Formidable French: False Cognates In French And English by Mounir ElazamiFormidable French: False Cognates In French And English by Mounir Elazami

Formidable French: False Cognates In French And English

byMounir Elazami, Mohammad Hashemi

Paperback | January 3, 2010

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This handbook will address the common semantic mistakes among Anglophone learners of French as a Second Language. These “mistakes” are called false cognates–words that look alike in both languages but have very different meanings.


Formidable French consists of 50 of the most commonly mistaken false cognates in French and provides English equivalents for both items in each pair. Translations, detailed explanations and examples for each pair are followed by term reinforcement exercises. At the end of each chapter, diverse review exercises (multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, matching and crossword puzzles) enforce the learning of the material.

Mounir Elazami, B.A., M.A., is a journalist and professor of French as a second language. He studied at Sorbonne University in Paris and L’institut français de presse. He has also acted as communications advisor for several corporations across the globe. He currently teaches French at Algonquin College in Ottawa, where he prepares Ang...
Title:Formidable French: False Cognates In French And EnglishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:January 3, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0138007829

ISBN - 13:9780138007829

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Table of Contents

About the Authors


List of Abbreviations

Diagnostic Test

Chapter 1 Masculine Nouns

Chapter 2 Feminine Nouns

Chapter 3 Troublesome Verbs

Chapter 4 Adjectives and Adverbs

Final Vocabulary Review


Answer Key

Selected Bibliography


Editorial Reviews

Good organization.  I like that the nouns are divided by gender, since this subtly addresses another frequent problem: our students’ habitual disregard of the importance of gender. -Iris Black, Dalhousie University   All the proposed chapters are written in a clear, engaging and balanced manner- not too easy, nor too complicated. I like the fact that explanations are short and conveyed in an easy and direct way. Above all, it answers questions that every FSL Teacher is faced with in written essays. - Obed Nkunzimana, University of New Brunswick   I find the idea of a diagnostic test really useful and relevant…I find the pedagogical aim of this book very relevant and very promising…I really find the idea of this project interessant and, to my knowledge, there's no other book focused on this problem. - Professor, Concordia University   It’s a very good book in the content, the layout and the pedagogy. It is easy to understand and very useful for students of any level. I like this book! I can tell it was written by authors who are truly bilingual, have years of experience teaching at all levels, people who love and know very well French language, people who love teaching and know the Anglophone students’ problems and needs. - Nadine de Moras, Brescia University College, UWO