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ERIC Number: ED117951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Pages: 47
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French Phonics for Americans.
Giauque, Gerald S.
This is the first phonetics book to be developed for use in first-year French courses. The intent of the book is to help the student acquire confidence in his ability to look at 85 percent of the words in the French dictionary and be able to pronounce those words correctly, as a result of his sounding out the words. When an American student looks at a foreign word, he may associate it with letters or groups of letters in the American phonic system. After an individual has learned to read (i.e. to associate sounds with symbols), he has difficulty understanding that a letter has a different sound in another language. This becomes evident when a language teacher pronounces a foreign word, and the student displays lack of comprehension until the word is presented to him in visual form. A concentrated comparative study of the sound-symbol correlatives in both the mother tongue and the target language makes the student aware of the similarities and differences of the sound systems of the two languages. The approach described is a systematic effort to associate the distinctively French sound with the printed letters. (Author/CLK)
Dr. Gerald S. Giauque, Department of Modern Languages, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (HC $1.75, Tapes $4.00)
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