Francophone provides written and listening activities based on the cultural "magazine" sections. Révision tests appear after Unités 3, 6, 9 and 11.

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eSAM in Quia Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0618395857 | ISBN-13: 9780618395859)

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Pas de probleme DVD  (ISBN-10: 0618395865 | ISBN-13: 9780618395866)

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Instructor's Testing Audio CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0618395903 | ISBN-13: 9780618395903)

Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince, Revised Educational Edition  (ISBN-10: 0395240050 | ISBN-13: 9780395240052)

The Educational Edition of this contemporary masterpiece features full-color reproductions of Saint-Exupéry’s original drawings. The text is presented unabridged and includes John Richardson Miller’s introduction to the author’s life and works, notes, a bibliography, and a complete end vocabulary.

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Le Compagnon du Petit Prince Workbook  (ISBN-10: 0155504487 | ISBN-13: 9780155504486)

This exercise manual, written entirely in French, is the perfect complement to all three editions of Le Petit Prince. It features 23 groups of exercises as well as suggested topics for composition.

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Annotated Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 0618395792 | ISBN-13: 9780618395798)

Student Supplements

Student Activities Manual  (ISBN-10: 0618395806 | ISBN-13: 9780618395804)

Provides out-of-class practice, with four parts to each unit. Français écrit and Français parlé contain written and listening activities, respectively, for all three lessons in a unit. Vie pratique offers both written and listening activities based on the practical language section, and Images du monde Francophone provides written and listening activities based on the cultural "magazine" sections. Révision tests appear after Unités 3, 6, 9 and 11.

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iLrn™ Heinle Learning Center Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495802549 | ISBN-13: 9780495802549)

With iLrn: Heinle Learning Center, everything students need to master the skills and concepts of the course is built right in to this dynamic audio- and video-enhanced learning environment, including: An audio- and video-enhanced eBook Assignable, integrated textbook activities Companion videos with pre- and post-viewing activities Assignable, partnered voice-recorded activities An online workbook and lab manual with audio Interactive enrichment activities, and A diagnostic study tool to better prepare students for exams.

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eSam in Quia Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1428288503 | ISBN-13: 9781428288508)

This electronic version of the Student Activities Manual contains the same content as the print SAM in an interactive environment that provides immediate feedback on many activities. The audio associated with the Laboratory Manual section of the SAM is included.

List Price = $149.00  | CengageBrain Price = $149.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $149.00

eSAM in Quia Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0618395857 | ISBN-13: 9780618395859)

This electronic version of the Student Activities Manual contains the same content as the print SAM in an interactive environment that provides immediate feedback on many activities. The audio associated with the Laboratory Manual section of the SAM is included.

List Price = $96.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.00

Pas de probleme DVD  (ISBN-10: 0618395865 | ISBN-13: 9780618395866)

Now offered on DVD, the Pas de problème 60-minute video filmed in and around Paris with a multicultural cast is custom-designed to accompany Contacts. Twelve modules focus on everyday situations, while six documentary Impressions sections provide additional background and information.

List Price = $73.95  | CengageBrain Price = $73.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $55.25

Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince, Revised Educational Edition  (ISBN-10: 0395240050 | ISBN-13: 9780395240052)

The Educational Edition of this contemporary masterpiece features full-color reproductions of Saint-Exupéry’s original drawings. The text is presented unabridged and includes John Richardson Miller’s introduction to the author’s life and works, notes, a bibliography, and a complete end vocabulary.

List Price = $75.95  | CengageBrain Price = $75.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $57.25

Le Compagnon du Petit Prince Workbook  (ISBN-10: 0155504487 | ISBN-13: 9780155504486)

This exercise manual, written entirely in French, is the perfect complement to all three editions of Le Petit Prince. It features 23 groups of exercises as well as suggested topics for composition.

List Price = $118.95  | CengageBrain Price = $118.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $89.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jean-Paul Valette

Jean-Paul and Rebecca M. Valette are widely respected modern language authors for college and high school programs. A native of France, Jean-Paul Valette is a full-time writer. Rebecca Valette is a professor emeritus of Romance Languages at Boston College and past president of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). In 2006, the Valettes were honored by the French government and named Officier and Commandeur dans l'ordre des Palmes Académiques for their outstanding contributions in promoting French language and culture in the United States.

Rebecca M. Valette

Rebecca M. Valette is a professor emeritus of Romance Languages at Boston College and past president of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).