ERIC Number: ED296591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul-22
Teaching the Passe Compose and the Imparfait in French: Traditional versus Aspectual Methods.
Garrott, C. L.
A study compared the effectiveness of two methods of teaching the passe compose and imparfait of French verbs. Sixty community college students were randomly assigned to two treatment groups, one taught with the traditional method focusing on rules governing tense application, and the other taught by the aspectual method, which treats the imparfait as a background to a verb in the passe compose. The same oral and written exercises were used in each group. Students were tested on 20 items. The results indicate that the aspectual method was significantly more effective in this experimental situation, but not by a great margin. Some students in each group performed poorly on the test. Confounding variables may include short treatment period preceding the test and the subjects' awareness that they were not being tested for a grade. However, it is concluded that the aspectual method may be the more effective for introducing the two tenses, with the traditional method used for later refinement of tense definitions. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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