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VocabularyThe vocabulary, both online and printed, is a comprehensive list of the chapter’s key vocabulary items arranged according to semantic fields, e.g., salutations, colors, days of the week, etc. Students listen to the native speaker pronunciation and may download the files in mp3 format. Students complete the vocabulary preparation using a template which guides them to identify salient associations, cognates, and word families. Students also categorize vocabulary in the “Chassez l’intrus” exercises.
PhoneticsThe phonetics section introduces essential aspects of French pronunication. Each phonetics lesson focuses on the chapter’s vocabulary (recycles previously learned vocabulary).
Preparation Exercises (to prepare at home in textbook)Students prepare these exercises in the printed material before coming to class. During class instructors may use many different techniques to check responses: choral participation, pop quizzes, or pair and small group discussions.
Online Video Clip (to prepare at home)
Students watch videos and prepare the corresponding exercises before coming to class. Each chapter contains three different kinds of videos:
- Introductory video, a short video of a student on the study abroad program who presents the chapter’s thematic and grammatical material. The introductions also include a preview of the communicative tasks that form the basis of the lesson.
- Vocabulary presentation videos (vocabulaire en contexte) which present vocabulary items in an authentic cultural context. The vocabulary video captures native speakers who use the new vocabulary in a context that provides important visual support. For example, a fruit vendor names each type of fruit on sale at the market that day. Students watch these short videos several times. First they try to recognize the vocabulary words in context. During subsequent listenings, students try to piece together what the speaker is saying. And finally, students are asked to perform a written activity based on the video.
- Interviews of four native French speakers (Franck, Virginie, Jean-Charles, and Stéphanie) and three American students learning French (Laila, Blake, and Karen). In these spontaneous interviews, speakers respond to questions that require them to employ the grammar and vocabulary featured in the chapter. Transcripts and English translations are available, but students are en-couraged to watch the videos without this visual support.
Online Grammar (to prepare at home)Students access the Tex’s French Grammar website to study individual gram- mar points before coming to class. Grammar items are carefully explained in English, then exemplified in a dialogue, and finally tested in self-correcting, fill-in-the-blank exercises. Students print out their answers to these “Texercises” to turn in to their instructor. Instructors may also use these exercises as pop quizzes. Tex’s French Grammar also includes a verb conjugator, a verb tutor, and an on-line French dictionary.
Pair ExercisesStudents complete pair exercises in class with a partner. They ask each other questions and report their responses back to the class, read and categorize true/false or bizarre/normal sentences, fill in the blanks, etc.
Class or Group ExercisesListening exercises are led by the instructor and include listening discrimination exercises and dictations.
Listening Comprehension ExercisesListening exercises are led by the instructor and include listening discrimination exercises and dictations.
Homework/ Writing Exercises (to turn in)Students write out homework assignments on a separate sheet of paper to turn in to their instructor. Homework includes the “Texercises” on the Tex’s French Grammar website as well as several writing assignments in each chapter.
Cultural NotesStudents read information about cultural topics related to the chapter’s content. Culture videos enhance the cultural notes in many chapters.
Grammaire interactiveStudents complete inductive grammar exercises as homework.