DÉFI FRANCOPHONE

AN INTRODUCTORY LEVEL FRENCH PROGRAM DESIGNED
FOR NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

Teaching and learning French with DÉFI FRANCOPHONE is an exciting cultural and personal experience, a way to open students’s minds to the diverse world of French-speaking people and cultures.

A New French Program for Higher Education

 

DÉFI FRANCOPHONE’s innovative design follows a task-based, content-focused approach. Its main goal is to inspire students to build knowledge through explorative and expansive learning. The French classroom becomes a space where students develop 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.

Why DÉFI FRANCOPHONE?

It offers an original and modern program that places culture at the heart of language learning. The discovery of Francophone cultures and societies (cultural, multicultural realities, of everyday life...) sparks interest and spontaneously leads students to feel the need to acquire linguistic skills.

Grammar is treated in a progressive and inductive manner: the learner reflects on the grammar points covered in the documents (blogs, articles, infografics...) then co-constructs their grammatical competence. Vocabulary is also acquired through a thoughtful process. Students are encouraged to build their lexical repertoire with new words throughout the unit (Mon panier de lexique, words and useful expressions, frequent word combinations...).

Interculturality occupies an important place and students are led to react and interact based on their own identity and personal experience.

DÉFI FRANCOPHONE offers reading strategies that activate students’ prior knowledge of the world, of genres and types of texts, and their own linguistic knowledge. These strategies help them understand texts, work independently and develop their proficiency.

DÉFI FRANCOPHONE offers a methodological approach anchored by actions: micro-tasks throughout the lesson cycle prepare learners for the défis (tasks) at the end of each dossier.

DÉFI FRANCOPHONE offers an inclusive perspective on learning. Its approach makes it accessible to all and appeals to multiple intelligences (visual, verbal, interpersonal, intrapersonal...). Additionally, its diverse and stimulating representations of cultural realities embraces all the identities and communities in the Francophone world —and in the students’ world as well.

DÉFI FRANCOPHONE is suitable for the flipped classroom approach, allowing instructors to optimize class time. Students can prepare independently before the class session, reserving precious class time for communication and collaboration.

DÉFI FRANCOPHONE is a model of authentic, student-centered design. Students make decisions and complete task-based activities that are personally relevant and that encourage them to take an active role in their own learning.

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Annotated Instructor’s Edition

The Annotated Instructor’s Edition (AIE) of DÉFI FRANCOPHONE contains an abundance of annotations created to complement various teaching styles, save time in class preparation and course management, and provide additional ideas on how to extend some activities.

Our digital environment for DÉFI FRANCOPHONE

With ease of use and affordability in mind, Éditions Maison des Langues has chosen BlinkLearning, an educational technology company with more than 1.5 million users in over 40 countries, to power MyFrenchHub, where all digital content and resources for DÉFI FRANCOPHONE will be available.

It is designed with a clear purpose in mind: to improve teaching and learning experiences in higher education environments with engaging content and helpful, user-friendly tools. It offers easy access to a vast array of resources in different formats to help students better grasp and practice concepts, build their skills, develop cultural insights, and meet learning objectives.

It features the following components:

INTERACTIVE TEXTBOOK - a full HTML version of the textbook

INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES - an interactive version of a classic Student’s Activities Manual

ENRICHED eTEXT

DIGITAL AIE

GRAMMAR AND VERB TABLES

CAPSULE DE PHONÉTIQUE

ASSESSMENT MATERIALS

AUDIO TEXTS NARRATED BY NATIVE SPEAKERS

INTERACTIVE QUIZZES

AND MUCH MORE

Authors

Hedwige Meyer, M.A.

University of Washington

Lorenzo Giachetti, Ph.D.

University of Washington

Reviewers

LAURENCE ARRIGHI
Université de Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick

DALILA AYOUN
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

JOËL CASTONGUAY-BÉLANGER
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

MATHILDE BÉGU
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

MARIE-LINE BRUNET
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

AURÉLIE CHATTON
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan

TRACY HERANIC
Université Concordia, Montréal, Québec

ROB NAPIER
Fort Worth Country Day School / Alliance Française de Dallas, Texas

 

FABIEN OLIVRY
Université Concordia, Montréal, Québec

STÉPHANIE PALISSE
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

MARC OLIVIER REID
Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario

ANNE SCHAEFER
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

ANNE TAIEB
Tufts University, Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts

ELLEN THORINGTON
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

BÉATRICE VERNIER
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

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