Jay H. Siskin,
Cabrillo College Ann Williams-Gascon,
Metropolitan State College of Denver Thomas T. Field,
University of Maryland, Baltimore
ISBN: 0072897546 Copyright year: 2002
An innovative new film-based program designed to motivate and inspire beginning
Le Chemin du retour and Débuts
The film, Le Chemin du retour, and its accompanying textbook, Débuts, are a completely integrated film-based introductory course for learning French language and culture. Centered around a young French journalist who is investigating her grandfather's hidden past, Le Chemin du retour is a two-hour, feature-length film that drives students' understanding of language and develops cultural awareness. As a complement to the film, the textbook, Débuts, reinforces the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced by the film's narrative.
With Le Chemin du retour and Débuts, students will learn the basics of French in the functional context provided by the film. The program offers instructors a systematic and easy way to incorporate the film in class, with on-screen pre- and post-viewing activities. Le Chemin du retour and Débuts program is filled with drama, culturally authentic language and locations, and historical footage. As students travel with the central character, Camille Leclair, they learn about authentic French characters, situations, and Francophone cultures.