Teaching French Grammar in Context

Theory and Practice

Stacey L. Katz and Carl S. Blyth

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October 28, 2007
280 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
8 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300109511
Paper

"This text offers insights for teaching French grammar that are grounded in theory and research in applied linguistics. The sections on how mechanical drills in existing French textbooks may be modified will prove useful to instructors and TAs. An informative methodology text for French. A welcome addition to the profession!" -Wynne Wong, The Ohio State University

“Something needs to be done about grammar.”  Katz and Blyth have written this book with the hope of changing the way French instructors teach and conceive of grammar. Intended to help teachers and teacher trainers develop an understanding of French discourse that is grounded in recent theoretical and sociolinguistic research, this book is devoted to informing teachers-in-training, as well as experienced teachers, about cutting-edge methods for teaching grammar. It also describes the grammatical features of the French language in its social context. 

At the same time, it provides suggestions for applying such abstract knowledge in practical pedagogical ways, for example, how to structure grammatical explanations, devise classroom activities, and take advantage of resources that give students greater exposure to French as it is truly used in various discourse environments.

 

Stacey L. Katz is associate professor of French at the University of Utah. Carl S. Blyth is associate professor of French at the University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Texas Language Technology Center.

"This research is very important for professors and instructors who are charged with the teaching of French as a Second Language, where they have to face differing cultures in class as well. Following the recommendations of Katz and Blyth, teachers will find answers to students' questions as well as ideas for exercises. They will be able to adapt their textbooks to teach grammar and communication being aware that these two use different languages. I recommend this book to all those who not only teach French but also others languages and communication to students."—Rocky Mountain Review

"With this volume, Katz and Blyth make a significant contribution by presenting an overview of current thinking about the teaching of grammar, together with practical recommendations for implementing a variety of classroom strategies aimed primarily at the elementary and intermediate college levels. This volume would fit well in a course on applied French linguistics, in any methods course focused on French, or in the library of any secondary or postsecondary French teacher." —Betsy Kerr, French Review

"Instructors can now be better equipped in the classroom when faced with questions of why one grammar point works the way it does and thereby assist students to become better learners."—Eileen M. Angelini, The NECTFL Review