9780072344004: Collage:  Lectures littéraires

Collage is one of the most widely used and highly respected programs for intermediate French courses. As in previous editions, Collage is a component program and consists of a grammar review (Collage: Révision de grammaire), a cultural reader (Collage: Variétés culturelles), and a literary reader (Collage: Lectures littéraires). The program is coordinated by theme and by content, chapter by chapter across all 3 books. The result is a very flexible program that can be used in any combination and can be easily adapted to suit a wide variety of instructors and courses. The new edition of Collage retains the flexible format that works so well in the classroom, and offers a host of new features as well as a streamlined grammar presentation. The Fifth edition of Collage continues to introduce students to francophone countries and cultures throughout all of the components.

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2 new chapter themes.
5 new reading selections, including more poetry, as requested by reviewers. Among the new authors are Guillaume Apollinaire, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas (père) (excerpt from L'homme au Masque de fer / Man in the Iron Mask) and Jean Tardieu.
Sidebars, 'Rappel' (Reminder), remind students of literary terms and definitions which they might need to answer questions about the readings.
An Internet feature at the end of each reading. 'Le français au bout des doigts' (French at your fingertips) guides students to the McGraw-Hill website, where they will find questions and exercises concerning the reading, the author, or cultural context of the reading. These are accompanied by links to sites from the website at McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Pre-reading material is strongly developed in Lectures. In the first 6 chapters, sections called "Lire en français" (Reading in French), students are provided general skills and strategies for reading in French. In chapters 7-12, sections called "Lire la littérature" (Reading literature) give students specific help for understanding literary works.
The readings are preceded by a brief section called "Mise en route" (Starting up), which links some aspect of the reading to students' own lives, making the literary selection more personal and less formidable. Post-reading material, follow-up questions and activities have been simplified to help students find the main ideas in the readings.
The 3 volumes of the Collage program are linked by theme, by vocabulary, and by grammar points. For example, in Chapter 3 of the review grammar, the topics, the language, and the structures are the same as those covered in Chapter 3 of either the cultural or literary reader.
This format allows instructors to use any text by itself in conjunction with one another. The Révision de grammaire can be used by itself for a one term grammar review, either the Lectures littéraires or the Variétés culturelles can stand alone as a reader, or instructors can use the grammar with one or both of the readers.
In keeping with current theory, the practice material in the Collage program progresses very systematically within each grammar point. Students first complete very focused and controlled exercises to establish their understanding of a grammar structure, then they proceed to open, communicative activities where they can practice using the structure in a more conversational context.
In order to give intermediate students maximum exposure to French language, all of the Collage program, with the exception of the vocabulary lists, is in French.

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