French in Action

A Beginning Course in Language and Culture - The Capretz Method

French in Action

French in Action is widely recognized as a model for multimedia foreign-language instruction. Now revised for a new generation of French learners, the third edition includes new, contemporary illustrations and updated cultural and linguistic information for today's students. In use by hundreds of colleges, universities, and high schools, French in Action is a powerful educational resource. Part 2, for which the workbook is now available, guides students through the intermediate level of French language acquisition.

French in Action

A Beginning Course in Language and Culture : the Capretz Method : Study Guide

French in Action

An innovative and highly effective system of teaching French that combines video, audio, and print materials to provide a 'total immersion' course in French language and culture.

French in Action Digital Audio Program, Part 2

A Beginning Course in Language and Culture

French in Action Digital Audio Program, Part 2

Each French in Action lesson is broken down to the exercise level on these CDRoms. Part 2 of the audio program accompanies Lessons 27-52. The digital audio files are in MP3 format. We have provided a Web page for each lesson with audio files for each of the exercises.

Double Takes

Culture and Gender in French Films and Their American Remakes

Double Takes

During the past decade or more the American remake has increasingly characterized Hollywood's relationship with the French cinema, as films ranging from classics like A Bout de Souffle (Breathless) to contemporary comedies like Trois Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Baby) and La Cage aux Folles (Birdcage) are adapted for US screens. In this comparative, interdisciplinary study Carolyn Durham shows how the remake phenomenon reveals striking differences not just in film theory but also epitomizes larger issues of competition, political and economic tensions, and social, gender, and aesthetic constructs. Durham establishes the metaphor of Euro Disney, which American investors envisioned as the quintessential transcultural entertainment but many French denounced as "a cultural Chernobyl," and then applies it to a close analysis of the films, showing how significant changes between original and remake further our understanding of national identity in both countries. France's belief in its own cultural superiority, she writes, leads to a perceived duty to "disseminate French culture worldwide in the guise of civilisation itself," an attitude that clashes with Hollywood's filmmaking hegemony and its "openness to new ideas, including the foreign." While the central concern is the meaning of cross-cultural differences, this engaging and incisive book also outlines an ongoing battle between a nation convinced of its aesthetic and cultural patrimony and an American industry driven by its own sense of global destiny.

Teaching with the Screen

Pedagogy, Agency, and Media Culture

Teaching with the Screen

Teaching with the Screen explores the forms that pedagogy takes as teachers and students engage with the screens of popular culture. By necessity, these forms of instruction challenge traditional notions of what constitutes education. Spotlighting the visual, spatial, and relational aspects of media-based pedagogy using a broad range of critical methodologies–textual analysis, interviews, and participant observation–and placing it at the intersection of education, anthropology, and cultural studies, this book traces a path across historically specific instances of media that function as pedagogy: Hollywood films that feature teachers as protagonists, a public television course on French language and culture, a daily television "news" program created by high school students, and a virtual reality training simulation funded by the US Army. These case studies focus on teachers as pedagogical agents (teacher plus screen) who unite the two figures that have polarized earlier debates regarding the use of media and technology in educational settings: the beloved teacher and the teaching machine.

Ideologies in Action

Language Politics on Corsica

Ideologies in Action

In Corsica, spelling contests, road signs, bilingual education bills and Corsican language newscasts leave language planners and ordinary speakers deeply divided over how to define what "counts" as Corsican and how it is connected with cultural identity. In Ideologies in Action Alexandra Jaffe explores the complex interrelationship between linguistic ideologies and practices on the French island of Corsica. This detailed exploration of the ideological and political underpinnings of three decades of language planning raises fundamental questions about what it means to "save" a minority language, and the way in which specific cultural, political and ideological contexts shape the "successes" and "failures" of linguistic engineering efforts. Jaffe's ethnography focuses both on the way dominant language ideologies are inscribed in the everyday experience of ordinary people, as well as how they shape the evolving strategies of language planners trying to revitalize the Corsican language. While Jaffe's analysis demonstrates the pervasive influence of dominant language ideologies on minority language speakers and language planners, she also draws on case studies from everyday discourse, educational practice and public and mediatized debates over language issues to develop an ethnographically-grounded perspective on levels of resistance. In the final part of the book she explores the emergence (and the limits) of "radical" genres of resistance found in forms of Corsican language activism and in examples of codeswitching and language mixing in bilingual radio practice. This book contributes to a growing literature on language ideology, and will be of interest to anthropologists, political scientists and linguists interested in the practical and theoretical dimensions of language contact, minority language literacy, bilingual education, and language shift.

French For Dummies, Enhanced Edition

French For Dummies, Enhanced Edition

The fast, informal way to learn to speak French - withintegrated audio clips throughout. Listento pronunciations and conversations. French is a beautiful language but quite difficult to learn.Whether you need to learn the language for a French class, or youtravel overseas for business or leisure, this enhanced edition ofFrench for Dummies can help. Written in an easy-to-followformat, with integrated audio clips, it gives you just whatyou need for basic communication in French. The enhanced editionincludes: Expanded coverage of necessary grammar, vocabulary, andpronunciations Useful exercises, practice questions, and amini-dictionary Business, an upcoming class, travel – whatever your reasonfor wanting to learn a new language but don't have time to take aclass, this enhanced edition of French For Dummies can get you wellon your way to becoming fluent in no time!