French in Action
A Beginning Course in Language and Culture: The Capretz Method, Third Edition, Part 1
Pierre J. Capretz and Barry Lydgate, with Béatrice Abetti and Marie-Odile Germain
September 30, 2012
376 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
1120 total scattered illus.
Since it was first published, French in Action: A Beginning Course in Language and Culture—The Capretz Method has been widely recognized in the field as a model for video-based foreign-language instructional materials. The third edition has been revised by Pierre Capretz and Barry Lydgate and includes new, contemporary illustrations throughout and more-relevant information for today's students in the Documents sections of each lesson. A completely new feature is a journal by the popular character Marie-Laure, who observes and humorously comments on the political, cultural, and technological changes in the world between 1985 and today. The new edition also incorporates more content about the entire Francophone world. In use by hundreds of colleges, universities, and high schools, French in Action remains a powerful educational resource, and the third edition updates the course for a new generation of learners.
Pierre Capretz is the creator of French in Action and a pioneer in video-based foreign-language instruction. He taught French at Yale University from 1956 to 2003 and was director of the Yale Language Laboratory from 1963 to 2000. Barry Lydgate is professor of French at Wellesley College.
"I have been an unconditional proponent of French in Action for 14 years and continue to use it with great success. Why? Because French in Action is the only text that allows French to be taught without using English. The pedagogical sections of the videos—and not the English language—serve as the reference point for the text. Where events have overtaken the movie (i.e., the euro, the Internet, le téléphone portable, etc.), it is easy for a professor to continue to use the videos and all the mise en oeuvre questions with minor updates."—Jeffrey H. Fox, College of DuPage
"Unique in its magnitude, versatility, and state-of-the-art method. . . . A real breakthrough."—Antoinette Shewmake, French Review
"The closest thing to a total immersion in language and culture short of a trip to France. . . . Capretz and his colleagues have set a new standard for foreign language teaching materials."—Roger Neff, Modern Language Journal