Points de départ, 2nd edition

Published by Pearson (December 31, 2011) © 2013

  • Mary Ellen Scullen
  • Cathy Pons
  • Albert Valdman

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For use in high-beginner or one-semester courses, Points de départ — a 10-chapter version of the bestselling elementary French text, Chez nous — stands apart from other first-year French texts by carefully selecting lexical and cultural content for broad coverage within a highly disciplined framework.

Changes to the Second Edition focus on enhancing student outcomes, including a new design, refinements to the scope and sequence, new strategy boxes, and new comprehension based grammar activities.


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10 Chapter elementary French text for use in high-beginner or one semester courses.
  • Changes to the new edition focus on enhancing student outcomes, including a new design, refinements to the scope and sequence, new strategy boxes, and new comprehension based grammar activities.
  • Each chapter is built around a cultural theme reinforced by informative photographs, line drawings, and realia.
  • User-friendly, consistent organization and user-praised instructor annotations make it easy for students to navigate and instructors and adjuncts to teach from.
  • BALANCED APPROACH

    • Each chapter is divided into three, consistently organized lessons that feature integrated lexical and grammatical presentations, sequenced practice, cultural information, and a culturally based skills activity.

    CONNECT WITH CULTURE

    • Thematically interrelated lessons closely integrate the presentation of lexical and grammatical content within interesting and culturally authentic contexts of France and the Francophone World.

    • Cultural notes at the beginning of each lesson incorporate video, photos, and realia that help students discover French culture and make cross-cultural comparisons.

    • Video program presents natural authentic language, used in authentic contexts, assisting students to connect language with culture.

    EXPLORE GRAMMAR

    • Grammatical presentations are streamlined to reduce the coverage of complex grammar points such as the subjunctive and the conditional.

    • Concise, clearly written grammar explanations in English focus on authentic usage and point out features of the spoken and written language.

    • Numerous examples are provided and, where appropriate, color-coded charts summarize the forms.

    • Class-friendly exercises (À vous la parole) provide a full range of practice—from form-based to meaningful and personalized activities—incorporating the theme and the vocabulary of the lesson.

      • Exercise sequences are streamlined to suit the needs of a course intended to develop basic language proficiency.

    • Use of a cyclical syllabus facilitates language acquisition by allowing the instructor to gradually develop students’ understanding of complex topics.

    BUILD VOCABULARY

    • Varied and appealing visuals and language samples present vocabulary in authentic everyday contexts.
    • Audio & video programs allow students the opportunity to review acquired vocabulary and preview grammatical forms and functions.

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    Process approach to development of the four skills helps students become confident and proficient at carrying out a wide variety of communicative tasks.
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    • Varied readings and writing tasks help students develop an awareness of appropriate style as they are exposed to a wide variety of Francophone writers.

    • Throughout the textbook and supplements, practice of vocabulary and grammar is oriented toward real situations and authentic tasks.

  • Lisons, Observons, Écoutons, Parlons, or Écrivons. Each lesson concludes with one of these culturally rich, thematically linked skills activities, helping students to put into practice the vocabulary and grammar acquired in the lesson as they explore the chapter theme.
    • Through work with an authentic text or task in a reading, listening, speaking, or writing activity, students are guided in their development of receptive and productive skills.

  • Sons et lettres section presents the main phonetic features and sound contrasts of French, so that students can incorporate them into their speech.

    • Emphasizes the sound contrasts that determine differences in meaning, the major differences between French and English, and the relationship between sounds and spellings.

    • Practice exercises from the text (À vous la parole) are available in the Audio program to accompany the text.

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    STREAMLINED FOR EASE OF USE, FOCUSED ON STUDENT OUTCOMES

    Refinements to the scope and sequence based on user feedback to enhance linguistic effectiveness and flexibility in the classroom.  Changes include:
    • Streamlining of the preliminary chapter from three Leçons to a single Leçon préliminaire allows instructors to cover essential topics while demonstrating the principal lesson components before beginning the first full chapter.
    • The chapter treating food and its related grammatical content is now in the first half of the text (Chapitre 5, formerly Chapitre 8) to allow for earlier treatment of useful vocabulary and structural features such as the partitive.
    • The chapter on studies and professions is now in the second half of the text (Chapitre 8, formerly Chapitre 3) providing students more language to handle education and workplace topics.
  • NEW design increases the text's hallmark user-friendly organization and is combined with an expanded photography program and updated line art which offers a richer depiction of the francophone world and enhances the contemporary focus and visual appeal of the text.
  • Reflects the most widely accepted elements of the Orthographic Reform of 1990, most notably changes related to the use of the accent grave which affect some verb conjugations in the future and the conditional (for verbs like préférer) as well as the spelling of individual lexical items, such as crèmerie and évènement. Also, all numbers are now written with connecting hyphens eliminating ambiguity and simplifying the learner’s task.
  • Revised chapter openers focus on learner outcomes by providing an overview of chapter objectives and a new self-assessment checklist which encourages students to take stock of their learning accomplishments.
  • Revised testing program includes a test bank with exercises testing listening, reading, writing, and cultural knowledge. Instructors can create their own tests by selecting activities from the test back and can tailor exercises to meet their specific course outcomes.  Complete sample tests and special format tests for speaking are included as well as grading guides.
  • NEW Fiche pratique feature outlines practical strategies to help students learn specific lesson content (for example, showing them ways to organize the new material, how to interact with native speakers using new content or structures, or how to test themselves).
  • BUILD VOCABULARY

    Vocabulary presentations and their corresponding art are significantly updated to include, for example, presentations related to the topics of education, health, media, and technology.
  • Reflects changes to the use of the accent grave which affect the spelling of individual lexical items, such as crèmerie and évènement, that are a result of the most widely accepted elements of the Orthographic Reform of 1990.  All numbers are now written with connecting hyphens eliminating ambiguity and simplifying the learner’s task.
  • CONNECT WITH CULTURE

    Approximately one-third of the cultural notes (Vie et culture) are new or revised to include additional topics (such as small town life) or updated information, offering a more contemporary and nuanced picture of France and the Francophone world.

