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Controverses 3rd Edition

Larbi Oukada | Didier Bertrand | Janet L. Solberg

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  • ISBN-10: 1305742257
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CONTROVERSES is built around the goals of the National Standards and French thought (including point/counterpoint/synthesis), presents timely and provocative issues that are important to the French and francophone world, and is relevant to today's students. This student-centered, advanced intermediate French program is geared toward the communicative, analytical classroom. The high-interest topics and well-crafted activities presented in the text stimulate conversation and thoughtful debate in the classroom, foster students' conversational skills, and encourage students to learn and practice the language. Each chapter provides students with the opportunity to express themselves verbally and in writing while systematically addressing each of the 5 Cs.

Larbi Oukada, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Larbi Oukada, a native of Casablanca, Morocco, is the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Georgia College. Professor Oukada received a Ph.D. in linguistics from Louisiana State University. His research and publications have focused on French phonology, methods of teaching second languages, and the notion of curricular responsiveness. Professor Oukada coauthored with the late Mike Oates of Iowa a first-year French program entitled ENTRE AMIS, now in its sixth edition and adopted by over 350 colleges and universities. He is also the lead author of CONTROVERSES, now in its third edition.

Didier Bertrand, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Didier Bertrand is Associate Professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Iowa, and his research and publications focus on the retellings of the Robinson Crusoe story and second language acquisition. He is the author of several articles on twentieth-century French fiction, the author of TEST YOURSELF IN FRENCH GRAMMAR, and coauthor of the ENTRE AMIS workbook. He currently serves as President of the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.

Janet L. Solberg, Kalamazoo College

Janet Solberg is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in French from the University of Minnesota in 1988. Her main areas of interest are sixteenth-century French short narrative, francophone literature (especially the literatures of Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia), intercultural communication, and second language acquisition.
  • The Student Activities Manual (SAM) is the companion volume to the text and contains user-friendly grammar explanations and practice, exercises to build oral and written accuracy, listening activities, and reflective exercises. Additional writing in the “Atelier d'écriture” section encourages students to rehearse how to describe and explain familiar objects and phenomena, how to write for different purposes and different audiences, and how to articulate personal and persuasive arguments.
  • Each chapter provides students with opportunities to express themselves both verbally and in writing while systematically addressing each of the 5 Cs. By addressing these national standards, students are able to communicate more effectively in French while drawing cultural and structural comparisons between the francophone world and their own.
  • One of the strongest and most distinguishable features of the program is the presentation of opposing viewpoints. Unlike many programs' static approach to cultural presentation, CONTROVERSES invites students to analyze a topic “in the French style” by reading and studying several viewpoints before deciding on a personal point of view.
  • To stimulate class discussion, chapter topics center on several culturally relevant issues such as bilingualism, globalization, immigration, the media and private life, and individual versus collective freedom.
  • The “Rédaction guidée” section in the text aids students in the development of their writing about the given topics. Students are asked to present and describe their topic and then express the arguments both for and against this topic. Next, in the “Synthèse” section, students must introduce a third and completely new perspective on the topic, which challenges them to rise above the two sides previously presented. Finally, in the conclusion, students summarize and express their opinions on the issue.



PRÉLIMINAIRE. Un premier contact.
1. Changer l'éducation ou la société?
2. L'amitié est-elle possible à travers les réseaux sociaux?
3. La technologie pour tous: Pouvoir ou vulnérabilité?
4. La parité entre les sexes.
5. Le bien collectif et la liberté individuelle.
6. La mondialisation: Est-ce une réalité inévitable ou une cause à combattre?
7. L'immigration est-elle une menace ou un enrichissement?
8. Langue et société: Le statut de la langue française dans le monde.

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Premium Web Site Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305391901
The text's Premium Website is your one-stop portal to an online suite of digital resources. Students have access to the complete in-text audio program in mp3 format, auto-graded vocabulary and grammar quizzes for each chapter, cultural web search activities tied to chapter topics, links to online resources for cultural enrichment, Google Earth coordinates for exploring the francophone world, and guided writing activities to help them create well-argued compositions. Premium password-protected content resources include the complete SAM audio program, audio-enhanced flashcards, grammar tutorial videos, a searchable glossary, and links to pronunciation podcasts. Students can access the premium assets using the printed access card packaged with the text. Locked instructor assets include the text and SAM answer key and audioscript, a comprehensive instructor's guide with resources for student evaluation, sample syllabi, teaching suggestions, and a transition guide for the new edition.

Student Workbook

ISBN: 9781305105799
The SAM contains user-friendly grammar explanations in clear English that are accessible to students who are not familiar with grammar rules and terminology. The structure of the program (grammar in the workbook and activities in the student text) allows students to work independently on learning to use grammar in context while providing more flexibility for you to concentrate on other points of emphasis, such as vocabulary development, extended discourse, and cultural comparisons. Filled with creative activities that inject levity as well as simplicity, students are encouraged to produce sentences that target form but also to use language creatively and to personalize language by expressing their own opinions in exercises.

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