Ouvertures is a comprehensive intermediate French program that uses culture as the organizing principle to its communicative approach in the teaching of speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Language is used as a tool to explore the cultures of the Francophone world and their products and perspectives are fully integrated throughout the text and ancillaries. In addition, communication is fostered through the presentation of vocabulary in context, functional language, and opportunities for personalization and role play. Readings, writing assignments, video segments, and online activities provide students with numerous opportunities for making connections among discipline areas.
About the Author:
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.