Two French Language Teaching Reformers Reassessed-Claude Marcel and Francois Gouin

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Though one of his goals is to rescue Marcel from the relative shadow he has been relegated to, Roberts (German and applied linguistics, U. of Essex) discusses him only for about 20 pages before turning to the other 19th-century French educator. He explains that Gouin's system is more complex and difficult to follow, and that his writings are nearly inaccessible to most scholars. He includes tables summarizing Marcel's Universal and Rational system and Gouin's Series system, and a translation of excerpts from an 1880 book by Gouin. The text is double spaced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Marcel as an outspoken critic of the 'Classical Method' 1
Marcel's 'theory' 2
Marcel's general aims 3
Reading first? Ambiguous interpretations 5
The four branches of study 8
To what extent was Marcel an innovator? 13
The source of inspiration for the 'four skills' of the Audio-Lingual Method? 15
Other forward-looking looking views 16
How is Marcel's contribution to be assessed? 19
Gouin's book and its fortunes 23
Gouin's rationale 28
Formative experiences and the origins of the 'series' 32
The elaboration of the 'series' and the beginnings of a method 39
Gouin's 'linguistic theory' and his method 44
Some further details regarding 'series' and 'themes' 51
The teaching of 'figurative language' 64
Implementation of the method: analysis 65
Implementation of the method: synthesis 80
Summation and an attempt to answer two questions: 1. Did Gouin's method work? 121
Summation and an attempt to answer two questions: 2. And where did Gouin's concept of valency come from? 121
Epitaph 136
References 139
Appendix: (Swan and Betis translations of Gouin) 143
Index 169
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