En avant! Beginning French (Student Edition) by Bruce AndersonEn avant! Beginning French (Student Edition) by Bruce Anderson

En avant! Beginning French (Student Edition)

byBruce Anderson, Annabelle Dolidon

Hardcover | February 17, 2015

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Students learn best when they are connecting- with authentic culture, with each other as a community, and with the language as used in real-world settings. En avant! sparks the curiosity that builds these connections as students drive toward communicative and cultural confidence and proficiency in the introductory classroom.

The En avant! program is built around the following distinctive principles:

  • Focused approach: En avant! concentrates on what introductory French students can be reasonably expected to learn, allowing for sustained engagement with the material that respects the natural process of language acquisition. A reduced grammar scope leaves more time for the systematic review and recycling of vocabulary and grammar required for students to achieve mastery of first-year skills. Grammar topics that were deemed of secondary importance by our many reviewers are presented in the Par la suite section at the end of the book to allow maximum flexibility for those instructors who wish to extend their coverage of the grammar. Fortifying the acquisition process at every turn is LearnSmart™, evolutionary adaptive technology that builds a learning experience unique to each student’s individual needs. Through LearnSmart, students engage in targeted vocabulary and grammar practice so they are prepared to come to class ready to communicate.

  • Active learning: En avant! gives students the opportunity to explore language and culture through interactive activities that keep them focused and engaged. Vocabulary and grammar in En avant! is taught using an active learning approach, nudging students to discover new vocabulary and language rules through a carefully balanced mix of inductive and explicit presentations and hands-on learning in the Communication en direct video section that begins each chapter, as well as in the Vocabulaire interactif and Grammaire interactive presentations.

  • Integration of culture: Building on the active learning theme, students develop and apply critical-thinking skills in their analysis of the cultural trends and cultural products that are richly presented in En avant! The Communication en direct videos allow students to not only hear the language but to observe how the language is spoken in a cultural context. Vocabulary and grammar are often presented or practiced within a cultural context, and throughout each chapter, students are encouraged to make cross-cultural comparisons by responding to the thought-provoking questions such as those posed in the new Et chez vous? feature that accompanies the Chez les Français and Chez les Francophones texts. The culminating section of the chapter Culture en direct presents culture at the discourse level through cultural video presentations, authentic texts, feature-film clips, and songs, all related to the chapter theme. The stunning Salut de… video segments, shot in Paris, Montréal, Louisiana, Tunisia, and Tahiti, also provide windows into the diverse cultures of the Francophone world.

  • Mobile Tools for Digital Success: Connect French, McGraw-Hill’s digital teaching and learning environment, is now mobile enabled for tablets, allowing students to engage in their course material via the devices they use every day. The digital tools available in the Connect French platform facilitate student progress by providing extensive opportunities to practice and hone their developing skills. These learning opportunities include online communicative activities, instant feedback, peer-editing writing tools, sophisticated reporting, and a complete e-book with embedded audio, video, and grammar tutorials. Connect is the only integrated learning system that empowers students by continuously adapting to deliver precisely what they need, when they need it, and how they need it, so that your class time is more engaging and effective.

*Connect French, including but not limited to the workbook/lab manual, LearnSmart, the video program, and chat tools, is sold separately and does not come automatically with the purchase of the textbook.
Title:En avant! Beginning French (Student Edition)Format:HardcoverDimensions:11.1 × 8.5 × 1.1 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapitre 1 Pour commencer

Communication en direct

Greeting people

Asking someone his or her name

Asking people how they are

Saying good-bye

Vocabulaire intéractif

The French alphabet

Numbers from 0 to 69

Month of the year and days of the week

Grammaire interactive

Singular indefinite articles un and une and the gender of nouns

Plural nouns and the plural indefinite article des

Subject pronouns and the verb être

Use of the definite articles le, la, l', and les


Par la suite

More about gender

More about number

Chapitre 2 Comment sont-elles?

Communication en direct

Asking someone's age

Finding out where someone is from

Finding out someone's nationality

Vocabulaire intéractif

Describing someone's personality and appearance

Grammaire interactive

The verb avoir and common expressions using avoir

Basic negation with ne. pas and ne. jamais

Forms of adjectives

Asking yes/no questions with intonation and est-ce que


Par la suite

Additional expressions with avoir

Additional irregular adjective forms

Chapitre 3 Qu'est-ce que tu aimes faire?

Communication en direct

Asking and telling time

Asking when events occur

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about daily activities

Grammaire interactive

Regular -er verbs

The verb faire and expressions with faire

Information questions with est-ce que and inversion

Position of adjectives


Par la suite

Additional spelling changes

Inversion with nouns

Negation in questions with inversion

Adjectives appearing before and after the noun

Chapitre 4 En famille

Communication en direct

Meeting people and finding out what they do for a living

Finding out what people like to do in their free time

Vocabulaire intéractif

Family members and pets

Grammaire interactive

Noun gender and number

Possessive articles

The verbs être, avoir, and faire

The verbs aller and (re)venir

The form and use of definite articles

Articles and prepositions with geographical locations

The use of present-tense forms of -er verbs

Situation events in the recent past and near future


Par la suite

Prepositions used with additional geographical locations

Additional temporal expressions

Chapitre 5 Bon appétit!

