Points de départ is a complete, versatile program for introductory college and university French courses. It has been conceived for use in accelerated, intensive, and review programs; in hybrid courses incorporating distance learning; and in courses with limited contact time, i.e., three or fewer hours per week over an academic year. Developed by the authors of the extremely successful Chez nous French program, Points de départ incorporates many of the innovative features of that text while maintaining a focus on the essential content of an introductory course.
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Cathy Pons grew up hearing French spoken by her grandparents but only began study of the language in high school. After completing a BA in French at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she spent a year in France as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Pons completed her doctorate in French linguistics at Indiana University where, as an Assistant Professor, she directed the elementary French program and the MA in French instruction. Pons served on the faculty of several AATF Summer Institutes and on the Executive Board of the Indiana chapter of AATF. Teaching at the University of North Carolina at Asheville since 1995, Pons is Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages. She is past president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina and has received numerous grants in support of study abroad programs for students and faculty. With more than twenty-five years’ experience in elementary French teaching and teacher preparation, Pons finds the classroom to be a stimulating environment.
Mary Ellen Scullen has been enamored of French from her first exposure in the seventh grade. After completing her BA in French at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, she went to Tours, France to be a French government sponsored teaching assistant for one year. Three years later, Scullen returned to the US with a Licence de Lettres modernes, mention Français Language Etrangère and a Maîtrise de Français Langue Etrangère from Université François Rabelais in Tours. After teaching at Kalamazoo College for a year, Scullen went to Indiana University where she earned a joint PhD in French Linguistics and Theoretical Linguistics in 1993.
Scullen has taught French language, culture, and linguistics, coordinated the basic French language program, and supervised teaching assistants at the University of Louisville and since 1998 at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also had the opportunity to teach French in Southern Africa at the University of Malawi from 1995-1997 and to serve as the Resident Director for the Maryland-in-Nice program in Nice, France from 2002-2003. For the past several years, Scullen has been involved in training new teaching assistants not only in French, but also in Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese. She finds working with new teaching assistants to be highly rewarding, if not occasionally frustrating, and she truly loves being in the classroom with first-year students.
A native of France, Albert Valdman earned his B.A. in Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in French linguistics at Cornell University. Currently a Rudy Professor of French & Italian and Linguistics and Director of the Creole Institute at Indiana University, Valdman has taught French and linguistics at Indiana University since 1960. He has served as chair of the Department of Linguistics, Chair of the Committee for Research and Development in Language Instruction, Director of the graduate program in French Linguistics, and Director of French Language Instruction.
Valdman has written and researched in a broad range of fields of linguistics, on issues in second language learning, and on the French language. He is a leading specialist of Creole languages related to French and was named Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French government for his contributions to French studies. He is the founder and current editor-in-chief of the journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and is past president of the American Association of Teachers of French.
“[Points de depart] will meet the needs of students like mine who cannot devote massive amounts of time to their language courses but who want to learn the basics.”
~ Elizabeth Blood, Salem State College
“There are a lot of activities, and I think this is a good thing. This affords the instructor a wide array of choices depending on the student mix in the class. It is a real plus and offers flexibility. “
~ Frances Chevalier, Norwich University
“The book is well organized, the exercises are friendly, and the topics interesting.”
~ Violette Vornicel-Guthmann, Fullerton College
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Book Description Prentice Hall, 2009. Loose Leaf. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX020573037X
Book Description Prentice Hall, 2009. Loose Leaf. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11020573037X