Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone with CD-ROM, Second Edition

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9780130918949: Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone with CD-ROM, Second Edition

Available with student learning packages at the instructor's discretion, this separate booklet includes answers to all discrete and short answer exercises in the Student Activities Manual, so students can monitor their own progress.

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WELCOME TO CHEZ NOUS! The primary goal of this exciting first-year French program is to develop students' communicative abilities. Authentic materials provide the basis for practice in listening and reading. Writing and speaking skills are developed by means of carefully sequenced practice leading to self-expression. CHEZ NOUS introduces the diversity of the French-speaking world, provides ample opportunity to practice the language in a cultural context, and offers insights into Francophone cultures.

Highlights of the program include:

  • rich vocabulary presented and practiced in communicative contexts;
  • innovative treatment of grammar that emphasizes the spoken language and authentic discourse;
  • pronunciation treatments that link features to grammatical distinctions;
  • careful progression from skill-getting to skill-using activities;
  • intellectually challenging treatment of Francophone culture.

The CHEZ NOUS program offers a full range of components, including its new extensive technology program. This exciting and unique media program features a new video, an Activity CD-ROM bound into every new copy of the text, and the Companion Website™.

For the Instructor:

  • Annotated Instructor's Edition with Activity CD-ROM
  • Instructor's Resource Manual and Tapescript
  • Video Program
  • Testing Program
  • Computerized Testing Program (PC and Mac)
  • Full-color Transparencies
  • Audio Program (Lab CDs/Cassettes)

For the Student:

  • Student Text with Activity CD-ROM (ISBN 0-13-091894-6)
  • Student Audio CDs
  • Workbook/Lab Manual with Lab Manual Answer Key
  • Workbook Answer Key
  • Companion Website™ (www.prenhall.com/cheznous)
  • French on the Internet

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CHEZ NOUS, SECOND EDITION, is a complete introductory French program designed for use at colleges and universities over two or three semesters. Within an expansive cultural perspective that embraces metropolitan France and the Francophone world, the Second Edition of CHEZ NOUS offers a thematically organized and highly integrative treatment of Francophone language and culture combined with the best current innovations in foreign language teaching: a functional approach to the teaching of grammar; an emphasis on the spoken language; the use of a wide array of authentic materials to convey the cultural context and develop language skills; and an emphasis on a process approach to skills development. Using a careful progression from skill-getting to skill-using activities and a mature treatment of Francophone culture, the text and its full complement of supplementary materials—including technology-based components—help students develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills as well as insights into other cultures by exposing them to authentic, contemporary French and encouraging them to express themselves on a variety of topics.

CHEZ NOUS, SECOND EDITION, is distinguished by the following features:

  • integration of lexical and grammatical content within culturally authentic contexts
  • nuanced cultural presentations encompassing the breadth and richness of the Francophone world
  • emphasis on authentic materials and tasks
  • process orientation to skills development
  • richly varied opportunities for classroom practice
  • a cyclical syllabus
  • innovative treatment of pronunciation

Features of Chez nous, Second Edition

Integration of lexical and grammatical content within culturally authentic contexts

A new chapter structure comprises three thematically interrelated lessons that closely integrate the presentation of lexical and grammatical content within interesting and culturally authentic contexts. A culminating fourth lesson, Venez chez nous!, provides expansion activities within a broader cultural framework related to the chapter theme.

  • Richly illustrated presentations convey the cultural connotations of vocabulary words and expressions and provide authentic models of discourse. Newly revised cultural notes expand on the presentations and encourage active student input and cross-cultural comparisons.
  • Each lesson's cultural context is reflected and reinforced in the treatment of grammar. Topics are determined by the functional and communicative needs suggested by the lesson theme. Practice activities recycle the key vocabulary of the lesson through a sequence of meaningful activities leading to self-expression.

Nuanced cultural presentations encompassing the breadth and richness of the Francophone world

More than any other program, CHEZ NOUS, SECOND EDITION, leads students to a deeper analysis and understanding of the diverse cultures of France and the French-speaking world.

  • The revised cultural notes (Éclairages) are now accompanied by activities that encourage students to make cross-cultural comparisons or to use the vocabulary and structures they have just learned to explore the cultural content of the lesson.
  • The cultural and thematic presentation of each chapter culminates in Venez chez nous!, an innovative fourth lesson that provides an in-depth and intellectually stimulating look at the chapter theme in the Francophone context. A rich pedagogical apparatus provides students with opportunities to develop further language skills while exploring the cultural topic and making cross-cultural comparisons.

