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TEXTBOOKS IN USE AT CASPER COLLEGE:

  • French 1010 (first semester):
    Contacts, 9th edition, Valette and Valette. ISBN 978-1-133-30958-1
  • French 1020 (second semester):
    Contacts, 9th edition, Valette and Valette. ISBN 978-1-133-30958-1
  • French 2030 (third semester):
    Contacts, 9th edition, Valette and Valette. ISBN 978-1-133-30958-1
  • French 2040 (fourth semester):
    See instructor.

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Image“Prof. Ewing does an excellent job at using creative ways to teach French. The hands-on activities, skits, story writing, and games make learning a foreign language fun.”
–a French 1010 student (Fall 2012)

“…a chance to not only learn basic French but learn the culture as well.”
–a French 1010 student (Fall 2012)

“Every day when I came to class I knew it would be engaging and fun. This makes me want to come to class and put forth effort.”
–a French 1010 student (Fall 2012)

“I enjoy coming to this class – usually look forward to it – and feel like I have learned a lot.”
–a French 2030 student (Fall 2012)

“I postponed graduation for a semester just to be able to take this class. Professor Ewing is an outstanding teacher and I have learned so much in his classes. I hope to continue the things I've learned on my own, and feel that I have been given the adequate skills to succeed on my own.”
–a French 2040 student (Spring 2013)

Image“This class is great for class discussion, applying the practical knowledge we have been learning every semester, and being self-motivated to study and learn outside of class with the wide variety of homework assignments.”
–a French 2040 student (Spring 2013)

“It was a very enjoyable class. Mr. Ewing made it fun to learn and never made us feel stupid for not understanding.”
–a French 1010 student (Spring 2012)

“The instuctor is very animated and always held our attention- the entire class was always involved!! It's amazing. I'm now very happy w/ this class and Highly Recommend any course w/ the instructor.”
–a French 1010 student (Spring 2012)

“Prof Ewing is very knowledgeable & engaging. Love the use of so many different games/ activities. Love the singing to begin each class. I feel like I know 1000% more French now from where I started.”
–a French 1010 student (Spring 2012)

“The Instructor was very patient. The nearly total immersion teaching style of this class was most effective. Enjoyed that the instructor included some linguistic history as well, and of course the singing was fun.”
–a French 1010 student (Spring 2012)

“Though this course was challenging, it was very enjoyable. The activities and exercises helped me learn the language in a very practical way. I enjoyed this class very much.”
–a French 1020 student (Spring 2012)

“This class was well organized and consistent. I was challenged by assignments, but never overwhelmed by them. I have enjoyed this class thoroughly and will be pursuing French as far as I am able.”
–a French 1010 student (Fall 2011)

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FUN FACTS:

  • France has the world’s 5th largest economy after the U.S., China, Japan, and Germany.
    (As measured by Gross Domestic Product, 2012 statistics from the International Monetary Fund.)
  • FrenchThere are 29 countries that use French as an official language: 5 in Europe, 21 in Africa, 2 in North America, and 1 in Oceania. In three additional countries (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) French is used extensively and spoken by a majority of the population, but does not have official status.
  • There are approximately 250 million French-speakers around the world.
  • French is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
  • French nouns (people, places, things, concepts) are all “gendered.” That is to say, they are all either masculine or feminine!
  • The city of Québec in Canada was founded in 1608, 12 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth! Québec is Canada’s 2nd largest French-speaking city after Montréal.
  • France receives more international travelers than any other country in the world (83 million visitors a year, which is more than the country’s population!)
  • France has three départements in the Americas: Martinique, Guadeloupe (islands in the Caribbean), and Guyane (on the South American continent, Guyane is the size of South Carolina, or about 1/3 the size of Wyoming). Like our “states,” French départements have their own capitals but send representatives to the central government in Paris and have the same currency, school system, and healthcare as all other départements. In this way, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guyane are much like Hawaii and Alaska for France!
  • 28.3% of English words come from French! (according to a computerised survey of about 80,000 words in the old Shorter Oxford Dictionary, 3rd ed., published in Ordered Profusion by Thomas Finkenstaedt and Dieter Wolff).
  • France is shaped like a hexagon.
  • The Eiffel Tower was built as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World’s Fair.
  • The Louvre in Paris is the world’s most visited museum and contains priceless works of art like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. It began its
    existence as a fortress about 900 years ago and visitors can still see the old castle ramparts in the museum’s basement.

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AUDIO ASSETS:Image

  • Dégéneration (by Mes Aieux)
    A song about things that have changed (and not changed ) throughout generations in Québec. The video chronicles the way Québec began as an agrarian society and transformed itself into a modern, industrial one. The effects and the memories of the way things used to be are strongly present.
  • Tends-moi la main (by Yeleen)
    Written by a popular band in Burkina Faso that discusses social problems in their music, this song is the story of a sick child whose parents didn’t have the means to take him to the hospital.
  • La Mer (by Charles Trénet)
    A classic French song about the sea that was later translated into English and entitled “Beyond the Sea.” When he first wrote La Mer in 1943, Trénet thought it was unoriginal and maudlin and tried to give it away to other singers.
  • L’Effet Papillon (by Benabar)
    Benabar is a French singer whose lyrics make satirical (and often cynical) comments on phenomena in daily life and politics.
  • Voilà le Soleil (by Pierpoljak)
    Pierpoljak is a French reggae singer who was born in Paris. This song was written in-between two extensive séjours in the Caribbean; the singer first spent time in Jamaica before several years living in Martinique.

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SAMPLE ACTIVITIES:

  1. Tu n’arriveras point à l’heure = Thou shalt not arrive on time
  2. Tu n’apporteras point de vin = Thou shalt not bring wine
  3. Tu diras toujours « Bonjour! » = Thou shalt always say « Bonjour ».
  4. Tu ne mangeras pas trop de l’entrée = Thou shalt not eat too much of the appetizer
  5. Tu ne resteras point silencieux = Thou shalt not stay silent
  6. La viande sera toujours saignante = The meat will always be rare to the point of bloody
  7. Tu n’apporteras point de fleurs blanches = Thou shalt not bring white flowers
  8. Tu ne recevras pas le tour de la maison= Thou shalt not receive a tour of the castle
  9. Tu ne mettras point ton pain sur l’assiette= Thou shalt not put thy bread on the plate
  10. Tu prendras ton temps ! = Thou shalt take thy time!

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