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Developing Writing Skills in French


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Chapter 1 Le bonheur

understanding the terms `noun', `adjective' and `pronoun' and using each one in a sentence

understanding sentence cohesion and the function of relative pronouns

using synonyms, antonyms and homonyms

Chapter 2 L'habitat

understanding the present, past and future tenses and their function in writing texts

altering the perspective of texts by changing verb tenses

understanding the function of adverbs and complements in a written passage

improving written passages by using appropriate adverbs

completing a story line by adding detail

manipulating the active and passive voices

improving a written text by adding adverbs and changing tenses

Chapter 3 L'expression artistique

producing sentences starting from their basic elements (noun + verb +...)

improving a written passage by using connectors (link words)

simplifing a written text

writing a text using elements gathered in note form

structuring a well-planned essay

Chapter 4 L'environnement en danger

manipulating register to adapt to different target audiences

using appropriate register for official correspondence

producing pastiches to explore different styles

Chapter 5 Quelques personnages historiques

writing a description of the career and ideology of a political figure

describing a day in the life of a political figure

analysing texts to distinguish between objective and subjective descriptive content

describing a political figure in both a positive and a negative manner

improving your style by redrafting your work

Chapter 6 Quelques edifices publics

identifying the nature and main themes of a text

finding shorter alternatives to expressions used in a text

summarizing texts and interviews

giving objective and subjective reactions to texts

changing register

arguing for and against a theme

Chapter 7 Nouveau depart

writing a short story on a contemporary theme by following specific steps

summarizing a short story in three sentences

checking your written work

redrafting and improving your work

Chapter 8 Science et technologie

analysing the features of a scientific biography

writing a fictional or factual text relating to the theme of science and technology

identifying the stylistic features of a text

correcting and improve a text

commenting on a passage

summarizing the factual content of a passage

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About the Author

Graham Bishop is Lecturer in French and German, and Bernard Haezewindt is Lecturer in French, both at the Open University, UK.


'Perhaps the greatest strength of this book lies in its attention to the development of transferable skills ... Given the importance attached in higher education to the development of transferable skills, this is a vital selling point.' -- The Times Higher Educational Supplement

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