French Languages Resources

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Resources in the Lab

Dictionaries and other resources:

Dictionnaire des citations de langue française
Larousse de Poche
Larousse's French-English English-French Dictionary
The Oxford-Duden Pictorial French & English Dictionary
Le Petit Robert : Dictionnaire de la langue française*
Petit Robert 1 : Dictionnaire de la langue française
Collins-Robert French-English English-French Dictionary
The Oxford Hachette French Dictionary (French-English English-French)
Larousse Grand Dictionnaire (French-English English-French)
Bescherelle "L'Ortographe pour tous."
Barron's "1001 Pitfalls in French."
French in Action
Kettridge's French-English English-French Dictionary
Jiffy Phrasebook
Collins Gem French Verb Tables
Collins Gem French Dictionary French-English English-French
The Big Blue Book of French Verbs
501 French Verbs
Le Français Vivant Workbook
French Without the Fuss
Second French
1001 Pitfalls in French
Essentials of French
French Complete Course
Je Decouvre l'Anglais
Au Royaume des Adjectifs
Au Royaume des Verbes

Books
Histoires Droles
La Conquete du Passe
Civilisation Française Quotidien
Molière Œuvres Complètes 3
Le Voyage de Monsieur Perrichon
Lire et Voir les Classiques
Pays des Merveilles
Le Petit Prince
Antigone
Britannicus
Athalie
Pensées et Opuscules
Fables Choisies I & II
Discours de la Méthode
Polyeucle
Cinna
Oraisons Funèbres et Sermons I

 

CD-ROMs:
World Talk Français (2 copies)
EuroTalk Interactive Intermediate (7 copies)
Invitation au monde francophone (2 copies)
Le Louvre
The Rosetta Stone Language Library: Français II

Movies:
*missing The 400 Blows
8 Women
Amélie(1 copy)
Amen
Angèle
Asterix : Chez les Bretons
Au revoir les enfants
Autumn Tale
The Barbarian Invasions
The Beat that my Heart Skipped
La bête humaine
Camille Claudel
Children of the Century
Chocolat
The Chorus (Les Choristes)
Un cœur en hiver
Cross My Heart
Cyrano de Bergerac (2 copies)
The Dinner Game
The Dream life of Angels
The Earrings of Madame de…
The Eighth Day
La Grande Seduction
La femme du boulanger
Le grand chemin
La Haine (2 copies)
Indochine (2 copies) one copy missing
Jean de Florette (2 copies)
The Judge and the Assassin
Kings & Queens
L'auberge espagnole
Love Without Pity
Madame Bovary (2 copies) one copy missing
Manon of the Spring (2 copies)
Marius and Jeanette
Ma Vie en Rose (2 copies)
May Fools
Les Misérables
My Father's Glory
*My Mother's Castle (2 copies) one copy missing
The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea
Ponette (2 copies)
Le Prince et Le Pauvre
Purple Noon
Regain
The Return of Martin Guerre
Le Roi et l'oiseau
Rosetta
La salaire de la peur
Small Change
Sugar Cane Alley
Tartuffe
Trois hommes et un couffin
The Widow of Saint-Pierre
Un Homme et son Péché
Le Yeux dans L'ecran

Culture Videos:
Afrique dominée, Afrique libérée
A propos d'Apostrophes
Apostrophes : Marguerite Yourcenar
Bravo!
Brittany : A Land of Tradition
Glimpses of West Africa
Interview with Arnaud Finet, 1995-96
Invitation au monde francophone (2 copies)
Laurence : Interview
L'enfant (Maupassant)
Let's Visit France
Luxembourgeois : Qui êtes-vous?
Par ici
Travel Tips : Paris
Vidéo vérité
Vietnam d'hier et d'aujourd'hui & Un peuple créateur
Voilà Paris (2 copies)

Video Series:
France Panorama : The Original French Language Video Magazine (1-2)
France Panorama : The Video Magazine of France Today (1-22 + 2 bonuses)
French in Action (1-52)
Hexagone International : Trois heures de programmes en langue française
Hexagone International : La vie quotidienne en France et dans les pays francophones
La Météo
PBS Adult Learning Service : France TV Magazine 9/93 to 4/94
PICS Series :

  1. -Afrique domineer, Afrique libérée
  2. -Haïti : un people créateur
  3. -Luxebourgeois : qui êtes-vous?
  4. -Vietnam d'hier et d'aujourd'hui
  5. Louisiane francophone
  6. Fleuve Sénégal

PICS : The Project for International Communication Studies (5 tapes)
Télétexte programs 1-8 (3 copies)

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French in Action

French in Action

The points marked with a * are highlighted in the lesson (concentrate on these sections).

