Portes Ouvertes is a unique new introductory French program that takes a fresh approach to learning the French language and the culture of the Francophone world. The textbook and related multimedia components are completely integrated through interlinkage with videos which draw students in the lives of several French families, creating a virtual environment approximating as closely as possible the experience of living in France and communicating with real people. Students get to know people from varied backgrounds while learning and practicing the four language skills within genuine contexts inseparable from the culture itself.
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This unique introductory French program takes a sophisticated approach, using a completely integrated, authentic, and unscripted video program filmed on location on BesanÃ§an, France. Students will be drawn into the lives of several French families from all over th French-speaking world who now reside in BesanÃ§an. Students will learn and practice the four basic skills in concert with French culture.About the Author:
Christopher M. Jones is associate professor and chair within the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He has also served as assistant chair and director of undergraduate studies. He received his doctorate from The Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he received university-wide awards in research and teaching. He has published more than twenty journal articles and book chapters related to American foreign and defense policy, and co-edited The Future of American Foreign Policy (1999) with Eugene R. Wittkopf. Professor Jones has been recognized for teaching excellence by student organizations, the American Political Science Association, The National Political Science Honor Society, Who's Who among America's Teachers, and three universities. In 2002 he became the youngest recipient of Northern Illinois University's Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the institution's longest-standing faculty honor. Professor Jones currently serves as vice-president (and president elect) of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association.
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