Analysis of French Culture Presented in Elementary College Texts: What do our Students Know after one Year?

By Elizabeth Combier.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Since French is still consistently included as an established option in foreign language programs in college campuses across the United States, an important question arises: what is presented as French culture to the novice student? How much cultural information is presented in textbooks for introductory courses of French? What do authors offer in order for students to attain an understanding of ‘la francophonie” worldwide? Also, which of the myriad of francophone countries are represented? This paper examines the amount and type of cultural content of five popular French textbooks in the attempt to analyze the current trend in current American textbook publishing for successfully incorporating culture into texts for first-year college students.

Keywords: French Culture, Pedagogical Tools, French Textbooks, Language in Context

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp.559-568. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.348MB).

Dr. Elizabeth Combier

Associate Professor, Language & Literature, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia, USA

Dr. Combier has a Masters of Art in French and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages. Her current interests include using theater as a key pedagogical tool in all level language classes and children's texts and comics to heighten interest in reading at the elementary levels. She directs plays in Spanish and French each year in order to afford her students the opportunity to practice speaking and performing in a foreign language; these plays also serve as community outreach and good public relations for her university and departmental programs. She has developed courses for Honors Spanish, Business Spanish, Medical Spanish and is currently working on Criminal Justice Spanish to address professional needs of her students.


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