Lesson 1 – Orientation
Lesson 2 – Genesis I
- Expressions for greeting and taking leave of others
- Personal subject pronouns (2.8-2.11) *
- Forms of the verb aller in the present tense  (2.12, 2.13) *
- Two different uses of aller:
talking about going places and talking about health

Lesson 3 – Genesis II
- Definite and indefinite articles (3.13-3.22) *
- Masculine and feminine forms (3.23-3.26) *
- Infinitive of verbs
- The immediate future tense (3.29-3.34) *

Lesson 4 – Genesis III
- Gender of nouns; agreement in gender and number (4.12-4.15) *
- Elision and liaison
- Masculine and feminine endings, review and extension (4.23-4.28) *
- Forms of –er verbs in the present tense (4.32-4.35) *
- Forms of être in the present tense (4.36-4.40) *

Lesson 5 – Families
- Numbers from 1 to 29 (5.6-5.11) *
-? Forms of avoir in the present tense (5.12, 5.13) *
- Avoir and age ( 5.14, 5.15) *
- Imperative of –er verbs (5.18-5.22) *
- Il faut and infinitives (5.23-5.26) *
- Negative expressions with ne…pas (5.27-5.30) *
- Negative of un, une, des

Lesson 6 – Portraits I
- Avoir l’air verses être with adjectives
- Masculine and feminine forms (6.11-6.16) *
- Faire, present indicative (6.23) *
- Faire and sports (6.24, 6.25) *
- Du, de la, de l’ / pas de, pas d’
- Questions with est-ce que
- Numbers from 20 to 69 (6.29, 6.30) *

Lesson 7 – Portraits II
- Numbers from 70 to 100 (7.8-7.10) *
- Masculine and feminine endings, review and extension
- Questions using intonation, inversion, and est-ce que (7.21-7.27) *
- Qu’est-ce que c’est?, qui est-ce que c’est?
- Questions with qu’est-ce que…?, qui est-ce qui…?

Lesson 8 – Genealogy
- Numbers from 100 to 999,000,000 (8.6-8.9) *
- Partitive use of definite articles, positive and negative (8.10-8.15) *
- Possessive adjectives, single possessor (8.16-8.23) *
- Identify questions with c’est and est-ce

Lesson 9 – Vacation in Brittany I
- Possessive adjectives, plural possessor (9.8-9.11) *
- Use of à: destination, allocation
- Faire de…verses jouer à…(9.15, 9.16) *
- Stressed pronouns (9.18-9.20) *
- Quelqu’un / une personne; quelqu’un / personne
- En (il en reste)

Lesson 10 – Vacation in Brittany II
- Present tense with il y a… que, ça fait…que (10.16-10.18) *
- On
- Venir, present indicative (10.21, 10.22) *
- Connaître and savoir (10.23, 10.24) *
- Stressed pronouns, review and extension; use of stressed pronouns in comparisons (10.27-10.29) *
- Possessive adjectives (10.30-10.33) *
- Demonstrative adjectives (10.34-10.37) *
- Masculine/feminine forms, review and extension

Lesson 11 – Encounters I
- Il fait with weather
- Present tense with depuis
- Exclamations with quel, quelle, quels, quelles
- Immediate past tense: venir de + infinitive (11.22-11.25) *
- Direct object pronouns le, la, les, me, te, nous, vous (11.26-11.34) *
- Reflexive pronouns (11.35-11.40) *

Lesson 12 – Encounters II
- Interrogative adjective quel (12.7, 12.8) *
- Reciprocal verbs
- Imperative and personal pronouns; negative imperative (12.15-12.21) *
- Pouvoir, present indicative
- Suivre, present indicative
- Sortir, partir, present indicative
- Prendre, apprendre, comprendre, present indicative
- Verb patterns in the present indicative (12.23-12.37) *
- Masculine and feminine forms, review and extenstion

Lesson 13 – Encounters III
- Masculine and feminine forms, review and extension
- Interrogative pronoun lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles (13.23, 13.24) *
- Demonstrative pronoun celui, celle, ceux, celles (13.25-13.28) *
- Attendre, present indicative

Lesson 14 – Getting Underway I
- Avoir raison, avoir tort
- Dire, present tense; parler and dire (4.13-4.17) *
- C’est and il est with expressions of time
- Vivre, present tense
- Verb patterns, present tense
- Imperfect tense (14.30-14.39) *
- Masculine and feminine forms, review and extension (14.40-14.41) *