    EXPLORE GRAMMAR

    • NEW comprehension-based activities within many of the Formes et functions practice sections emphasize comprehension before production, encouraging students to link form to meaning as they learn grammatical structures.
    • Reflects changes to the use of the accent grave which affect some verb conjugations in the future and the conditional (for verbs like préférer) that are a result of the most widely accepted elements of the Orthographic Reform of 1990.

    DEVELOP SKILLS

    • More than one-third of the skill building activities (Lisons, Écoutons, Observons, Parlons, Écrivons) are new or revised for this edition, introducing new texts, video clips, and authentic tasks.
    • The pronunciations sections, Sons et lettres, are featured in every chapter providing more assistance to students as they develop their speaking skills.
    • Écrivons sections now target explicit writing strategies and include a four-step process which encourages students to draft and revise their writing, focusing first on content and then on form.

    IN THIS SECTION:

    1.) BRIEF

    2.) COMPREHENSIVE


    1.) BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Leçon préliminaire        Présentons-nous !

    Chapitre 1                       Ma famille et moi

    Chapitre 2                       Voici mes amis

    Chapitre 3                       Métro, boulot, dodo

    Chapitre 4                       Activités par tous les temps

    Chapitre 5                       Du marché à la table

    Chapitre 6                       Nous sommes chez nous

    Chapitre 7                       La santé et le bien-être

    Chapitre 8                       Études et professions

    Chapitre 9                       Voyageons !

    Chapitre 10                     Quoi de neuf ? cinéma et médias

     


    2.) COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Leçon préliminaire

    Première partie
        Formes et fonctions: Les pronoms sujets et le verbe être
    Seconde partie
        Formes et fonctions: Le genre, le nombre et les articles

     

    CHAPITRE 1
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les adjectifs possessifs à un possesseur
            2. Les adjectifs invariables

    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Le verbe avoir et l’âge
            2. Les adjectifs possessifs à plusieurs possesseurs

    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Le présent des verbes en -er et la négation
            2. Les questions

     

    CHAPITRE 2
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les adjectifs variables
            2. Les adverbes interrogatifs
    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les prépositions à et de
            2. Le verbe faire
    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Le verbe aller et le futur proche
            2. L’impératif

     

    CHAPITRE 3
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les verbes pronominaux et les pronoms réfléchis
            2. Les adverbes : intensité, fréquence, quantité
    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les verbes en -ir comme dormir, sortir, partir
            2. Le verbe mettre
    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les adjectifs prénominaux au singulier
            2. Les adjectifs prénominaux au pluriel

     

    CHAPITRE 4
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les verbes en —re  comme attendre
            2. Le passé composé avec avoir
    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Le passé composé avec être
            2. Les questions avec quel
    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les verbes comme préférer et l’emploi de l’infinitif
            2. Les verbes comme acheter et appeler

     

    CHAPITRE 5
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les verbes prendre et boire
            2. L’article partitif
    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les questions avec les pronooms interrogatifs : qu’est-ce qui, qu’est-ce que, qui et quoi
            2. Les verbes en —ir comme choisir
    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les expressions de quantité
            2. Le pronom partitif en

     

    CHAPITRE 6
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les nombres à partir de mille 
            2. Les pronoms compléments d’objet direct le, la, l’, les
    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les pronoms compléments d’objet indirect lui et leur
            2. Les pronoms compléments d’objet me, te, nous, vous
    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Faire des suggestions avec l’imparfait
            2. L’imparfait : la description au passé


    CHAPITRE 7
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les verbes devoir, pouvoir et vouloir
            2. Imparfait et passé composé : description et narration
    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. L’imparfait et le passé composé : d’autres contrastes
            2. L’adjectif démonstratif
    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les verbes pronominaux idiomatiques
            2. Les verbes connaître et savoir

     

    CHAPITRE 8
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Le comparatif et le superlatif des adverbes
            2. Les expressions indéfinies et négatives
    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les verbes de communication écrire, lire et dire
            2.  Le comparatif et le superlatif des adjectifs
    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. C’est et il est
            2. Le verbe venir

     

    CHAPITRE 9
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Le futur
            2. Le pronom y
    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les expressions de nécessité
            2. Le subjonctif des verbes réguliers : le subjonctif avec les expressions de nécessité
    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Le subjonctif de quelques verbes irréguliers
            2. Le subjonctif avec les expressions de volonté

     

    CHAPITRE 10
    Leçon 1
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les verbes croire et voir ; la conjonction que
            2. Le subjonctif avec les expressions d’émotion
    Leçon 2
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Le conditionnel
            2.  Les phrases avec si…
    Leçon 3
    Formes et fonctions:
            1. Les pronoms relatifs où et qui
            2. Le pronom relatif que

     

    APPENDICES
    1.     L’alphabet phonétique international
    2.     Verbes
            Verbes réguliers
            Verbes irréguliers en -er
            D’autres verbes irréguliers
    3.     Lexique français-anglais
    4.     Lexique anglais-français

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