Emphasis on authentic materials and tasks

The Second Edition includes an even wider variety of authentic texts, such as literary texts and other examples of authentic discourse, as the basis for listening and reading practice. Students' writing and speaking skills are developed through carefully sequenced activities leading to self-expression.

  • Listening activities and models for speaking reflect the everyday language of young people.
  • Varied readings and writing tasks help students develop an awareness of appropriate style.
  • An increased number of literary texts expose students to many periods, genres, and well-known Francophone writers. Folk tales, proverbs, and counting rhymes further enrich the cultural content.

Process orientation to skills development

Better than any other French textbook currently on the market, the Second Edition of CHEZ NOUS takes a process approach to the development of strategies for reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

  • Receptive skills (listening and reading) are developed using authentic materials that are just beyond the students' productive skill level. Preview and follow-up activities provide or activate background knowledge, introduce comprehension strategies, allow students to derive main ideas or specific details from what they hear or read, and encourage them to reflect on what they have read or heard. While some glossing is provided for essential words in the texts, it is expected that the instructor will work with students to develop necessary skills for deriving meaning in context.
  • Productive skills (speaking and writing) are practiced via sequenced activities that emphasize authentic tasks and audiences as well as a process approach. Students gradually become proficient at carrying out a wide variety of communicative tasks.

Richly varied opportunities for classroom practice

Throughout CHEZ NOUS, SECOND EDITION, a wealth of classroom-tested activities provides ample practice of new lexical and grammatical features. Practice always follows a careful sequence from form-focused to meaning-focused activities, and many well-developed activities for pairs, small groups, and whole class participation are provided. Detailed marginal annotations explain how to carry out these activities and offer additional ideas for classroom use.

A cyclical syllabus

Use of a cyclical syllabus allows the instructor to focus on frequent, simpler language features first. This also allows complex structures—such as adjectives or the passé composé—to be presented, reviewed, and expanded upon gradually in a variety of contexts.

Innovative treatment of pronunciation

CHEZ NOUS, SECOND EDITION, surpasses all other foreign-language programs in its treatment of pronunciation. Presentations are thorough yet concise and highly student friendly. They are complemented by well-thought-out opportunities for practice.

  • Pronunciation features are linked to the teaching of grammar and vocabulary.
  • Explanations show how sound and intonation contrasts lead to differences in meaning and how French pronunciation is different from English.
  • Notes include practical hints for improving pronunciation and spelling.

Organization of the textbook

CHEZ NOUS, SECOND EDITION, consists of twelve chapters, each of which is built around a cultural theme that is introduced by informative photographs, line drawings, and realia. The new, user-friendly organization in the Second Edition divides each chapter into three lessons that pair lexical and grammar presentations, concluding with a fourth lesson, the Venez chez nous! cultural magazine. All chapters contain extensive marginal annotations with ideas for presenting and practicing the material. A typical lesson includes the following components:

POINTS DE DÉPART. Reflecting the chapter theme, this opening section presents situationally oriented vocabulary through varied and appealing visuals and exchanges representing authentic everyday contexts. Grammar points from the related Formes et fonctions presentations are illustrated in these sections without requiring students to manipulate the new structures. The Points de départ section includes extensive cultural notes (Éclairages) written first in English, then (beginning in Chapter 7) in French, that elaborate on cultural references made in the vocabulary presentation and encourage students to make cross-cultural comparisons. Each Points de départ section offers a sequence of activities (À vous la parole) to be used in class to provide meaningful and personalized practice of the words and expressions through whole-class, paired, and small-group activities.

SONS ET LETTRES. This section presents the main phonetic features and sound contrasts of French. It emphasizes the sound contrasts that determine differences in meaning, the major differences between French and English, and the relationship between sounds and spellings. Discrimination and oral practice exercises found in the text (À vous la parole) are also recorded on the student audio CD packaged with the textbook.

FORMES ET FONCTIONS. Clearly written grammar explanations in English focus on authentic usage and point out features of the spoken versus the written language. Numerous examples are provided and, where appropriate, color-coded charts summarize the forms. Similarly, verb conjugations are illustrated in charts whose color shadings indicate the number of spoken forms and show how forms are derived from the base. For example, for finir, an arrow indicates that finiss-, from ils/elles finissent, is the base form. First and second person plural forms are derived by adding -ons/õ/ and -ez/e/. The singular forms, with identical pronunciation, are produced by deleting the final consonant of the base: finiss- /finis/ which becomes fini- /fini/. The Formes et fonctions section also includes class-friendly exercises that provide a full range of practice-from form-based to meaningful and personal...

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