Lesson 15 – Getting Underway II
- Use of prepositions with place-names (15.17, 15.18) *
- Contraction of à and de with le and les, review and extension (15.21-15.26) *
- En, review and extension
- Mener, amener, emmener, promener
- Verb forms, review and extension

Lesson 16 – Getting Underway III
- Ne…aucun
- Y and place names (16.7, 16.8) *
- Devoir
- The passé composé
- Vouloir and pouvoir, review and extension (16.17-16.21) *
- Connaître and savoir, review (16.28-16.30) *
- Verb forms (16.31-16.34) *
Lesson 17 – In All Labor There is Profit I
- Tonic stress
- Masculine and feminine forms (17.6-17.13) *
- C’est verses il / elle est (17.14-17.18) *
- Savoir verses connaître (17.19-17.21) *
- On, review and extension *
- Reflexive verbs used passively
- The imperfect, review (17.27-17.32) *
-Ne…plus (17.33-17.36) *

Lesson 18 - In All Labor There is Profit II
- Masculine and feminine forms
- Stressed pronouns, review (18.16, 18.17) *
- Imperative and direct object pronouns (18.18-18.26) *
- Possessives, review
- Indirect object pronouns (18.29-18.34) *
- Toujours, quelquefois, ne…jamais (18.35-18.37) *

Lesson 19 – Entering School Zone I
- The passé composé (19.17-19.25) *
- Compounds of prendre
- Plaire (19.28-19.35) *
- Adverbs

Lesson 20 – Entering School Zone II
- Verb forms (20.8-20.11, 20.30) *
- Stressed pronouns, review
- Ne…jamais, ne…rien (20.18-20.21) *
- Mettre, boire (20.31, 20.32) *
- Passé composé and pronouns (20.34-20.42) *

Lesson 21 – Entering School Zone III
- Masculine and feminine forms, review and extension (21.9-21.12) *
- Faire rire, faire croire (21.16, 21.17) *
- Recevoir
- Savoir and infinitives (21.25-21.26) *
- Passé composé and negatives, review
- Agreement of past participles with avoir (21.33-21.36) *

Lesson 22 – Fishing for an Invitation I
- The passé composé of reflexive verbs (22.20-22.22) *
- Agreement of past participles; reflexive verbs (22.23, 22.24) *
- Verbs conjugated with avoir or être (22.27-22.31) *
- Agreement of past participles; verbs conjugated with être (22.32-22.33) *
- Faire plaisir

Lesson 23 – Fishing for an Invitation II
- Se demander, s’en faire
- The future tense (23.21-23.28) *

Lesson 24 – Bills of Fare I
- The plus-que parfait
- Servir (24.12, 24.13) *
- Future of irregular verbs (24.18-24.25) *
- Relative pronouns qui and que

Lesson 25 – Bills of Fare II
- The imperative, review
- The imperative with pronouns, en, and y (25.16-25.18) *
- Partitive en, review (25.19, 25.20) *
- The imperative with indirect object pronouns, review (25.21-25.24) *
- Position of en with personal pronouns *
- En used with determinatives
- Demonstrative and indirect object pronouns, review

Lesson 26 – Bills of Fare III
- Ne…que (26.11-26.14) *
- Definite article verses partitive article
- Expressions of quantity (26.22-26.25) *
- Vowel change e/è (26.26-26.29) *
- Endings of the present indicative, review (26.32-26.37) *

Lesson 27 – All Manner of Transportation I
- Se tromper
- Avoir peur
- Tenir à
- Y and en, review and extension (27.15-27.19)
- A and en with means of transportation *
- The conditional (27.24-27.28) *
- Masculine and feminine forms –eur, -euse, -eux, -euse

Lesson 28 – All Manner of Transportation II
- Expressions of time: en avance, à l’heure, en retard (28.6, 28.7) *
- Il y a une heure, tout à l’heure, dans l’heure (28.8-28.11) *
- Pendant, depuis, pour (28.17, 28.18) *
- Faire mal, avoir mal
- Expressions of quantity, review (28.24, 28.25) *
- The conditional, review
- Y, en, and pronouns with the imperative, review
- Plural of words ending in -au, -eau, -al, and -ail
- Masculine and feminine forms -l, -lle

Lesson 29 – All Manner of Transportation III
- Arriver: ça arrive!
- Mettre and expressions of time
- The conditional, review
- The past conditional (29.27-29.29) *

