MOTIFS is a complete program for first-year French with a communicative, thematically based approach. The self-study grammar format of MOTIFS is open to both inductive and deductive teaching approaches allowing teachers to employ the communicative activities first or the grammar activities, depending on their own preferred style.
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Kimberly Jansma directs the French Language Program at The University of California at Los Angeles, where she supervises teaching instructors and teaches language, culture, and linguistics courses. She has published pedagogical texts and multimedia materials and presents her research at major conferences. Dr. Jansma's areas of interest include hybrid language instruction, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Margaret Ann Kassen, who received her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. She teaches undergraduate French and applied linguistics courses and works with graduate and undergraduate teacher preparation. Her research interests include foreign language writing, performance assessment, technology-enhanced language learning, and instructor development. In addition to presenting at conferences, Dr. Kassen has published articles on technology and writing and edited a volume on developing self-direction in foreign language learners.
"My favorite aspect of the book is the layout with the grammar explanations and self-correcting exercises at the back of each chapter. It makes clear to students what is homework and what is class work. There is also a nice mix of structured manipulation exercises and communicative exercises."
"The book reflects a good attitude toward language in general and French in particular - attempts to involve students personally in the learning process, to show that French is a living, and evolving, and ethnically diverse language. The book is modern, with modern technological supplements, and the whole is visually pleasing. The students themselves seem to like it."
"[When I adopted Motifs] I was looking for a book that would combine a communicative approach with topics that students would be interested in and that they could relate to in terms of their personal lives. Also, a book that would not exclusively focus on France as a setting was preferable, as was a textbook which would offer a wide variety of exercises from different sectors. However, I wanted a book which at the same time would not eliminate grammar teaching altogether but leave teachers and students the option to use some grammar material in the classroom."
"The activities are excellent. They are nicely varied and at times delightfully creative."
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Book Description Cengage Learning, 2013. Loose Leaf. Book Condition: Brand New. 6th edition. 10.90x8.40x1.10 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1285720288