Teaching French Grammar in Context
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  • Sep 17, 2007
    280 p., 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
    8 b/w illus.
    ISBN: 9780300109511
    ISBN-10: 0300109512
  • Paper: $48.00 tx

Teaching French Grammar in Context

Theory and Practice

  • Stacey L. Katz and Carl S. Blyth
"This text offers insights for teaching French grammar that are grounded in theory and research in applied linguistics. The sections on how mechanical drills in existing French textbooks may be modified will prove useful to instructors and TAs. An informative methodology text for French. A welcome addition to the profession!" -Wynne Wong, The Ohio State University

“Something needs to be done about grammar.”  Katz and Blyth have written this book with the hope of changing the way French instructors teach and conceive of grammar. Intended to help teachers and teacher trainers develop an understanding of French discourse that is grounded in recent theoretical and sociolinguistic research, this book is devoted to informing teachers-in-training, as well as experienced teachers, about cutting-edge methods for teaching grammar. It also describes the grammatical features of the French language in its social context. 

At the same time, it provides suggestions for applying such abstract knowledge in practical pedagogical ways, for example, how to structure grammatical explanations, devise classroom activities, and take advantage of resources that give students greater exposure to French as it is truly used in various discourse environments.


Stacey L. Katz is associate professor of French at the University of Utah. Carl S. Blyth is associate professor of French at the University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Texas Language Technology Center.