Communication en direct

Extending, accepting, and politely declining invitations

Ordering in a café

Vocabulaire intéractif

Food stores and food items

Grammaire interactive

The partitive article and expressions of quantity

The verbs boire and prendre

Regular -re verbs

Other negative expressions and the restrictor ne. que


Par la suite

Use of ne. personne and ne. rien with prepositions

Ne. ni. ni.

Chapitre 6 On est à la mode!

Communication en direct

Asking someone's opinion

Asking about someone's preferences

Vocabulaire intéractif

Describing people's clothing and accessories

Grammaire interactive

The demonstrative articles ce, cet, cette, ces

Verbs in -ir like dormir

The interrogative quel(le)(s)

Verbs in -ir like finir


Par la suite

Demonstrative pronouns celui, celle, ceux, celles

Interrogative pronouns lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles

Chapitre 7 Le week-end dernier

Communication en direct

Asking how long and since when

Narrating a series of past events

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about entertainment and cultural events

Grammaire interactive

The verbs vouloir, pouvoir, devoir, and savoir

The indefinite pronouns quelqu'un, quelque chose, and quelque part

Talking about past activities using the passé composé

The use of être as auxiliary in the passé composé


Par la suite

Additional meanings and uses of devoir

Use of both avoir and être as auxiliary

Chapitre 8 L'image de soi

Communication en direct

Asking for advice and recommendations

Asking about someone's daily routine

Vocabulaire intéractif

Parts of the body

Grammaire interactive

Regular verb groups and irregular verbs

Talking about daily routines using pronominal verbs

The interrogatives qu'est-ce que and quel(le)(s)

Additional forms for asking questions

Use and forms of the passé composé

Using pronominal verbs in the passé composé


Par la suite

Use of pronominal verbs as passive constructions

Chapitre 9 Chez nous

Communication en direct

Describing what you liked to do in the past

Describing someone or something in the past

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about one's residence

Grammaire interactive

The comparative and superlative of adjectives

Using the imparfait to express habitual actions in the past

Using the imparfait to express ongoing actions and situations in the past

Use of the passé composé versus the imparfait


Par la suite

Other uses of stressed pronouns

Use of stressed pronouns with -même(s)

The pluperfect

Chapitre 10 Ça se fête!

Communication en direct

Wishing people well on holidays and on special occasions

Asking for an explanation

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about holidays and other celebrations

Grammaire interactive

The verbs croire and recevoir; subordinate clauses

Relative clauses with qui, que, and où

Giving commands using the imperative

Synthesis of uses and forms of adverbs


Par la suite

Relative clauses with dont

The use of ce que, ce qui, and ce dont

Chapitre 11 Trouver son chemin

Communication en direct

Talking about future plans

Finding out if people like what they do

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about life's major milestones

Grammaire interactive

The verbs lire, dire, and écrire

Impersonal use of il

Use of futur simple

Irregular stems in the futur simple


Par la suite

Spelling changes in future-tense stems

The future perfect

Chapitre 12 En ville

Communication en direct

Asking for and giving directions

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about city living

Grammaire interactive

The verbs savoir and croire

The verbs connaître and reconnaître

The comparative and superlative of adjectives

The comparative and superlative of adverbs and nouns

Object pronouns

Synthesis of uses and forms of object pronouns

Pronominal verbs in the passé composé

Use of object pronouns in the passé composé


Par la suite

Use of multiple object pronouns

Chapitre 13 Bonnes vacances!

Communication en direct

Talking about a hypothetical situation

More hypothetical situations

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about vacations and travel

Grammaire interactive

Indicating movement with verbs such as conduire

The conditional mood

Object pronouns with the imperative


Par la suite

Other verbs ending in -uire

The past conditional

Use of multiple object pronouns

Chapitre 14 Ici, on parle français!

Communication en direct

Asking someone's opinion about what's essential or important

Expanding on an opinion by explaining why

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about a country's history and language(s)

Grammaire interactive

Linking verbs to an infinitive with à or de

Specifying groups of people and things using tout/tous/toute(s) and other quantifiers

Saying what one should do using the present subjunctive


Par la suite

Quantifiers used as pronouns

Spelling changes in subjunctive stems

Chapitre 15 Engagez-vous!

Communication en direct

Expressing one's level of interest in a topic

Expressing one's emotional reaction to a topic

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about France's social and environmental issues

Grammaire interactive

Indicating uncertainty by using the present subjunctive

Saying what one wishes using the present subjunctive

Use of an infinitive versus the subjunctive


Par la suite

The verbs penser, croire, and (se) douter

Additional subjunctive forms (vouloir, pleuvoir, falloir, and valoir)

Avant de and avant que

Après que and the present indicative; après and the past infinitive

Chapitre 16 Une célébration des arts

Communication en direct

Seeking someone's input

Taking leave of people and wishing them well

Vocabulaire intéractif

Talking about the arts

Grammaire interactive

Regular and irregular verbs in the present tense

Question formation

Subject and object pronouns

Past-tense forms


Par la suite

Use of en + present participle