|I created "Tout un monde" to provide an affordable alternative to purchasing a stand-alone textbook for fourth semester French students. I specifically wanted to create a work that emphasizes the ACTFL standards of Cultures, Comparisons, and Connections to other disciplines. The book includes three chapters; each chapter includes a review of previously studied content plus expanded vocabulary and new grammatical structures. The final product is available as a downloadable PDF or can be purchased in print form for less than $20.|
Chapter 1 vocabulary focuses on careers, health, medicine, and the human body. Students use this vocabulary in a variety of activities including exercises where they recommend specialists for patients with certain symptoms, diagnose common illnesses, select treatments provided by a beauty salon, and compare ideals for feminine beauty during the Renaissance to their own concept of feminine beauty today. In addition to reviewing regular -ir verbs and object pronouns, Chapter 1 introduces the futur simple, which students use future technologies and personal plans for the future.
Chapter 2 vocabulary focuses on products traditionally produced in French-speaking countries, including perfume, wine and maple syrup, as well as on climate, weather, packaging, and advertising. Students use this vocabulary to analyze perfume notes, discuss the effect of global warming on wines, compare American and French packaging, and write a weather report. The chapter reviews regular -er verbs and introduces one new verb group. It also reviews the pronouns y and en and introduces the present conditional.
Chapter 3 vocabulary focuses on marriage and relationships, emotions, means of transportation, travel, tourism, and recreational activities. Students use this vocabulary to discuss emotional reactions to family events, arrange the various steps involved in a traditional French wedding in chronological order, recommend various means of transportation for guests attending a wedding, discuss feelings about events and situations that occur during a plane ride, and differentiate between real and fictional trips made by historical and literary explorers. Chapter 3 reviews regular -re verbs, presents two new verb groups, and introduces the present subjunctive. Finally, it presents the use of object pronouns with the imperative.
The glossary at the end of the textbook includes color coding to assist students with pronunciation: silent letters are grayed out, while nasal vowels are in red.