Comme on dit

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672 pp., 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 9781626160958 (1626160953)

April 2018
LC: 2016026254


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Comme on dit website (with teacher resources)
Comme on dit companion website

Comme on dit
Première année de français
Teacher's Edition
Claude Grangier and Nadine O'Connor Di Vito
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Comme on dit, a comprehensive first-year French textbook program, engages students in the learning process from day one using an inductive methodology centered on guided observation and rule discovery. Together with students' communicative needs and an analysis of their most pervasive transfer errors from English, the everyday speech patterns of 100 native speakers—culled from 150 hours of unscripted recordings—form the linguistic backbone of the method. Students examine, compare, and contrast this wide variety of authentic discourse to discover both individual and shared language use and cultural perspectives. Additionally, students systematically and progressively acquire the fundamental sounds and rhythmic patterns of spoken French, which leads them to develop solid pronunciation and conversational fluency as well as notable listening comprehension skills. By the end of one academic year, students with no prior French instruction can expect to achieve Intermediate-Mid to Intermediate-High proficiency on the ACTFL scale.

To aid instructors in effectively implementing this distinctive approach, there is a separate Teacher Edition textbook (ISBN 978-1-62616-095-8) with filled-in answers for all activities, plus teaching notes in the margins. Extensive ancillary resources including an instructor's manual, quizzes, sample midterm, and final exams are also available online at

Features of Comme on dit:

• Emphasis on providing students with the tools and skills to help them communicate early on about topics relevant to them and their daily lives
• Equal focus on all four major skill areas—reading, writing, listening, and speaking—and on the establishment of a solid grammatical and lexical foundation
• Over 1,000 audio and video files, giving students ample material to practice listening to French as it is spoken by native speakers (available to stream at
• Over 250 snippets of written authentic discourse, ranging from book titles to proverbs


Features of the Comme on dit Smart Sparrow Companion Website:

• 350 interactive activities, including both automatically graded and teacher-graded exercises
• Extensive vocabulary and grammar exercises
• Listening comprehension activities centered around authentic discourse segments
• Reading passages from a variety of sources, ranging from Wikipedia entries to an excerpt from Le Petit Prince
Claude Grangier is Senior Lecturer and French Language Coordinator at the University of Chicago. With an academic background in philosophy, she has devoted over 40 years to teaching French as a foreign language, researching foreign language teaching methodology, and developing language learning materials.

Nadine O'Connor Di Vito
is Senior Lecturer and Director of Language Programs at the University of Chicago. Specializing in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, she has developed and analyzed several corpora of French spoken discourse. She is the author of Patterns Across Spoken and Written French: Empirical Research on the Interaction Among Forms, Functions, and Genres as well as numerous articles in sociolinguistics and foreign language teaching and acquisition.
"Comme on dit is a very different kind of language textbook. The workbook format fosters not just skills in writing, but also active attention to target language input, while serving to support skills in reading and speaking."—The French Review

Table of Contents
Preface for Students
Preface for Instructors

Unité 1: Bonjour!
Unité 2: Au revoir!
Unité 3: Je m'appelle
Unité 4: Tu as quel âge?
Unité 5: Qu'est-ce que tu aimes comme musique?
Unité 6: La date et l'heure
Unité 7: Une baguette s'il vous plait!
Unité 8: Mes affaires, mon logement
Unité 9: Qu'est-ce que tu aimes comme boissons?
Unité 10: Qu'est-ce que tu fais comme ètudes?
Unité 11: Tu vas oú?
Unité 12: J'aime…, je vais…, je peux…
Unité 13: Dans les magasins
Unité 14: Le petit déjeuner
Unité 15: Je cherche la poste
Unité 16: La famille
Unité 17: lls sont comment?
Unité 18: Qu'est-ce qu'ils font comme profession?
Unité 19: Oú est-ce qu'ils habitent?
Unité 20: Oú est-ce que tu es nè/e? Oú est-ce que tu as habité?
Unité 21: Nationalités et langues
Unité 22: Il fait quell temps?
Unité 23: Tu fais de l'exercice?
Unité 24: Qu'est-ce que tu aimes comme films?
Unité 25: Qu'est-ce que tu portes?
Unité 26: Qu'est-ce que tu as fait pendant les vacances?
Unité 27: Les amis
Unité 28: À quelle heure tu te lèves?
Unité 29: Tu es artiste?
Unité Qu'est-ce qu'on mange?

Listes de vocabulaire
Instruments de musique
Manager et boire
Matières au lycée et à l'université
Types de sport et d'activé physique
Vêtements, chaussures et quelques accessories
Index général
Index de prononciation
Photo Credits