Identité, Modernité, Texte


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Matthew W. Morris, Carol Herron, and Colette-Rebecca Estin

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This up-to-date and richly varied French language textbook is designed for intermediate-level students. Its aim is to promote ease and comprehension in reading while introducing students to twentieth-century Francophone literature. Founded upon the notion that in-depth learning can include materials and activities that employ a playful approach, Identité, Modernité, Texte shows students how literature is related to life and how to develop critical and analytical reading skills.

Exploring many aspects of the theme of identity, the book combines the use of modern literary texts and French civilization components with language building exercises. A wealth of activities, famous quotations, traditional French riddles and word games, and illustrations allows instructors great flexibility.

Matthew Morris is associate professor of humanities (French), Oxford College of Emory University. Carol Herron is professor of French, Emory University. Colette-Rebecca Estin is an independent teacher, storyteller, and writer in Paris.

“This text would be excellent for an advanced French language course, to solidify grammar and composition skills while learning how to approach various styles of literary text. A weakness of such texts in the past has been the lack of engaging reading selections. This text addresses that problem by providing a variety of interesting and provocative literary selections.”—Cathleen Corrie, Baylor University

"From the introductory activities in each chapter to the background material on the literary passages to the post-reading activities and the suggested Internet research exercises, this unique book incorporates and applies theories on reading development, on language acquisition, and on promoting oral and written proficiencies."—Connie Knop, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Any French instructor will immediately see the merit of this original textbook. It targets all foreign language acquisition skills and offers literary selections from authors and works that appeal to today’s college students."—Judith L. Barban, Winthrop University

"This book exposes students to pertinent existential questions about individual identity as well as questions about literary genres. The choice of texts and the expansion exercises at the ends of the chapters are both interesting and valuable."—Virginia M. Scott, Vanderbilt University

"This recent entry into the field of advanced-intermediate, literature-based French readers takes the high road, and it does so in an admirably thoughtful and thorough way. The book is coherent: Its title, heft, cover illustration, black-and-white and half-tone coloring, illustrations, content, and approach all evoke the promise as well as the challenges of negotiating the transition from survival-level language development toward the rarified realms of critical analysis. . . . An astoundingly rich curriculum for learning and teaching literary competence in French. It is a current, thorough, and reasonable solution to the second curricular bridge problem between low-intermediate skills courses and upper-division critical work."—John Angell, The Modern Language Journal

"Combines 'fun learning' with in-depth analysis, a solid construction with activities of a playful nature, and a logical chain of exercises with a lively momentum that allows students to learn a great deal without realizing it. Any instructor of French will benefit from consulting this varied and rich manual and many will undoubtedly want to adopt it for their intermediate or advanced courses."—S. Pascale Vergereau-Dewey, French Review
ISBN: 9780300098044
Publication Date: December 11, 2003
432 pages, 8 x 10
48 b/w illus.
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