Summary: Deux mondes is widely regarded as the most communicative text available for beginning French courses. Based on the Natural Approach, developed by Tracy Terrell and Stephen Krashen, Deux mondes, Fourth Edition offers beginning language students a way to develop language proficiency, especially in listening and speaking, that allows students to participate in real conversations at a very early stage. The Natural Approach in general, and < ...show moreI>Deux mondes, Fourth Edition in particular, present material inductively (so that the activities drive the grammar) and in the context of culturally rich themes and topics. This text clearly sets itself apart from the competition: with Deux mondes, students quickly become excited with their rapid growth in comprehension and vocabulary acquisition, and enjoy speaking in the non-threatening environment made possible by the activity formats. Edition/Copyright: 4TH 02
- The organization and use of the white-page activities are presented more clearly with a new system that facilitates lesson planning. They are now categorized into 14 rubrics. In the student edition, each has a title indicating its rubric. The suggested methodology and purpose for each rubric are clearly explained in the Instructor's Manual, along with sample lesson plans for each rubric, based on specific activities in the Fourth Edition student text.
- There is a more lively look-and-feel within the white pages, with more color, graphics and art to stimulate visual learning. And, every chapter in the Fourth Edition has richer variety of white-page activity types.
- All chapters are updated in content and subject matter.
- Chapitre 11, Les moyens de communication, has also undergone strong revision to accommodate the technological advancements in society in general.
- More realia-based activities.
- Two new in-text web-based features:
- Cliquez là! (click there) is a unique new web feature that enhances several activities and readings in each chapter. This feature guides students to do basic research on their own, often to meet a simple need such as finding a hotel or making a purchase. Cliquez là! activities can be assigned as homework or used for personal browsing.
- Le Web vous attend! (The web awaits you!) are new end-of-chapter web activities which refer students to the McGraw-Hill website in order to complete the activities. Different from Cliquez là!, they function as realia. Here one finds activities keyed to chapter themes, additional readings and realia, self-tests, additional grammar exercises, and more.
- The readings in the Fourth Edition are even more culturally interesting and focus on real people. There is now one Info per chapter and two new reading features have been added.
The first, ''Les francophones sur le vif''!, (Francophones in daily life) offers short interviews with native speakers from around the world.
The second, ''La langue en mouvement''!, (Language in motion) is also a short text highlighting particular aspects of the French language which ties them into current Francophone culture.
- Several Grammaire sections have been rearranged to accommodate new fourth-edition functional needs.
- The ATE margin notes for instructors in the Grammaire have been enriched and expanded.
- The Student Text margin notes for student use have been revised and improved.
- There is a new student CD-ROM that correlates with the text that contains a large selection of interactive activities, cultural notes and the Vocabulaire sections. It also includes the MHELT, verb charts, and a useful talking dictionary.
- A New Website offers cultural links and the opportunity for students to self-quiz with additional vocabulary and grammar practice.
- The Natural Approach is based on the premise that students develop language in stages.
- Because the comprehension stage precedes the production stage, Deux mondes focuses first on receptive skills (listening and reading) by incorporating large amounts of comprehensible input (TPR, teacher talk, pre-text oral activities) before asking students to produce the language (speaking and writing). Rather than using topics and culture as background for teaching grammar, the organization of Deux mondes makes them central.
- Activités et lectures (Activities and Readings), found on the white pages, is the first part of each chapter and the heart of the text. This section introduces students to vocabulary and key structures through chapter-opening drawings and lively, targeted activities. By asking students about themselves and their interests, the oral activities are extraordinarily successful in getting students involved, talking, and using key structures in natural and meaningful communication.
- The success that instructors have had with its oral activities is, in large part, the key to the success Deux mondes has enjoyed.
- The second part of each chapter, easily located on the blue pages, contains Grammaire et exercices (Grammar and exercises). The clear, straightforward grammar explanations and self-correctable grammar practice in this section are particularly designed for students to study on their own, although instructors may cover the material in class, if they prefer. Within this two-part chapter organization, the study of grammar takes its place as one part--meaningful and important, but only one part--of learning to be a successful communicator.
- All parts of Deux mondes are designed to be covered in class--the activities and readings on the white pages--are in French, including nearly all of the marginal glosses for the readings. The student need not encounter any English at all in class. Only material intended for students to cover at home--grammar explanations and translated examples that appear in the blue pages--are in English. For this reason, many advocates of the Direct Method or All French approach use Deux mondes.
- The two worlds of the title reflect the importance in Deux mondes of reaching the student's world and linking it to France and the Francophone world. Therefore, the cultural material in Deux mondes is not anecdotal or decorative but carefully designed as an integral part of the activities in the text and the course. The richly diverse cultural information is carefully selected to enhance the chapter themes and to provide content for discussion in class.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Year Published: 2002