L'Art de Lire Le Récit

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/14/2001
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Designed to help readers develop reading ability in French especially in preparation for the study of literature (narrative fiction)L'Art de lirepresents nine modern, intriguing, humorous, moving, exciting, well-paced, interesting, and accessible French short stories.Stories include Georges Simenon's La Vieille Dame de Bayeux and L'Auberge aux Noyees, Guy De Maupassant's L'Aventure de Walter Schnaffs, Les Bijoux and Deux Amis, L. Anoma Kaniee's Les Hommes Invisibles, Francois Truffaut, Le Deejeuner de Sylvie, Marcel Pagnol's Au Parc Boreely avec tante Rose, and Colette's Dans la Foule: Aprees L'Affaire de las Rue Ordener.For those interested in developing their reading ability in French.

Table of Contents

1. Georges Simenon.
La Vieille Dame de Bayeux.

2. Georges Simenon.
L'Auberge aux Noyés.

3. Guy De Maupassant.
L'Aventure de Walter Schnaffs.

4. Guy De Maupassant.
Les Bijoux.

5. Guy de Maupassant.
Deux Amis.

6. L. Anoma Kanié.
Les Hommes Invisibles.

7. Francois Truffaut.
Le Déjeuner de Sylvie.

8. Marcel Pagnol.
Au Parc Borély avec tante Rose.

9. Colette.
Dans la Foule: Après L'Affaire de la Rue Ordener.



L'Art de Liremay be used at any level after the first year of French with students who have had little previous reading experience. Used in a course that focuses on the development of reading skills, or as a secondary text/reader in mufti-skilled course, it provides ample opportunities to learn to read French. The Third Edition retains the student-friendly format of the First and Second Editions and develops further student activities and investigations in and around the stories. We are grateful to our students and to our fellow teachers for their continued comments and suggestions. Many readers have appreciated the stories inL'Art de Lire,finding them to be intriguing or funny, moving or exciting. Stories are graded in difficulty; earlier readings are abridged and edited to make them more accessible. The number of cuts diminishes as the book progresses. Many selections are divided into a series of installments. All chapters are supported by a pedagogical apparatus that is both full and flexible.ThePreparation a la lecturestarts with a concern forLexiqueand highlights words in the context of explicit previews of the action. Through the first nine story segments, lexical categories distinguishMots apparentesandFaux amis.Afterwards, these categories are presented together with otherVocabulaire.Grammairesections include demonstrations ofMots-cles,function words that also provide discourse coherence. Grammar is presented to provide a focus of recognition needed for reading comprehension.L'art de liresections present succinct discussions and contextual illustrations of broad and specific reading knowledge and techniques on matters of vocabulary, grammar, culture, and the coherence of story. TheExercisesthat conclude eachPreparation a la lectureconsolidate command of the vocabulary presented. They are intended to help the student prepare for the reading. This work on lexical awareness serves the kind of knowledge that helps students recognize and understand words in different contexts.Marginal questions in French provide a convenient and rapid way of reviewing the reading selection in class and should help students find their way through difficult passages on their own. Following each selection,Activites sur le recitreview, and ensure grasp, and recall of details at the levels of action, character, place, and theme. A range of activity types are employed including true/false and sentence-completion exercises; others call for identification of characters, actions, places, or objects from the story. Activities are presented in narrative order and are sufficiently detailed to cover all of the significant action of the reading. While they may look like exam questions, their purpose is to recirculate the narrative material and relevant vocabulary in order to ensure that students are able to remember and deal with the story on their own terms in French. Students should be encouraged to write out answers fully in order to practice perceiving details of the written language. TheSujets de discussion, de composition, de recherche, et de presentationencourage more critical responses. They bring the vocabulary of the story into more active use, invite students to think about meanings, and provide a framework in which they can discuss in French what pleases, bothers, or puzzles them about it--the motivation of the characters, the plausibility of the plot, the relationship to their own lives, and so forth. Here, what students talk about and write is encouraged to become some sort of composition. Many of these exercises encourage role-playing activities, monologues and dialogues, to help students develop dramatic aspects of the story in the classroom. These exercises provide guidance for class discussion and writing activities, short analyses and

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