Ouvertures 4E
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Ouvertures uses culture as the organizing principle to its communicative approach in the teaching of speaking, reading, listening, and writing. It offers content-based instruction where a cultural theme serves as a unifying element within each chapter. It also promotes a contrastive approach to culutre that encourages (self-)exploration rather than judgments. And, finally, Ouvertures seeks to provide a manageable amount of material while paying throrough and appropriately distributed attention to all five skills.


H. Jay Siskin (Ph.D., Cornell University) is Director of the Language Lab at Cabrillo College. He has published extensively in language pedagogy, with research interests in the culture of the foreign language classroom, methodology and technology.

Thomas T. Field (Ph.D., Cornell University) is Director of he Center for the Humanities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He writes and speaks on French and Occitan, language in society, multimedia computing, and the teaching of culture.

Julie A. Storme (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Associate Professor of French at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Her areas of specialization include content-based instruction, reading skills, and cross-cultural diversity.


Chapitre 1. Au seuil de la culture : L’enfant et la famille.

Chapitre 2. Passage vers la communication : Perspectives interculturelles.

Chapitre 3. Accès à la formation de l’esprit : L’enseignement.

Chapitre 4. Perspectives sur l’exil : L’immigration et l’assimilation.

Chapitre 5. Révélations audiovisuelles : Les médias.

Chapitre 6. Comment peut-on être français ? : Source culturelles de l’identité.

Chapitre 7. Regards sur la société : La diversité culturelle de la France.

Chapitre 8. Le Travail et les loisirs : Entrées dans le monde du travail.

Chapitre 9. Perspectives sur le passé : L’histoire et la memoire.

Chapitre 10. L’avenir de la France dans l’Europe : Frontières ouvertes.

Répertoire géographique.

Verb Appendix.