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HORIZONS is a complete elementary French program that makes learning French easier through its step-by-step skill-building methodology, flexible and accessible approach to grammar and new vocabulary, and creative yet sophisticated coverage of Francophone culture. Through varied interactive activities and clear grammar explanations, the text helps you communicate effectively in French while culturally connecting you to the Francophone world. HORIZONS features a clear, easy-to-follow structure that carefully guides you, Competence by Competence, through your first year of elementary French.
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Joan Manley is Professor Emeritus from the University of Texas at El Paso. During her 33 years as a faculty member, she gave over 100 workshops and conference presentations and authored 50 journal articles. She was a trainer and tester of the Oral Proficiency Interview, which led to the current emphasis on skill building and proficiency as exemplified in teaching programs such as HORIZONS.Review:
"I will continue to praise the Horizons textbook to my colleagues. I think that instructors will agree that the modifications are true improvements. The challenge is when a textbook does not interest the student. Students are definitely going to relate well to the new proposed material."
"It is the Selections Musicales that stand out as innovative: these sections give students a vivid example of how French is really spoken as well as samples of current, popular music. It addresses the concern of students who think the grammar/vocabulary is not sufficiently adapted to actual circumstances they might encounter once in a French-speaking country."
"There are many things we love about this textbook. It is very interactive, the abundant exercises are cleverly designed to get students speaking and interacting, and for the most part, the activities are fun and interesting for the students. The authors have provided a plethora of annotations with neat ideas for reviewing and practicing material. I always tell our adjuncts that just using the ideas in the book will make you seem so smart and creative. We also like the amount of materials provided. It's not too cram-packed with distracting pictures and text, but there is enough to keep the students on their toes. The grammar covered is just enough. Many of the finer grammar points are dropped in favor of a more holistic approach and a greater emphasis on culture and communication."
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