French in Action: A Beginning Course in Language and Culture: The Capretz Method, outlet sale Part 1 (English and French 2021 Edition) outlet sale

French in Action: A Beginning Course in Language and Culture: The Capretz Method, outlet sale Part 1 (English and French 2021 Edition) outlet sale

French in Action: A Beginning Course in Language and Culture: The Capretz Method, outlet sale Part 1 (English and French 2021 Edition) outlet sale
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Since it was first published, French in Action: A Beginning Course in Language and Culture―The Capretz Method has been widely recognized in the field as a model for video-based foreign-language instructional materials. The third edition has been revised by Pierre Capretz and Barry Lydgate and includes new, contemporary illustrations throughout and more-relevant information for today''s students in the Documents sections of each lesson. A completely new feature is a journal by the popular character Marie-Laure, who observes and humorously comments on the political, cultural, and technological changes in the world between 1985 and today. The new edition also incorporates more content about the entire Francophone world. In use by hundreds of colleges, universities, and high schools, French in Action remains a powerful educational resource, and the third edition updates the course for a new generation of learners.

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"Unique in its magnitude, versatility, and state-of-the-art method. . . . A real breakthrough."—Antoinette Shewmake, French Review

"The closest thing to a total immersion in language and culture short of a trip to France. . . . Capretz and his colleagues have set a new standard for foreign language teaching materials."—Roger Neff, Modern Language Journal



"[A]n entirely new feature is the journal maintained by the ever-popular character of Marie-Laure. . . . It is exactly this aspect of the third edition that will keep students interested in using French in Action. . . . I also like the fact that the latest edition of French in Action incorporates much more material on the entire Francophone world. . . . [T]he third edition comes complete with concise grammar explanations that support the grammar exercises in addition to thirty pages of conjugaison des verbes types."—Eileen M. Angelini, The NECTFL Review

"I have been an unconditional proponent of French in Action for 14 years and continue to use it with great success. Why? Because French in Action is the only text that allows French to be taught without using English. The pedagogical sections of the videos—and not the English language—serve as the reference point for the text. Where events have overtaken the movie (i.e., the euro, the Internet, le téléphone portable, etc.), it is easy for a professor to continue to use the videos and all the mise en oeuvre questions with minor updates."—Jeffrey H. Fox, College of DuPage

About the Author

Pierre Capretz is the creator of French in Action and a pioneer in video-based foreign-language instruction. He taught French at Yale University from 1956 to 2003 and was director of the Yale Language Laboratory from 1963 to 2000. Barry Lydgate is professor of French at Wellesley College.

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Daniel Isaiah
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Save your money - get the second edition instead
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2018
French in Action is a great series if you get the DVDs (or stream online), textbook, workbook, audio CDs, and study guide. This is only the textbook, which is the third edition (the current version). This new edition has many color photographs instead of the black-and-white... See more
French in Action is a great series if you get the DVDs (or stream online), textbook, workbook, audio CDs, and study guide. This is only the textbook, which is the third edition (the current version). This new edition has many color photographs instead of the black-and-white of the second edition, and the paper is brighter (although perhaps a little flimsier).

Nothing of value seems to have been taken out and there are many new helpful additions, but they aren''t groundbreaking or overly necessary. It''s more of a 1% improvement than anything noteworthy.

As the audio CDs did not receive an overhaul for the third edition (nor did the videos, of course), the textbook''s work sections are identical to the second edition.

Unless you absolutely must have the latest edition (which I can''t imagine why - unless you absolutely love color pictures), I would recommend buying the second edition used for a much lower price. The third edition has a more modern presentation, but the content is virtually the same.
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Luz M
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Great for beginners
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2020
Used this textbook along with the workbook and videos for my first year of learning French. Very different style than what I was used to when learning a new language but still effective. This method jumps right into French instead of slowly teaching the basics. Still... See more
Used this textbook along with the workbook and videos for my first year of learning French. Very different style than what I was used to when learning a new language but still effective. This method jumps right into French instead of slowly teaching the basics. Still managed to make great progress despite it being a little dated!
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Great book
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2018
Great college-level introduction to French. This part 1 is the equivalent to the first year of college French. If you already know a little French, this is a great book.
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paid for new books and these are damages, dented, and smudged.
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2021
paid for new books and these are damages, dented, and smudged.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2015
The product is as advertised and came on time with tracking
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PPilaka
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Best French learning book!
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2014
Bonjour! This is a very good book and very useful when accompanied by its workbook and dvds. I took French beginner''s course at UC Berkeley Extension and they recommended this book. I was very happy with their recommendation. There are tons of french... See more
Bonjour! This is a very good book and very useful when accompanied by its workbook and dvds.

I took French beginner''s course at UC Berkeley Extension and they recommended this book. I was very happy with their recommendation.
There are tons of french teaching coursed and books out there in the market. Choosing the right book with a combination material is the right way to start. Do not get confused with so many authors and editions. Just stick to one and buy the accompanying dvds, workbook and voila! you are all set.

Self-learning is a bit difficult, I suggest joining a good institute and follow their process to learn. French is a difficult language to learn and to hone the skills esp. in speaking. The pronunciation is really what that matters when learning French. So go for it and Bonne chance!
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The Very Worst!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 11, 2018
Absolutely dreadful! I can''t believe I fell for this and paid over 35 quid for it. It''s so wooden, so old-fashioned, like something from the 1950s audio-visual repetitiveness in terms of teaching style. They really shouldn''t be selling language learning materials this old...See more
Absolutely dreadful! I can''t believe I fell for this and paid over 35 quid for it. It''s so wooden, so old-fashioned, like something from the 1950s audio-visual repetitiveness in terms of teaching style. They really shouldn''t be selling language learning materials this old in 2018!
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Received on time in excellent condition.
Reviewed in Canada on March 22, 2021
As expected, but I found out later that I would have got the textbook from my school as part of my tuition. Wont make that mistake again.
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