Higher Education

Contacts: Langue et culture françaises, 9th Edition

  • Jean-Paul Valette NA and Boston College
  • Rebecca M. Valette Boston College
  • ISBN-10: 1133309585  |  ISBN-13: 9781133309581
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2001, 1997
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $215.50
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About

Overview

One of the most popular and proven introductory French programs available, CONTACTS: LANGUE ET CULTURE FRANÇAISES is renowned for its superior grammar sequencing, four-skills presentation and practice, vocabulary control, and supportive pedagogy. With a bold new design that makes the program more student friendly than ever, the ninth edition continues to reflect the realities of the contemporary French and Francophone worlds and to serve the communication needs of today's students. The program maintains its hallmark strengths of logical progression, clear organization, and solid pedagogy, which have effectively served more than half a million French language students. It also includes a new "Interlude Littéraire" section featuring a variety of reading genres as well as numerous technology enhancements, while continuing to prepare students for work, study, and travel abroad with its practical illustrations and activities.

Features and Benefits

  • A cornerstone of this popular program is its presentation of grammar structures in manageable, logical steps that enable students to learn language elements and use them in meaningful communication. The CONTACTS program incorporates systematic development of grammar with frequent recycling of previously learned material to help students continue building on what they have learned and maximize their success.
  • Pedagogically sound activities build confidence through contextualized practice of new material, while also incorporating structures and vocabulary that students have already learned.
  • "Notes Culturelles" with follow-up "À votre avis" questions heighten student awareness of cross-cultural similarities and differences and stimulate reflection and lively classroom conversation.
  • Communicative activities at the end of each lesson include task-oriented, paired activities that allow instructors to assess students' self-expression.
  • "Vie pratique" sections prepare students for work, study, and travel abroad with practical how-to vocabulary presented in daily life contexts, supported by related cultural information, sample real-life conversations, and communicative activities.
  • "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.

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.
INTERLUDE LITTÉRAIRE.
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.
INTERLUDE LITTÉRAIRE.
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.
INTERLUDE LITTÉRAIRE.
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.
INTERLUDE LITTÉRAIRE.
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....
INTERLUDE LITTÉRAIRE.
Unité 11: LE MONDE ACTUEL.
Leçon 31. La réussite.
Leçon 32. Français et Européens!
Leçon 33. La mondialisation: pour ou contre?
Appendices.
I. Les sons français.
II. Les verbes réguliers.
III. Les verbes auxiliaires.
IV. Les verbes irréguliers.
Vocabulaire.
Français-anglais.
Anglais-français.
Index.
Credits.

What's New

  • NEW: Included after Units 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10, the all-new "Interlude Littéraire" section features a variety of reading genres. These authentic readings, poetry, and music selections are supported by pre- and post-reading activities to ensure student comprehension. The corresponding Student Activity Manual incorporates additional texts related to the textbook and supplemental reading activities. All readings have been recorded to further develop listening skills.
  • NEW: At the beginning of every unit, "Rencontres Francophones" activities encourage students to learn what people inside and outside their classroom think about a variety of topics. These questions provide students with opportunities to seek connections with communities that extend beyond the academic setting and classroom walls.
  • NEW: The ninth edition includes several technology enhancements, including updates to the iLrn™ Heinle Learning Center, the addition of more than 30 Grammar interactive tutorials and 20 new cultural modules, and additional enrichment to the eBook and instructor tools in the comprehensive online learning system.
  • NEW: A completely revised design improves the user-friendliness of the program. The vocabulary, grammar, culture, and pronunciation sections are each color-coded, providing students with the tools to navigate the content with ease and confidence.
  • NEW: Vocabulary, cultural information, and photographs are thoroughly updated throughout the CONTACTS program, providing students with the most current information available related to Francophone culture.
  • NEW: Activities are revised throughout the program to reflect feedback from current users of the textbook program.

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Bundle: Text + SAM + Premium Web Site, 4 terms (24 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1285042115  | ISBN-13: 9781285042114

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  • Contacts: Langue et culture françaises
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  • Premium Web Site, 4 terms (24 months) Printed Access Card
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Bundle: Text + iLrn™ Heinle Learning Center Printed Access Card

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  • Contacts: Langue et culture françaises
    List Price = $286.95  | CengageBrain Price = $286.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $215.50
  • iLrn™ Heinle Learning Center 24-Months Instant Access
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Printed Text + iLrn™ Heinle Learning Center 24-Months Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305529065  | ISBN-13:  9781305529069

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  • Contacts: Langue et culture françaises
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  • iLrn™ Heinle Learning Center 24-Months Instant Access
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  • Contacts: Langue et culture françaises
    List Price = $286.95  | CengageBrain Price = $286.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $215.50
  • iLrn™ Heinle Learning Center, 4 terms (24 months) Printed Access Card
    List Price = $149.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $111.75
  • SAM
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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The structure of the grammar presentations lends well to the visual learner. The scaffolding approach to the exercises within the textbook helps students build upon knowledge and keeps past knowledge used and not as easily forgotten. The listening exercises are spot on."

— Nathan Reincheld, Asbury College

"There are not very many textbooks out there that combine vocabulary, grammar, and culture into a coherent whole, complete with workbook exercises and audio support. CONTACTS comes the closest to this ideal."

