Practising French Grammar (Hodder Arnold Publication) (French) Paperback – 26 Mar 2010
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A book that takes the burden off the teacher's shoulders ... a remarkably varied suite of exercises
Malcolm Offord, French Studies (about the 1st edition)
About the Author
Roger Hawkins is Professor of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. Richard Towell is Professor of French Applied Linguistics at the University of Salford and a past President of the Association of French Language Studies. Marie-NoÃ«lle Lamy is Professor of Distance Language Learning at the Open University.
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The very first exercise, for example, is about learning to recognise different types of nouns. This is a pretty basic concept. The grammatical principles are explained clearly enough in the accompanying reference volume 'French Grammar and Usage'. When it comes to the exercise, however, the reader is confronted with a long, complex passage from a newspaper that a beginner has no chance at understanding, and which makes the task frustrating and pointless. This initial exercise tests knowledge of not just noun types, but advanced vocabulary and syntax. Talk about asking someone to run before they can walk!
This wouldn't be a problem if the book was called 'Practising French Grammar for Intermediate and Advanced Students', or something similar, or if there was at least an indication on the back cover about the suitable level. But there isn't, which is very misleading. They really need to think about how they market this book.