Taches d'encre: French Composition / Edition 2

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Using a process-writing approach, this third-year composition text helps students master writing skills and gain confidence as writers. The text is set up in a workbook format and is written entirely in French, except for the first chapter. Students broaden their repertoire of related speech acts, vocabulary, grammatical structures, and stylistic elements through three major sections. Each chapter features a model text—a literary piece, journalistic selection, or informal writing—that represents the Francophone world.

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"The model texts usually represent a big leap between what students have learned and read in second-year classes and what they are asked to read in the third year. But, the Comprehension du texte section is very helpful in leveling out the difficulties and really helps students focus better on what is essential for the understanding of the texts....The questions asked are excellent, since they raise the students' awareness of the specific functions of the various genres of written texts." The Mise en pratique section is "Well conceived, taking students step by step through the important vocabulary, structures and stylistic devices that they are learning to master....Reminds students of organizational skills for the writing process and of what remains to be done for a controlled, finished product."

"In particular, the chapter on explication de texte in A vous d'ecrire contains a very good authentic text, an excerpt from La Bruyere, and an excellent model of an analysis of it, after many pages devoted to a variety of exercises preparing an understanding of the passage in small segments. Another very good instance is an argumentative essay to which a guided reading is supplied, helping students see how the argumentative essay to which a guided reading is supplied, helping students see how the argument is made, where its turns or moves are, what its structure is, and so on....Taches d'encre includes exercises for using the newly introduced vocabulary, and this has great appeal....A vous d'ecrire shine in this aspect [emphasis on process writing] and in the next [guidance]....The model texts are very well chosen, providing interesting and absorbing reading....This is one of the most useful sections for most chapters. [Analyse structurelle]...This section is very strong, providing really useful lessons in style. [Analyse stylistique]...I like this category the best [La Stylistique]."

"I am very pleased with the organization and general content of the chapters. The grammar exercises are particularly well conceived....I like the leading questions in the sections 'Comprehension du texte,' 'Analyse structurelle,' and 'Analyse stylistique."...I like the vocabulary exercises in 'Les Actes de parole' and 'Vocabulaire'"...I find the grammar component ('La Stylistique') very well formulated in Taches d'encre with an emphasis on discrete rules that pose problems for advanced students."

"An analysis of the authentic passages is a very important part of the composition text, and Taches d'encre is very effective in addressing this element of the writing process. Students clearly need to be to be able to analyze others' writing in order to then analyze their own. Taches d'encre contains ample treatment of stylistic analysis, and this is a feature that is not included in either of the texts that I am using....The grammar in Taches d'encre is well selected and clearly presented and explained....Taches d'encre includes an in-depth stylistic analysis of selected passages (both literary and other), in addition to useful vocabulary pertaining to a particular theme. I also like the functional approach to different genres (such as essay, explication de texte, correspondence, etc.) The inclusion of journal writing, free-writing, and guidelines for writing are also very good....I like this feature: it prepares the students for the kind of writing that they will be looking at and discussing. I also like 'Reflexions,' found at the conclusion of the passage, which assists students in developing their critical thinking skills [Pour discuter]....I like very much the 'Analyse structurelle' because it gets to the very heart of what students need to be able to see in others' writing in order for them to improve their own writing....Very well done in the textbook and super important as far as helping students to develop their writing skill. Once again, it is important for students to be able to analyze and identify the stylistic features of others in order to then work on their own person writing style" [Analyse stylistique]....Very good feature; helpful for students when they will be doing actual composing. Contains vocabulary and expressions that they will need as they write [Les Actes de parole]."

"The chapter on Explic. de texte is outstanding. Our majors need more literary analysis writing like that chapter....Great beginning to each chapter. (I) like this section a lot [Pour discuter]....Useful, interesting vocabulary [Les Actes de parole]."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618230471
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/6/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Jay Siskin (Ph.D., Cornell) is Professor of French and Program Chair of World Languages at Cabrillo College. He is the author of five textbooks in French, as well as numerous articles and reviews that have appeared in such publications as THE FRENCH REVIEW, FOREIGN LANGUAGE ANNALS, and the PMLA. Prof. Siskin serves as chair of the Modern Language Association's Division on the Teaching of Language, a member of that association's Committee on Awards and Honors and its Delegate Assembly.

Cheryl L. Krueger is an associate professor at the University of Virginia. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (1992). Her areas of research are foreign language methodology, nineteenth-century literature, narrative theory, literature and film. She is also the coauthor of ENTRETIENS: COURS DE CONVERSATION, Second Edition (2001). She frequently teaches the composition course at University of Virginia.

Maryse Fauvel, College of Willliam and Mary, teaches advanced writing courses as well as twentieth-century French literature, women writers, French cinema, European cinema, literary theory, and introduction to French literature. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research areas include literature and the visual arts, cinema, contemporary women writers and filmmakers, Postmodernism, and post-colonial cultures.

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Table of Contents

Chapitre preliminaire. Vers la Composition Individual Writing Survey The Process of Writing Resources Chapitre 1. La description Texte: Jean-Marie Le Clezio, Desert Les Actes de parole. Pour parler des mouvements, des perceptions; Pour parler de la nature; Pour parler de ses impressions; Pour decrire: les couleurs La stylistique. La comparaison; La metaphore; Pour eviter les verbes plats Chapitre 2. Le Portrait Texte: Michel Tournier, Portrait de Nestor Les Actes de parole. Pour raconter des souvenirs; Pour decrire l'aspect physique; Pour renforcer le rapport entre l'aspect physique et le caractère; Pour decrire: la position des adjectifs La stylistique. Pour varier l'expression; Pour nuancer l'expression Chapitre 3. La Narration Texte: Simone de Beauvoir, La Prise de Conscience Les Actes de parole. Pour situer un evenement dans le temps; Pour exprimer un laps de temps; Pour parler des moments; Pour narrer chronologiquement; Pour narrer au passe; Discours direct et discours indirect La stylistique. Ellipse sujet/verbe; Pour rapporter le discours Chapitre 4. L'essai Texte: Albert Camus: La Contagion Les Actes de parole. Pour exposer un problème; Pour presenter une opinion personnelle; Pour donner des exemples; Pour exprimer la cause; Pour exprimer la consequence La stylistique. Pour mettre en relief; L'opposition Chapitre 5. La Dissertation Texte: Exemple de Dissertation du Niveau du Baccalaureat Les Actes de parole. Les transitions La stylistique. L'emploi adverbial du participe present; L'infinitif substantive Chapitre 6. Le Compte Rendu Texte: Si mon Laberge, Magie d'Afrique Les Actes de parole. Pour parler des livres; Pour parler de musique classique; Pour parler de musique populaire; Pour emettre un jugement sur une oeuvre artistique; Pour donner un jugement global La stylistique. La phrase nominale; L'infinitif comme sujet; Le participe passe pour eviter la voix passive Chapitre 7. L'explication de Texte Texte I: Guillaume Apollinaire, "Mai"; Texte II: Explication de Texte du Poème "Mai" Les Actes de parole. Pour analyser la poesie La stylistique. Pour varier le langage analytique Chapitre 8. La Correspondance Texte: Lettre de Demande d'Emploi Les Actes de parole. Pour designer l'expediteur et le destinataire; Pour saluer: les formules de politesse; Pour entrer en matière; Pour clore; Pour formuler l'adresse sur l'enveloppe; Pour s'identifier et se presenter: rediger un CV La stylistique. Conseils generaux Appendices Les temps litteraires Lexique français-anglais Credits

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