Deux Mondes : A Communicative Approach

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-06-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill College
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"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 "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.

Table of Contents

Première étape Premières rencontres Activités Qui est-ce? Les camarades de classe Comment sont-ils? La description des personnes Les vêtements et les couleurs Rencontres Grammaire et exercices
Commands with vous
Identifying people: C'est..., Je m'appelle
Gender, agreement, and articles
Describing people: Subject pronouns and être; ne... pas
Plural nouns and articles
Addressing others: Tu and vous Deuxième étape Le monde étudiant Activités Qu'est-ce qu'il y a dans la salle de classe? La date et l'alphabet Les nombres de 40 à 100 et l'heure Les cours et la semaine scolaire La description des autres Grammaire et exercices
Expressing existence: Il y a
Asking questions
Spelling in French
Quelle heure est-il? Telling time
Expressing possession: The verb avoir
Recognizing the gender of nouns
Describing with adjectives: More on gender agreement
Irregular plural forms of nouns and adjectives
Ma famille et moi Activités et lectures La famille Info
Société: La famille française Goûts personnels Origines et renseignements personnels Info
Société: Qui sont les Français? La vie de famille Info
Vie quotidienne: La pétanque Lecture: Familles d'aujourd'hui Grammaire et exercices
Expressing relationships and possession: Possessive adjectives
Expressing likes and dislikes: The verb aimer + infinitive
Stating origin: The verb venir
Talking about dates and personal data: Numbers beyond 100
Talking about actions: Present tense of -er verbs
Expressing relationships and possession: De + noun and contractions of de (From this point, only grammar points will be shown.)
La vie quotidienne et les loisirs
Talking about activities and weather: The verb faire
Talking about everyday activities: Reflexive verbs
Going places and future actions: The verb aller, contractions of à, and aller + infinitive
Making general statements: The impersonal subject on
Abilities and desires: The verbs pouvoir, vouloir, and savoir
En ville
Saying where things are: Prepositions of location
Asking questions: Interrogative words
Irregular -re verbs like prendre
Expressing necessity: il faut and devoir + infinitive
Pointing things out: Demonstrative adjectives and -ci/-là
Expressing quantities: Partitive articles and other expressions of quantity
Verbs like sortir and dormir
La maison et le quartier
Describing: Adjectives that come before the noun
Making comparisons
Regular -ir verbs (finir)
Regular -re verbs (prendre)
Direct object pronouns
Talking about knowing: The verb connaître
Describing states of being: Idioms with avoir
Dans le passé
Saying what you did: The passé composé with avoir
The passé composé with être
The passé composé of reflexive verbs
Past participles of irregular verbs conjugated with avoir
Negative expressions
L'enfance et la jeunesse
The irregular verbs dire, lire, écrire
Saying what you used to do: The imperfect
Describing past states: More on the imperfect
Linking ideas: The relative pronouns qui, que, où
Indirect object pronouns
More on reflexive verbs
Seeing and believing: The verbs voir and croire
Different perspectives on the past: The passé composé and the imparfait
Review of articles: Definite, indefinite, and partitive
Expressing quantities: Using the pronoun en
Asking questions: Review of qui, que, and quoi
Ongoing actions: Etre en train de + infinitive
Ordering events: avant de + infinitive, après + past infinitive
La Terre
Expressing location, destination, and origin: Prepositions + place names
Expressing extremes: The superlative
Making distinctions: The question lequel? and the answer celui
Ought to and should: More on the verb devoir
What was going on: Another use of the imparfait
L'enseignement, les carrières et l'avenir
J'y pense: More on y
Emphatic pronouns
Identifying and describing: C'est versus il / elle est
Saying what you've been doing: The present + depuis
Saying what you will do: The future tense
Les voyages
Expressing all and everything: Using tout
Expressing obligation: Il faut que + subjunctive
More about the subjunctive
Verbs for travelling: conduire and suivre
Giving orders: The imperative with pronouns
Double object pronouns
Les moyens de communication
Saying what you would do: The conditional tense
The relative pronoun dont
The indefinite relatives ce qui, ce que, and ce dont
Review of object pronouns: direct and indirect objects
Talking about hypothetical situations: More on the imparfait
La santé et les urgences
Saying what you want others to do: More on the subjunctive
Changes of state: rendre + adjective; passé composé versus imparfait
The present participle
Expressing events in the recent past: venir de + infinitive
Narrating in the past tense: More on the passé composé and the imparfait Chapitre
La famille et les valeurs en société
Each other: Reciprocal use of reflexive pronouns
Describing actions: Adverbs
Expressing feelings: More about the subjunctive
A past in the past: The plus-que-parfait
More on expressing possession: Possessive pronouns
Les enjeux du présent et de l'avenir
The verb vivre
Should have: The past conditional of devoir
Saying what you would have done: The past conditional
The subjunctive with conjunctions
Expressing doubt and uncertainty: More on the subjunctive
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