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Alliages culturels: La société française en transformation, 1st Edition

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  • Heather Willis Allen University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sébastien Dubreil University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • ISBN-10: 1133309968  |  ISBN-13: 9781133309963
  • 304 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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About

Overview

ALLIAGES CULTURELS: LA SOCIÉTÉ FRANÇAISE EN TRANSFORMATION is designed for those who have completed at least two years of French language study. The text enriches students' knowledge of France and French society in the 21st century through the analysis and interpretation of textual artifacts, while it develops their advanced linguistic capacities. ALLIAGES CULTURELS begins with a general introduction to the study of another culture, and then is organized thematically into four parts which systematically address the larger core question: Qu'est-ce qu'être français aujourd'hui?

Features and Benefits

  • Chapters begin with a list of linguistic and cultural objectives, as well as a list of "Expressions de base" related thematically to the materials in the chapter. Organized by parts of speech, these expressions help to scaffold your comprehension of and communication about chapter themes and materials.
  • "Entrée en matière" introduces you to the focus of the chapter through historical references and definitions of related cultural concepts. To facilitate comprehension, this section concludes with one or more "Question(s) de comprehension" and several "Questions de réflexion" that help you move from comprehension of factual information to interpretation and discussion of that material.
  • You'll analyze and reflect on several textual artifacts related to each chapter's theme in "Texte à analyser". These include a wide variety of text types, such as newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, songs, speeches, and survey data. Extensive scaffolding accompanies each text, moving from pre-reading activities ("Avant de lire") to comprehension activities ("En lisant"), and culminating with interpretation and discussion activities ("Après avoir lu").
  • Video-based materials ("Première personne") feature interviews conducted with French speakers. Similar to the written texts, these sections also move from pre-viewing ("Avant de regarder l'interview") to comprehension ("En regardant l'interview"), and finally to discussion activities ("Après avoir regardé l'interview").
  • "Rappel!" sections contain a concise review of linguistic material, as well as contextualized examples and practice activities linked thematically to the chapter theme..
  • Each chapter concludes with an "Activité de synthèse", designed to assess your understanding of the chapter's theme through a summative task, either oral or written.
  • The Premium Website includes short quizzes to assess understanding of material, web search activities, and one image analysis writing activity per chapter based on certain photographs from the digital image gallery.

Table of Contents

Introduction.
Partie I: REPRÉSENTATION DE LA FRANCE ET DES FRANÇAIS.
1. L'Histoire.
2. Signes, symboles et mythes.
3. Stéréotypes
4. Géographie physique -- L'Hexagone.
Partie II: IDENTITÉS NATIONALES.
5. La langue française.
6. Identités régionales et spatiales.
7. Identités sociales et ethniques.
Partie III: LA VIE EN SOCIÉTÉ.
8. Immigration.
9. Croyances.
10. Education.
11. Le modèle social
Partie IV: LA FRANCE DANS LE MONDE.
12. La vie politique.
13. La France et l'Union Européenne.
14. La France et les pays francophones.
15. La France et l'Amérique.
Appendices.
Lexique.

What's New

  • Chapters begin with a list of linguistic and cultural objectives, as well as a list of "Expressions de base" related thematically to the materials in the chapter. Organized by parts of speech, these expressions help to scaffold student comprehension of and communication about chapter themes and materials.
  • "Entrée en matière" introduces students to the focus of the chapter through historical references and definitions of related cultural concepts. To facilitate comprehension, this section concludes with one or more "Question(s) de comprehension" and several "Questions de réflexion" that help move students from comprehension of factual information to interpretation and discussion of that material.
  • Students analyze and reflect on several textual artifacts related to each chapter's theme in "Texte à analyser". These include a wide variety of text types, such as newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, songs, speeches, and survey data. Extensive scaffolding accompanies each text, moving from pre-reading activities ("Avant de lire") to comprehension activities ("En lisant"), and culminating with interpretation and discussion activities ("Après avoir lu").
  • Video-based materials ("Première personne") feature interviews conducted with French speakers. Similar to the written texts, these sections also move from pre-viewing ("Avant de regarder l'interview") to comprehension ("En regardant l'interview"), and finally to discussion activities ("Après avoir regardé l'interview").
  • "Rappel!" sections contain a concise review of linguistic material, as well as contextualized examples and practice activities linked thematically to the chapter theme.
  • Each chapter concludes with an "Activité de synthèse", designed to assess students' understanding of the chapter's theme through a summative task, either oral or written.
  • The text's Premium Website offers online materials for instructors and students. Instructor resources include a pedagogical guide for teaching with the textbook; sample teaching and assessment materials; video interviews; a digital image gallery of photographs related to each chapter of the textbook; and an annotated list of up-to-date print and media resources to expand on themes found in the textbook.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The activities, audio and video supports are superb. Instructors who do not consider this textbook for a course on contemporary France are doing their students a disservice. Recommended without reservation."

— Dominick De Filippis, Wheeling Jesuit University

"Chapters have been carefully articulated, and the whole builds a broad and deep picture of contemporary French culture in its diversity and complexity."

— Claire Malarte-Feldman, University of New Hampshire

"I congratulate the authors on their conscious incorporation of linguistic supports and reminders, an element that is usually missing in culture texts."

— Kelly Sax, Indiana University - Bloomington

"[The] approach will definitely benefit a vast array of students (with different majors) and will help them - via a 'scaffold' teaching methodology - to develop their analytic and linguistic skills in French."

— Fanny Daubigny, California State University - Fullerton

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Premium Web Site Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 113393319X | ISBN-13: 9781133933199)

The Premium Website is automatically included with each new copy of the student textbook and offers online materials for both instructors and students. Instructor resources include a pedagogical guide for teaching with the textbook, sample teaching and assessment materials, video interviews, a digital image gallery of photographs related to each chapter of the textbook and an annotated list of up-to-date print and media resources to expand on themes found in the textbook. Student resources include short quizzes to assess comprehension, web search activities, and image analysis writing activities based on photographs from the digital image gallery.

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Student Supplements

Premium Web Site Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 113393319X | ISBN-13: 9781133933199)

The Premium Website is automatically included with each new copy of the textbook and offers valuable online materials for students. Student resources include short quizzes to assess comprehension, web search activities, and image analysis writing activities based on photographs from the digital image gallery.

List Price = $36.00  | CengageBrain Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Heather Willis Allen

Heather Willis Allen is an assistant professor of French and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Allen's research interests include foreign-language teacher development, literacy-based language instruction, and language-learning motivation. In addition to presenting at conferences, Dr. Allen's articles have appeared in the ADFL Bulletin (2010), the French Review (2009), the L2 Journal (2010), the Modern Language Journal (2010), the NECTFL Review (2008), From Thought to Action: Exploring Beliefs and Outcomes in the Foreign Language Program (2007), Principles and Practices of the Standards in College Foreign Language Education (2009), and Sociocultural Research on Second Language Teacher Education: Exploring the Complexities of Professional Development (2011). Heather received her Ph.D. in French/Education from Emory University in 2002.

Sébastien Dubreil

A native of Nantes (western France), Sèbastien Dubreil moved to the U.S. in 1994 and received his Ph.D. in French/Education from Emory University in 2002. His research interests include the definition of culture in the foreign-language classroom, its place in the curriculum, and the methods of assessment of the acquisition of culture. Dr. Dubreil has extensively investigated the use of multimedia technologies (video and the Internet) in the teaching of culture in the foreign language classroom. He also is interested in French and Francophone cinema and enjoys teaching film. He was awarded the 2009 College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Teaching Award.