ERIC Number: ED271946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
An Effective Communication Approach for the Introduction of French Literature.
Kaufman, Margo R.
An intermediate level course in a university French program, entitled "Problems in Language and Style," is intended to develop students' skills in reading, writing, and speaking French through extensive work in building vocabulary and idioms. After a thorough and methodical reading of one novel and one play, the students are expected to read most moderately difficult texts in the original version with comprehension and enjoyment. Various instructional methods are incorporated into the course, which uses learner-centered group activities and constant emphasis on communication. Because the original foreign language version of the texts are used, background information about the author, the author's relationship to the work, and the text's general scope, as well as materials and activities encouraging communication and classroom interaction are added by the teacher. Extensive vocabulary and idiom lists are distributed at the outset. Compositions related to the text's structure or content but designed to stimulate student thinking are assigned throughout the course, alternating with examinations. Classroom activities include role-playing, physical response activities, and mock telephone conversations related to the texts. Testing focuses on vocabulary, idioms, and free expression, and combines objective items with the writing of original sentences using idioms, and short compositions. Numerous specific suggestions for classroom activities in all the above-mentioned areas are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (33rd, Washington, DC, April 17-19, 1986).