Thèmes is developed around three hallmark features.
Provocative discussion questions activate prior knowledge and get students thinking critically about the context; activities provide opportunities for student-driven vocabulary development.
Post-reading activities require students to demonstrate understanding through spoken and written interpersonal and presentational communication.
Students are provided with the opportunity to
Connect: Liens culturels address the theme of the context and demonstrate its cultural relevance to real-world product, practices, and perspectives. This section specifically prepares students for the Cultural Comparison Presentational Speaking portion of the exam.
Explore: Abbreviated Contextes offer opportunities for communication similar to the longer Contextes.
Synthesize: Each thème features a short film. The videos are available for streaming with teacher-controlled subtitles and captioning on the Supersite, along with Pre-, during-, and post-viewing activities.
Thème de la composition asks students to reflect on and answer the theme’s Essential Questions by writing and submitting essays on the Supersite.
And more—there are tons of reference tools in the appendices, such as grammar explanation and practice activities that review difficult structures.