Panorama is one of my favourite text books for learning French (have been doing it on and off for about 8 years). The graphic design and layout of the book is really good - the colourful frames with grammar and vocabulary make learning enjoyable and really fun. This is a really modern text book with topics that young adults will really enjoy e.g problems with the opposite sex; trendy careers such as fashion designing; famous French heros and villains, both past and present. If you buy the cassettes too, you'll benefit from listening to the many dialogues and grammar exercises (some of which are not in the book), so I'd definitely recommend buying the cassettes too. I bought Panorama to complement my regular text book and it's really nice using it once or twice a week for a bit of variety and to avoid boredom with my main book.
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As a private tutor of French, I try to find the right books for the right students, and having several adult learners, I have yet to find a better method for them. The main reason for this is its choice of themes. Many French methods are targeted at young adults, for the obvious reason that, in the UK, this is by far the biggest market - and so you will tend to find books that have been heavily influenced by the needs of UK exam boards and contain lots of pictures of 16-year olds with discussions of the difficulties experienced at the lycée.
Panorama is aimed at the adult learner in a classroom situation, with topics in this book including dating other adults, finding work in another city and managing a business - but not done drily, nor to the exclusion of introductions to French culture.
I imagine one could use this as an independent student, but you'd definitely need to invest in the related exercise book and try and get hold of the audio tapes (no CDs!). But it's really for teachers working with students - and the teacher would also really need to get the teacher's book too.
I coached someone to sit and pass the DELF B1 with flying colours using this book. If anyone knows of a better French method for adults, I'd be interested in hearing about it, particularly as the latest edition of this is nearly 10 years old now and will begin to seem a bit dated before too long. In the meantime, I highly recommend for tutors and their adult students.
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A fun way to learn French25 Mar. 2015
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I am currently using this text in conjunction with a native french teacher. This text is an excellent review text for adult non-native french language learners who have some background with the French language basics. The situational exercises and colorful illustrations offer an opportunity for the learner, who with a good instructor, to learn the language quickly and have a solid knowledge of conversational French and the idiosyncrasies of the french language; such as idiomatic phrases. One must however, follow up with study and practice. I highly recommend this text for intermediate and advanced french language learners.