— Cristin Kalinowski, D'Youville College

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Contacts: Langue et culture francaises, 9th: PowerLecture Resource CD-ROM with Audio Testing  (ISBN-10: 1133933939 | ISBN-13: 9781133933939)

The PowerLecture package includes the Instructor Resource CD and the Testing Audio CD. The Instructor Resource portion of this helpful package equips you with a complete composed testing program designed specifically for this textbook. For each Unité, the testing program consists of four tests: a Version A and a Version B test for the three leçons (with accompanying answer keys and audio scripts), a test for the "Vie pratique" section, and a test for the "Images du monde Francophone" section. The Testing Audio CD provides Version A and Version B audio recordings to add native language input to accompany the testing program. The Instructor Resource CD also contains sample lesson plans and syllabi, PowerPoint® presentations of the vocabulary and grammar from the textbook, the textbook answer key, and other valuable assets.

SAM  (ISBN-10: 1133937624 | ISBN-13: 9781133937623)

This essential component follows the organization of the main text and provides additional 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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SAM Audio Program  (ISBN-10: 1133937640 | ISBN-13: 9781133937647)

The SAM audio program contains the listening, pronunciation, and speaking practice that corresponds to the listening activities in the SAM (Student Activities Manual). The SAM audio program is available to students via the password-protected Premium Website and iLrn™: Heinle Learning Center. Instant access can be purchased at http://www.cengagebrain.com.

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SAM Answer Key with Audio Script  (ISBN-10: 1285050401 | ISBN-13: 9781285050409)

This ancillary provides the answers to the Student Activities Manual and includes the audio script for the accompanying SAM Audio Program. STUDENT DESCRIPTION: This ancillary provides the answers to the Student Activities Manual and includes the audio script for the accompanying SAM Audio Program.

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iLrn™ Heinle Learning Center 24-Months Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133612865 | ISBN-13: 9781133612865)

This dynamic all-in-one diagnostic, tutorial, assessment, assignment, and course management system saves you time and enhances your students' language-learning experience. Everything your students need to master the skills and concepts of the course is built right into this online system, including an interactive diagnostic study tool, an audio- and video-enhanced eBook, brand new video cultural modules, interactive VoiceBoard, and more than 30 grammar tutorial videos. The Share It! feature enables sharing and uploading files, such as videos, for assignments and projects. Share It! also allows students to comment and rate their classmates' uploaded material. For instructors, iLrn™ features solutions organized around quick and easy execution of administrative tasks such as setting up an entire term's work in minutes, managing students' varying skill levels, assigning audio-enhanced tests and activities, accessing students' grades, and more. Students can access iLrn™ via a printed access card when packaged with new copies of the text. Students can purchase instant access to the iLrn™: Heinle Learning Center at http://www.cengagebrain.com.

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Premium Web Site Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1133612881 | ISBN-13: 9781133612889)

The text's new Premium Website is your students' one-stop portal to an online suite of digital resources. Students have complimentary access to the complete text audio program, auto-graded vocabulary and grammar quizzes, cultural web search activities, Google Earth™ coordinates, iTunes® playlist, and web links. Premium password-protected content is also conveniently posted to the website. Those resources include the complete SAM audio program, the complete video program, audio-enhanced flashcards, vocabulary and grammar podcasts, and more than 30 grammar tutorial videos. Students can purchase instant access to the premium resources at http://www.cengagebrain.com.

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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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Student Supplements

SAM  (ISBN-10: 1133937624 | ISBN-13: 9781133937623)

Following the organization of the main text, this essential resource provides additional 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.

List Price = $114.95  | CengageBrain Price = $114.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $86.50

SAM Audio Program  (ISBN-10: 1133937640 | ISBN-13: 9781133937647)

This set of CDs contains the listening, pronunciation, and speaking practice that corresponds to the listening activities in the SAM (Student Activities Manual).

List Price = $50.95  | CengageBrain Price = $50.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $38.25

SAM Answer Key with Audio Script  (ISBN-10: 1285050401 | ISBN-13: 9781285050409)

List Price = $15.95  | CengageBrain Price = $15.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $12.25

iLrn™ Heinle Learning Center 24-Months Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133612865 | ISBN-13: 9781133612865)

Study smart, save money, and maximize your course success! iLrn™: Heinle Learning Center has everything you need to master the skills and contents of the course. This online learning system includes a powerful study tool that helps determine your unique study needs and then provides you with a personalized study plan. You will also have access to an audio- and video-enhanced eBook with integrated activities, brand new video cultural modules, an interactive VoiceBoard with helpful role plays, an online SAM with audio, and live, online tutoring with a French teaching expert, and more than 30 grammar tutorial videos. The Share It! feature enables sharing and uploading files, such as videos, for assignments and projects. Share It! also allows you to comment and rate your classmates' uploaded material. You can purchase instant access to the iLrn™: Heinle Learning Center at http://www.cengagebrain.com.

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

Premium Web Site Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1133612881 | ISBN-13: 9781133612889)

The text's new Premium Website is your one-stop portal to an online suite of digital resources. You have complimentary access to the complete text audio program, auto-graded vocabulary and grammar quizzes, cultural web search activities, Google Earth™ coordinates, iTunes® playlist, and web links. Premium password-protected content is also conveniently posted to the website. Those resources include the complete SAM audio program, the complete video program, audio-enhanced flashcards, vocabulary and grammar podcasts, and more than 30 grammar tutorial videos. You can purchase instant access to the premium resources at http://www.cengagebrain.com.

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

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).