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A Short Course in Reading French

A Short Course in Reading French
 

Designed to help readers develop efficient skills for translating French in a short amount of time, this textbook teaches the basics of French grammar, reinforcing its lessons with exercises and key practice translations. A systematic guide, this book is a critical companion for ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780231156776
Barcode 9780231156776
Published 15 November 2012 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Language French (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Brickman, Celia
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ISBN-13 9780231156776
ISBN-10 0231156774
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint Columbia University Press
Publication Date 15 November 2012
International Publication Date 4 December 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language French
Translated from English
Author(s) By Brickman, Celia
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Reading Skills
French
Number of Pages 264
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 254mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 468g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress French language - English, French language
NBS Text Language Studies (other than ELT)
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 448.4
Catalogue Code 303612

Description of this Book

Designed to help readers develop efficient skills for translating French in a short amount of time, this textbook teaches the basics of French grammar, reinforcing its lessons with exercises and key practice translations. A systematic guide, this book is a critical companion for university-level students learning to read and translate written French into English; for graduate scholars learning to do research in French or prepping for proficiency exams; and for any interested readers who want to improve their facility with the French language. In addition, A Short Course in Reading French exposes readers to a broad range of French texts from the humanities and social sciences, including writings by distinguished francophone authors from around the world. The book begins with French pronunciation and cognates and moves through nouns, articles, and prepositions; verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; a graduated presentation of all the indicative and subjunctive tenses; object, relative, and other pronouns; the passive voice; common idiomatic constructions; and other fundamental building blocks of the French language. Chapters contain translation passages from such authors as Pascal, Montesquieu, Proust, Sartre, Bourdieu, Senghor, Cesaire, de Certeau, de Beauvoir, Barthes, and Kristeva. Drawn from more than two decades of experience teaching French to students from academic and nonacademic backgrounds, Celia Brickman's clear, accessible, and time-tested format enables even beginners to develop a sophisticated grasp of the language and become adept readers of French.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The perfect companion for the student or scholar wishing to develop reading skills in French. Not only does this book provide clear, concise explanations but it also offers a wide range of carefully designed and relevant tasks based on short phrases, more complex sentences, and authentic reading passages. These carefully selected texts also cover a breadth of subjects, eras, and styles of interest. For teachers, this book represents a considerable time saver, since it presents a collection of activities and texts that can be fully exploited in class or assigned as homework. -- David Tual, Durham University This is a refreshing and intelligent book for learning to read and translate French. Although meant for academics, it is really for anyone who wants to experience great French texts in the original. All along the way, Celia Brickman provides a sensible and extremely helpful presentation and explication of French grammar. Then she rewards the reader with excerpts from a wide variety of French writers, helping to understand them. Before you know it, you're reading the likes of Sartre, Camus, and Kristeva-in French! -- Francoise Meltzer, Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor Chair in the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Chicago A simple but scholarly introduction to French, this book fosters learning basic structures necessary to understand written French in no time. What is more, it offers an excellent foundation for those who wish to go beyond the basics and develop skills in oral understanding and speaking French. The ideal resource for those seeking access to written French. -- Jean-Michel Robert, Maitre de conferences en linguistique, Universite d'Amiens There are a number of other options for students looking for a reading knowledge of French, but none are as user-friendly and intelligent as A Short Course in Reading French . . . [S]tudents and teachers alike will find much to like in this fresh and affordable textbook. * The French Review *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

A native of Montreal, Celia Brickman earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and is the director of the Hyde Park Language Program, where she has been teaching French to graduate students and others for more than twenty years.

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