Comme on dit, Première année de français, Bundle

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ISBN: 9781626164161 ()

April 2018



Comme on dit, Première année de français, Bundle
Book + Website Access Card
Claude Grangier and Nadine O'Connor Di Vito
Comme on dit, a comprehensive first year French textbook program, engages students in the learning process from day one using an inductive methodology centered around 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. Using a workbook format, 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. To aid instructors in effectively implementing this distinctive approach, the Teacher's Edition textbook comes with filled in answers for all activities, plus teaching notes in the margins and extensive ancillary resources online. 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.

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
• Over 250 snippets of written authentic discourse, ranging from book titles to proverbs
• Teacher's Edition textbook with filled-in answers for all activities, plus teaching notes in the margins
• Extensive ancillary instructor's resources, including an instructor's manual, quizzes, sample midterm and final exams, etc., available at

Companion Website for Comme on Dit:

Comme on dit's companion website includes all homework exercises, enabling students to practice vocabulary, grammar, listening, and speaking. It capitalizes on new technology to enrich the experience of students and teachers and improve learning outcomes. 

Following the sequence of the textbook, the website gives students their homework on a convenient and easy-to-use website. Automatically graded and teacher-graded exercises give students feedback on understanding the points of grammar discussed in the textbook, as well as on practicing vocabulary, pronunciation, and listening and reading comprehension. 

Instructors can add their students to their class's roster on the companion website and track each student's progress through the Instructor's Workstation, allowing instructors to tailor in-class time to cover new material and address knowledge gaps. 

Features of the Comme on dit 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