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Jean Marie Schultz
After the highly successful launch of the first edition of this popular, college-level intermediate French program, the Second Edition of Réseau: Communication, Intégration, Intersections expands upon the features that have made it so popular in two- and four-year colleges and universities around the world. Réseau conceives of the teaching of French as a holistic endeavor, not only in terms of language skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—but also in terms of cultural knowledge in the broadest sense. Based on the belief that knowledge of a second language and culture necessarily brings about a greater understanding not only of the world in an increasingly global context, but also of the individual self, the content and activities in Réseau offer students the opportunity to reflect on the differences between their own and French and Francophone cultures and experiment with the new identities that so many researchers suggest language learning can encourage.
Incorporation of the five principles of the Foreign Language Standards
Réseau incorporates into the program the richest possible combination of the five principles of the Foreign Language Standards: communication, connections, cultures, comparisons, and communities. Réseau is thus rich in oral and written communicative activities, cultural information, comparative reflections on both linguistic and cultural elements, communities both within the classroom and extending into the global arena, and connections to knowledge beyond that of the anglophone world.
Emphasis on Critical Thinking and Language Learning
From the Invitation à la conversation communicative advanced organizer sections, to the grammar presentations and the Comparaisons linguistiques, to the pre- and post-reading sections (Stratégie de prélecture, Stratégie de lecture, Vérifions notre compréhension du texte, Approfondissons notre compréhension du texte, Discutons ensemble), and in the writing sections (Stratégie d’écriture, Avant d’écrire, Collaborons), Réseau keeps the need to foster critical thinking clearly in mind. All of these sections are designed to encourage students to probe the “why” and “how” of relational, sociological, cultural, political, psychological, and literary issues. Questions are sequenced from easy to more complex, and the variety of activity formats is designed to provide a wide range of linguistic resources so that instructors can tailor their curricula according to their students’ interests and talents.
A smooth transition from beginning to intermediate French
For almost a quarter of a century students’ smooth transition from beginning language courses to advanced literature and culture courses has plagued French departments. Réseau targets speaking, reading, and writing skills in ways that systematically foster their development through the encouragement of higher-level critical thinking. The program is unique in its focus on the teaching of foreign language writing skills for improved articulation to more advanced courses targeting specifically the argumentative essay, which is generally required in advanced-level literature and culture courses. The specific writing lessons and models (Modèle d’écriture) in Réseau incorporate genre-based approaches to writing, which have been used with great success in the teaching of English and ESL composition.
Cultural Diversity, Globalization, and Identity are at the forefront
Under the influence of increased globalization, immigration, and multiculturalism, French culture isundergoing numerous sociological, cultural, and political changes. In contrast to the image of a homogeneous France that could be presented a quarter of a century ago, such a presentation today would be largely mythical. Réseau thus strives to incorporate themes that will provide a multidimensional view of French and Francophone culture. Chapters can be grouped into 3 large categories: sociology, politics, and humanities.
High-interest, relevant grammar presentation and practice
Grammar presentations in Réseau alternate between grammar presentation and cultural and literary texts in order to break up the monotony that might occur in any grammar-driven program and to avoid the potential grammar overload that can arise when students are asked to deal with one point after the other. From a pedagogical perspective, this alternating format creates a more content-rich environment for the presentation of grammar. Examples illustrating specific grammar points and grammar support exercises can draw on the readings for greater contextualization. Finally, the alternating format allows students some time to reflect on and absorb the grammar presented, rather than having to deal with too many points at once.
The interactive grammar presentations, the focused practice in the oral exercises of the Pratiquons sections, the follow-up activities in the culture and literature discussions, and the writing component are all designed to work together in the effort to target grammatical competency and integrate students’ grammatical knowledge within a variety of communicative modes, including their cultural competency.
Easy-to-understand grammar explanations are presented entirely in French.
The language of grammar instruction is a controversial issue. Programs that rely on explanations in English encourage students to study the grammar for themselves at home and to practice speaking in the classroom. Programs that present the grammar in the target language strive to encourage students to think in that language. One of the goals of Réseau is to maximize students’ use of French and to reflect on all dimensions in the language, and the presentation of grammar contributes to this goal. Users of the program have found that French grammar, with its many English cognates, can be taught very effectively in the target language. Each grammar section contains a Comparaisons linguistiques section that is intended to help students focus on the differences between English and French and solidify their linguistic knowledge.
MyFrenchLab Online Learning and Assessment Program
MyFrenchLab is Pearson’s award-winning online learning, tutorial, and assessment program that truly engages students. It helps students better prepare for class, quizzes, and exams resulting in better performance in the course.
This award-winning, nationally hosted online learning system was created specifically for students in language courses. It brings together–in one convenient, easily navigable site–a wide array of language-learning tools and resources, including an interactive version of the Student Activities Manual and all materials from the audio program. Readiness checks and grammar tutorials presented in English individualize instruction to meet the needs of each student. Instructors can use the system to make assignments, set grading parameters, listen to student-created audio recordings, and provide feedback on student work. Instructor access is provided at no charge to adopting institutions. Students can purchase access codes online or at their local bookstore.
NEW! Revised and enhanced vocabulary in most chapters.
NEW! Cultural information has been updated throughout. New cultural readings and support activities for chapters 2 (Théorie du genre’ au lycée, la crainte de dérives), 4 (Le message du général de Gaulle reste d'actualité), 8 (Dany Laferrière : “Je ne suis pas obligé de crier ma créolité sur tous les toits”) and 11 (Sondage: comment les étrangers voient la France).
NEW! A new listening/speaking activity--Qu’en pensez-vous?--has been added to each chapter of the student text and student activities manual to increase opportunities for in-class guided listening. Designed to help foster students’ listening and speaking skills and to reinforce the two vocabulary sections, the topics are current and provide students insight into contemporary French culture as well as specific gambits and vocabulary that they might find useful if they study abroad.
NEW! New support activities, generally focusing on input processing, have been added in the Pratiquons sections.
NEW! A new web search activity--Stratégie de recherche--has been added to each chapter to offer more web-based activities for cultural exploration.
NEW! New and expanded annotations have been added to the Annotated Instructor's Edition
NEW! Activities in the print Student Activities Manual and MyFrenchLab were revised, updated and expanded; a new visually based activity was added to each chapter of the SAM. A new crossword puzzle activity has been added to each chapter
NEW! Film discussion questions for chapter 2, 4 and 10 have been added to the Instructor Resource Manual.
NEW! A new Testing Program has been created. Testing materials are now available in MyTest in MyFrenchLab
1. Les relations familiales
2. Masculin/féminin : rôles
3. La vie urbaine
4. Politique, indépendance : identité française, identité acadienne et québécoise
5. La France : un kaléidoscope social
6. La France : icônes culturelles
7. La France bigarrée —un pays métissé et multiculturel
8. La Francophonie
9. Intersections esthétiques : architecture, peinture, sculpture
10. Regard sur la France : le septième art ou le cinéma
11. La France vue d’ailleurs
12. La France et l’Europe
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