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Communicating in French - Novice/Elementary Level

Communicating in French - Novice/Elementary Level

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Learn Practical, Everyday French

The purpose of the series Communicating in French is to provide the learner with the language needed to survive in situations in which French must be used. The major focus of the series is to give the learner essential vocabulary needed to communicate in everyday life. The type of vocabulary found in this series is frequently not presented in basic textbooks. For this reason, many students of French are reduced to silence when they attempt to use the language to meet their everyday needs. The objective of this series is to overcome this frustrating problem and to enable the learner to express himself or herself in practical situations.

This first book in the series presents vocabulary needed to survive at an elementary level of proficiency and is intended for the student who has not had a great deal of exposure to the French language. As an example, this book enables the student to make a telephone call and leave a message. Many other such basic situations are presented.

Since each chapter focuses on a real-life situation, the answers to most exercises and activities are open-ended. The learner should feel free to respond to any exercise based on his or her personal situation. When doing the exercises, one should not focus on grammatical accuracy. The possibility of making an error should not inhibit the learner from responding in a way that is, in fact, comprehensible to any native speaker of the language.

The section Coup d'œil sur la vie gives the learner the opportunity to see and read articles that come from all areas of the French-speaking world. The intent of this section is to give the learner exposure to the types of material that one must read on a daily basis. It is hoped that the learner will build up the confidence to take an educated guess at what "real things" are all about without necessarily understanding every word. Communicating in the real world very often involves getting the main idea rather than comprehending every word.

The accompanying cassette provides pronunciation for vocabulary items. In addition to the vocabulary items, the conversations are recorded to provide students with the opportunity to improve their listening comprehension skills.

Book (151 pages) plus Cassette