Ouvertures 4E Activities Manual
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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.