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From the Publisher"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]."