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ERIC Number: ED299822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Task-Oriented Language Acquisition and the Advanced Learner of French.
Rolin-Ianziti, Jeanne; McCarthy, Brian
A new third-year French textbook, in its introduction, describes its rationale and construction. The book's main objective is to provide authentic material for developing students' linguistic skills, focusing on language learning rather than civilization but including a cultural component. The textbook's organization is based on 20 recorded interviews, each 4 to 5 minutes long, conducted with French speakers of various backgrounds. Additional written and pictorial material is drawn from a variety of sources, including newspapers, sociological studies, tourist guides, schoolbooks, and literary works. Formal explanation of language structure is avoided. Each chapter has a theme, selected to develop awareness of key aspects of French civilization and to be meaningful to students, and contains five sections: listening preparation, aural comprehension, language practice, cultural awareness, and free production. The exercises are designed as tasks using the material presented and requiring constant and active student participation. Three activity types are included: use of the chapter's content, reproduction of the type of discourse introduced in the interview or written text, and re-use of oral and written materials. Portions of the textbook and the transcription of a language task performed by two students are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A