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Brown, James W. – French Review, 1984
The potential instructional uses of three kinds of French signs are outlined, focusing on the signs' function as pointers. The signs include road signs that give directions, public interdiction and instruction signs, and advertising used in public places. Illustrations and sample exercises are included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Advertising, Class Activities, French, Instructional Materials
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Bragger, Jeannette D.; Danahy, Michael – French Review, 1983
A two-step procedure is outlined for encouraging student involvement and interest in language learning on the first two days in class. First, the teacher establishes an information flow in English from students to instructor, creating an environment of goodwill. Then communication begins in French as students and instructor introduce themselves.…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, French, Introductory Courses
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van Lent, Peter C. – French Review, 1981
Proposes 10 activities to provide French classes of all levels with a broad spectrum of language projects involving direct and active use of French including students polling each other, skits based on television commercials, geographical "show and tell," cooking French dishes, writing a monthly newspaper, and field trips. (BK)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cooking Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Trips
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Frommer, Judith G.; Weitz, Margaret Collins – French Review, 1981
Describes development and implementation of authentic sound documents in foreign language classes including use of transcripts, recording tapes, background materials, listening aids, and follow-up and expansion activities such as student booklets. (BK)
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Class Activities, Higher Education, Second Language Instruction
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Foster, Stephen J. – French Review, 1981
Presents procedure for designing a course in directed conversation in a second language, including choosing topics and developing workbooks that become the psychologically accepted replacement for an official text and a tool for the teacher. Gives two sample units. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Conversational Language Courses, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Second Language Instruction
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Pons-Ridler, Suzanne; McKim, Fred – French Review, 1985
A method for developing and expanding basic French vocabulary by using a basic word list and derivation techniques is examined, and research on this approach is presented. (MSE)
Descriptors: Basic Vocabulary, Classroom Techniques, Dictionaries, French
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Ecklund, Constance L. – French Review, 1981
Describes a French introductory course that prepares students to travel in France and relies entirely on materials and themes related to such travel. Use of realia and props helps the instructors to stage real-life situations. Emphasis is placed on comprehension and oral language communication. (MES)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, French
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Oates, Michael D. – French Review, 1980
Describes a one-semester French course taught by undergraduates and offered to elementary school students. The course stresses basic French vocabulary, a variety of interesting activities such as skits and songs, and parent participation through a "parents' night." (AM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Course Descriptions, Educational Games, Elementary Education
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Suozzo, Andrew – French Review, 1995
An electronic mail project designed to create personal dialogue between native speakers and college students in a modern French civilization course is described. It was found that French participants added nuance to generalizations about their culture and brought understanding to certain historical events occurring during the course. Linguistic…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Education, Dialogs (Language), Electronic Mail
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Dansereau, Diane – French Review, 1995
It is proposed that early introduction to basic French phonetic features and systematic emphasis on phonics allows students to learn to speak French clearly understandable to native speakers and relatively accent-free. In addition, this approach tends to improve listening skills. Important phonetic features to include in classwork are detailed.…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Course Content, French, Introductory Courses
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Raby, Michel J. – French Review, 1995
A technique for teaching cultural awareness that uses comparisons of French films and American remakes is described. It is argued that the technique provides an appealing context for exploring cultural differences in terms of taboos regarding sex, death, and the body. (13 references) (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context
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Denbow, Signe – French Review, 1994
It is observed that courses in French diction for singers generally do not, but should, include instruction in reading comprehension for knowledgeable interpretation of French lyrics. A course syllabus designed to meet singers' needs is presented, and related issues are discussed. (Contains eight references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, French
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Knutson, Elizabeth M. – French Review, 1993
Instructional implications of recent reading research are reviewed along with the issue of text readability and the intermediate/advanced language student. A generic approach to the teaching of literary works in a third-year transitional course is then proposed. A student worksheet and recall protocol exercise are appended. (Contains 19…
Descriptors: French, Literature Appreciation, Readability, Reading Instruction
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Doering, E. Jane – French Review, 1993
Printed advertisements from magazines and billboards, stored on slides, are recommended as fertile sources of cultural information for French language instruction. They create a simultaneous visual impact on all students, are easily stored and used, can be kept current, and promote communicative activities in the classroom. (11 references) (MSE)
Descriptors: Advertising, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Awareness
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Levy, Francine – French Review, 1990
In an activity for the French classroom, teams of four student pairs read and summarize newspaper and magazine articles, extract a vocabulary list, prepare content questions, and become experts on portions of the text for a small-group discussion game. Changing partners and solo presentation are important features of the exercise. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Class Activities, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cooperative Learning
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