An interactive, proficiency-oriented approach to the teaching of the French language and culture.

Award-winning short films bring language and culture to life

Compelling short films, Court Métrage, let students see and hear French in its authentic contexts. Films are thematically linked to the lessons.

  • Scènes: Video stills with captions prepare students for the film and introduce some of the expressions they will encounter.
  • Note Culturelle: These sidebars with cultural information related to the Court Métrage help students understand the cultural context and background surrounding the film.
  • Préparation: Pre-viewing activities set the stage for the film by providing vocabulary support, background information, and opportunities to anticipate the film content.
  • Analyse: Post-viewing activities check comprehension and allow students to explore broader themes from the film in relation to their own lives.
Scènes and Préparation

Students Become Immersed in the Featured Country or Region

Readings, video clips, and profiles of important artistic figures draw students’ attention to culturally significant products, practices, and perspectives of the country or region.

  • Imaginez Readings: Each cultural reading includes lexical variations of terms and expressions specific to the country or region of focus. The Qu’avez-vous appris? post-reading activities check comprehension of the readings and lead students to further exploration.
  • Le Zapping: Each lesson features an authentic video clip in French, such as a commercial or public service announcement, and is supported by background information, video stills, and activities.
  • Galerie de créateurs: Profiles with dramatic images and brief descriptions provide a synopsis of the featured person’s life and cultural importance. Colorful photos depict the person’s portrait and showcase their creations.
  • Audio Sync Technology: On the Supersite, in the main Imaginez readings, the Décourvrons… section, and the Galerie de créateurs readings, the text is highlighted as it is being read.

Contextualized Grammar and Meaningful Practice for Today’s French Classes

Key intermediate grammar topics feature detailed visual support and plenty of open-ended practice activities.

Scènes and Préparation
  • Integration of Court Métrage: Photos with quotes or captions from the lesson’s short film show the new grammar structures in meaningful contexts. The charts and diagrams are colorful, easy to understand, and highlight key grammar structures and related vocabulary.
  • Structures: Grammar explanations are written in clear, uncomplicated language for reference both in and out of class.
    • The Attention! sidebars expand on the current grammar point and call attention to possible sources of confusion.
    • Bloc-notes sidebars reference relevant grammar points actively presented previously.
  • Mise en pratique: Discrete activities support your students as they begin working with the grammar structures, helping them master the forms they need for personalized communication.
  • Communication: Open-ended, communicative activities help students internalize the grammar point in a range of contexts involving pair and group work.
    • The Note Culturelle sidebars explain cultural references embedded in activities and expand the cultural content of each lesson.
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Culture and Literature for the 21st Century Classroom

Imaginez features dynamic cultural readings and literature from French writers, for an authentic cross-cultural experience.

  • Culture: Brief, comprehensible readings present additional cultural information related to the lesson theme. These readings are carefully laid out with line numbers, marginal glosses, and box features to help make each piece easy to navigate. Dynamic photos illustrate the readings.
  • Littérature: Comprehensible and compelling, these readings present new avenues for using the lesson’s grammar and vocabulary. Each reading is presented in the attention-grabbing visual style you would expect from a magazine, along with glosses of unfamiliar words.
  • Preparation and Analyse: Vocabulary presentation and practice and pre-reading discussion activities prepare students for the readings, while post-reading activities check for understanding and guide students in discussing the topic of the reading, expressing their opinion, and exploring how the topic relates to their own experiences.