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En Avant! Beginning French
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Chapitre 1 Pour commencerCommunication en directGreeting peopleAsking someone his or her nameAsking people how they areSaying good-byeVocabulaire interactifThe French alphabetNumbers from 0 to 69Month of the year and days of the weekGrammaire interactiveSingular indefinite articles un and une and the gender of nounsPlural nouns and the plural indefinite article desSubject pronouns and the verb etreUse of the definite articles le, la, l', and lesCulturePar la suiteMore about genderMore about numberChapitre 2 Comment sont-elles?Communication en directAsking someone's ageFinding out where someone is fromFinding out someone's nationalityVocabulaire interactifDescribing someone's personality and appearanceGrammaire interactiveThe verb avoir and common expressions using avoirBasic negation with ne... pas and ne... jamaisForms of adjectivesAsking yes/no questions with intonation and est-ce queCulturePar la suiteAdditional expressions with avoirAdditional irregular adjective formsChapitre 3 Qu'est-ce que tu aimes faire?Communication en directAsking and telling timeAsking when events occurVocabulaire interactifTalking about daily activitiesGrammaire interactiveRegular -er verbsThe verb faire and expressions with faireInformation questions with est-ce que and inversionPosition of adjectivesCulturePar la suiteAdditional spelling changesInversion with nounsNegation in questions with inversionAdjectives appearing before and after the nounChapitre 4 En familleCommunication en directMeeting people and finding out what they do for a livingFinding out what people like to do in their free timeVocabulaire interactifFamily members and petsGrammaire interactiveNoun gender and numberPossessive articlesThe verbs etre, avoir, and faireThe verbs aller and (re)venirThe form and use of definite articlesArticles and prepositions with geographical locationsThe use of present-tense forms of -er verbsSituation events in the recent past and near futureCulturePar la suitePrepositions used with additional geographical locationsAdditional temporal expressionsChapitre 5 Bon appetit!Communication en directExtending, accepting, and politely declining invitationsOrdering in a cafeVocabulaire interactifFood stores and food itemsGrammaire interactiveThe partitive article and expressions of quantityThe verbs boire and prendreRegular -re verbsOther negative expressions and the restrictor ne... queCulturePar la suiteUse of ne... personne and ne... rien with prepositionsNe... ni... ni...Chapitre 6 On est a la mode!Communication en directAsking someone's opinionAsking about someone's preferencesVocabulaire interactifDescribing people's clothing and accessoriesGrammaire interactiveThe demonstrative articles ce, cet, cette, cesVerbs in -ir like dormirThe interrogative quel(le)(s)Verbs in -ir like finirCulturePar la suiteDemonstrative pronouns celui, celle, ceux, cellesInterrogative pronouns lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquellesChapitre 7 Le week-end dernierCommunication en directAsking how long and since whenNarrating a series of past eventsVocabulaire interactifTalking about entertainment and cultural eventsGrammaire interactiveThe verbs vouloir, pouvoir, devoir, and savoirThe indefinite pronouns quelqu'un, quelque chose, and quelque partTalking about past activities using the passe composeThe use of etre as auxiliary in the passe composeCulturePar la suiteAdditional meanings and uses of devoirUse of both avoir and etre as auxiliaryChapitre 8 L'image de soiCommunication en directAsking for advice and recommendationsAsking about someone's daily routineVocabulaire interactifParts of the bodyGrammaire interactiveRegular verb groups and irregular verbsTalking about daily routines using pronominal verbsThe interrogatives qu'est-ce que and quel(le)(s)Additional forms for asking questionsUse and forms of the passe composeUsing pronominal verbs in the passe composeCulturePar la suiteUse of pronominal verbs as passive constructionsChapitre 9 Chez nousCommunication en directDescribing what you liked to do in the pastDescribing someone or something in the pastVocabulaire interactifTalking about one's residenceGrammaire interactiveThe comparative and superlative of adjectivesUsing the imparfait to express habitual actions in the pastUsing the imparfait to express ongoing actions and situations in the pastUse of the passe compose versus the imparfaitCulturePar la suiteOther uses of stressed pronounsUse of stressed pronouns with -meme(s)The pluperfectChapitre 10 Ca se fete!Communication en directWishing people well on holidays and on special occasionsAsking for an explanationVocabulaire interactifTalking about holidays and other celebrationsGrammaire interactiveThe verbs croire and recevoir; subordinate clausesRelative clauses with qui, que, and ouGiving commands using the imperativeSynthesis of uses and forms of adverbsCulturePar la suiteRelative clauses with dontThe use of ce que, ce qui, and ce dontChapitre 11 Trouver son cheminCommunication en directTalking about future plansFinding out if people like what they doVocabulaire interactifTalking about life's major milestonesGrammaire interactiveThe verbs lire, dire, and ecrireImpersonal use of ilUse of futur simpleIrregular stems in the futur simpleCulturePar la suiteSpelling changes in future-tense stemsThe future perfectChapitre 12 En villeCommunication en directAsking for and giving directionsVocabulaire interactifTalking about city livingGrammaire interactiveThe verbs savoir and croireThe verbs connaitre and reconnaitreThe comparative and superlative of adjectivesThe comparative and superlative of adverbs and nounsObject pronounsSynthesis of uses and forms of object pronounsPronominal verbs in the passe composeUse of object pronouns in the passe composeCulturePar la suiteUse of multiple object pronounsChapitre 13 Bonnes vacances!Communication en directTalking about a hypothetical situationMore hypothetical situationsVocabulaire interactifTalking about vacations and travelGrammaire interactiveIndicating movement with verbs such as conduireThe conditional moodObject pronouns with the imperativeCulturePar la suiteOther verbs ending in -uireThe past conditionalUse of multiple object pronounsChapitre 14 Ici, on parle francais!Communication en directAsking someone's opinion about what's essential or importantExpanding on an opinion by explaining whyVocabulaire interactifTalking about a country's history and language(s)Grammaire interactiveLinking verbs to an infinitive with a or deSpecifying groups of people and things using tout/tous/toute(s) and other quantifiersSaying what one should do using the present subjunctiveCulturePar la suiteQuantifiers used as pronounsSpelling changes in subjunctive stemsChapitre 15 Engagez-vous!Communication en directExpressing one's level of interest in a topicExpressing one's emotional reaction to a topicVocabulaire interactifTalking about France's social and environmental issuesGrammaire interactiveIndicating uncertainty by using the present subjunctiveSaying what one wishes using the present subjunctiveUse of an infinitive versus the subjunctiveCulturePar la suiteThe verbs penser, croire, and (se) douterAdditional subjunctive forms (vouloir, pleuvoir, falloir, and valoir)Avant de and avant queApres que and the present indicative; apres and the past infinitiveChapitre 16 Une celebration des artsCommunication en directSeeking someone's inputTaking leave of people and wishing them wellVocabulaire interactifTalking about the artsGrammaire interactiveRegular and irregular verbs in the present tenseQuestion formationSubject and object pronounsPast-tense formsCulturePar la suiteUse of en + present participle

About the Author

Bruce Anderson is a Lecturer in French at The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) where he teaches undergraduate courses on French language and culture. From 2002-2010 he served as the coordinator for beginning- and intermediate-level French courses at the University of California, Davis, where he additionally trained new graduate student instructors in foreign language pedagogy. He holds a Ph.D. in French Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research on the acquisition of French as a second language has been published in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Research, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition, among other venues.

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