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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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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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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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Montfort, Catherine R. – French Review, 1989
Proposes the use of literary texts in the intermediate-level college second language course as a means of discovering tools for decoding and interpretation that will be useful to other language tasks. An approach to the introduction of texts includes preparatory exercises, discussion, and written analysis. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), French, French Literature
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Kaplan, Jane Payne – French Review, 1988
A discussion of techniques for creating active listening in the French conversation class looks at preconceptions about conversational language classes, the responsibility of each partner in the interaction (speaker and listener), choice of materials for discussion, preparation of classroom presentations, and the teacher's responsibility in…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Conversational Language Courses, French
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Siskin, H. Jay – French Review, 1987
A discussion of pre-reading exercises in second language reading instruction looks at the theoretical justification for advance organizers in particular, examines the types of background knowledge that fluid reading requires, and gives models for exercises designed to activate this knowledge. Examples are from French texts. (MSE)
Descriptors: Advance Organizers, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, French
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Blackbourn, Barbara L. – French Review, 1986
Teaching techniques and small-group activities to give French language students the tools and skills to begin French literature study are discussed. Variety in course content, approach to texts, and techniques that promote active participation and enthusiasm help students acquire skills in literary analysis in a foreign language. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, College Students, French
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Cramer, Hazel; Terrio, Susan – French Review, 1985
Recommended materials, assignment formats, and strategies for a course emphasizing development of functional proficiency in commercial French and focusing on three areas (context, practice, and verification) are outlined, including lectures, abstracting of readings, readings, long-term projects, and weekly projects. (MSE)
Descriptors: Assignments, Business Communication, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques
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Carr, Tom – French Review, 1985
Techniques for using French history textbooks as materials for teaching French culture are provided, including ideas on selecting texts, uncovering the author's viewpoint, attending to cultural symbols and myths, discovering perspectives on the United States, assessing intellectual style and method, and understanding the French educational system.…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Education, European History, Foreign Language Books
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Herman, Gerald – French Review, 1986
Proposes a classroom technique that has students examine texts from different points of view by changing the narrator. The method is an amusing, motivating, and challenging exercise in French composition, and is illustrated in an excerpt from a Camus novel. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, French, Higher Education
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Cox, Thomas J. – French Review, 1986
Suggests tools for dealing with the seeming complexities of teaching the subjunctive mood, including thoughtful organization, objective analysis, and comparison with the students' own language. Continued use of unfamiliar vocabulary (nomenclature) and claims of language-specific subtlety serve only to increase anxiety among learners. (MSE)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Classroom Techniques, French, Logical Thinking
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Bryant, William H. – French Review, 1986
Six exercises intended to promote conversation skills are presented, including five survival games situated in space, caves, the middle of the ocean, the Sahara desert, and the North Pole; and a game to select a prison parolee from a group of candidates. The games involve role playing and decision-making activities. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Conversational Language Courses, Educational Games
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Fassiotto, Marie-Jose; Riggs, Larry – French Review, 1986
Describes a method whereby students of French apply small increments of grammar and vocabulary immediately in daily 15-minute writing sessions in which they write brief, structurally sound compositions and focus on language use rather than on translation of ideas from English to French. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, French, Grammar, Second Language Instruction
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Reynolds, F. Christopher – French Review, 1992
Step-by-step instructions for bringing the French minitel telecommunications system into the language classroom as part of a larger telecommunications center project are outlined. Information sources for such a project, budget, timeline, a classroom lesson sample integrating French and science, and a list of useful addresses are provided. (MSE)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Classroom Techniques, Computer Oriented Programs, Cultural Awareness
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