Motifs: An Introduction to French

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Cengage Learning, Jan 4, 2010 - Foreign Language Study - 544 pages
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With its lively, personalized interaction closely tied to relevant cultural themes and structures, Kimberly Jansma and Margaret Ann Kassen’s MOTIFS: AN INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH, has evolved into a standard-setting text for first-year French courses. MOTIFS immerses students in the world of French language and culture and encourages them to become active participants in learning. The text’s lively, up-to-date content and presentation blend seamlessly to engage the interest of contemporary college students. MOTIFS provides the structures, vocabulary, communication strategies, and cultural background that allow students to think critically about different points of view, to share about themselves, and to learn about others.
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Kimberly Jansma directs the French Language Program at The University of California at Los Angeles, where she supervises teaching instructors and teaches language, culture, and linguistics courses. She has published pedagogical texts and multimedia materials and presents her research at major conferences. Dr. Jansma's areas of interest include hybrid language instruction, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Margaret Ann Kassen, who received her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. She teaches undergraduate French and applied linguistics courses and works with graduate and undergraduate teacher preparation. Her research interests include foreign language writing, performance assessment, technology-enhanced language learning, and instructor development. In addition to presenting at conferences, Dr. Kassen has published articles on technology and writing and edited a volume on developing self-direction in foreign language learners.

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