Lesson 30 – All Manner of Transportation IV
- Indefinite expressions
- Forms of the present indicative, review
- Forms of the future, review
- Past participles ending in -é and -u (30.27-30.29) *
- Imperfect and passé composé, review
- Articles and prepositions, review

Lesson 31 – All Manner of Transportation V
- Nouns ending in –age
- Past participles ending in -i, -is, -it, and -rt, review (31.19-31.24) *
- Agreement of past particles, review (31.25-31.27) *
- Present conditional, past conditional, plus-que parfait, review

Lesson 32 – Residences I
- Expressing strangeness: drôle de
- Expressing opposites: in-, im-, il-, dé-
- Word families: im-, in-, -able; -eur, -euse; -eur, -age; -cteur, -ctrice
-  Vocabulary for personal grooming, review
- Appuyer, essuyer, ennuyer
- Eteindre, s’éteindre, peindre
- Passé composé, review
- Two different aspects of the past: imperfect and passé composé (3.28-32.33) *
- Past conditional, review

Lesson 33 – Residences II
- Indefinite personal pronouns soi
- Lack of self-control: s’empêcher de
- Protest: Si on ne peut plus…; refutation: pas plus…pour ça; disagreement: pas si…que ça; restriction: il n’y en a que pour…
- Time: en une heure
- Need and exigency: Il (me) faut + nous
- Irregular imperatives: être, avoir, vouloir, savoir (33.31, 33.32) *
- Conditional, review
- Imperfect and passé composé, review and extension (33.34-33.36) *

Lesson 34 – Residences III
- Il faut + expression of time + pour
- Adopting behaviors: faire l’idiot, faire le maçon, etc.
- Nouns ending in –age, review and extension
- Servir and derivatives
- Transformations: rendre + adjective (34.19, 34.20) *
- Verbs with vowel changes, review and extension
- Causative faire (34.23-34.26) *
- Article, partitives and pronouns, review
- Imperfect and passé composé, review

Lesson 35 – Residences IV
- Intensives: joliment, drôlement, c’est fou ce que…, etc.
- Indirect questions ce que c’est, qui c’est
- A verses de before infinitives (35.23-35.26) *
- En and the present participle (35.27-25.28) *
- Verbs of evolution ending in –ir: vieillir, grossir, etc.
- Negative ni…ni… (35.32-35.34) *
- Need: avoir besoin

Lesson 36 – Entertainment I 
- The word family lumière, allumer, illuminer
- Conjugation of verbs like éteindre
- Se mettre en congé / prendre congé
- Indefinites + de + adjective (36.16-36.19) *
- Rien, review and expansion
- The subjunctive: formation (36.23-36.29) *
- Reflexive verbs, review

Lesson 37 – Entertainment II
- Different uses of coup
- Time: en deux minutes / dans deux minutes
- Verbs with vowel changes: jeter, acheter, review
- Position of direct and indirect object pronouns (37.20-37.23) *
- Irregular subjunctives (37.24-37.31) *
- The past subjunctive
- Forms of aller, review

Lesson 38 – Entertainment III
- C’est là que, c’est…où with places
- Position of jamais, toujours, souvent (38.17-38.23) *
- Position of direct and indirect object pronouns (38.24, 38.25)
- Verbs ending in –yer (38.26-38.29) *
- Irregular subjunctives (38.30-38.33) *
- Pouvoir, vouloir, review
- The imperfect, review

Lesson 39 – Entertainment IV
- Ne…que, review
- Forms of the subjunctive, review
- Falloir and the subjunctive (39.11, 39.12) *
- Irregular subjunctives: aller, falloir, valoir, vouloir (39.17, 39.18)
- Subjunctive with expressions of doubt (39.17, 39.18) *
- Ça fait + infinitive
- Position of object pronouns, recapitulation
- Croire, vivre, devoir, se plaindre, craindre, review

Lesson 40 – Entertainment V
- Verbs + à with an object, review and extension
- Personne, rien as subjects and objects (40.16-40.18) *
- The future and object pronouns, review
- The conditional, review
- Pronouns y, and en
- Passer, faire, pouvoir, review

Lesson 41 – A Matter of Chance I
- Tenter verses tendre
- Position of rien and personne in compound tenses (41.16, 41.17) *
- The subjunctive with expressions of preference
- The subjunctive with conditional expressions (41.20-41.22) *
- Past tenses, review
- The past conditional, review
- Verb forms, review
- Avoir besoin and pronouns, review
- Prepositions

Lesson 42 – A Matter of Chance II
- Fractions (42.11, 42.12) *
- Pas encore, déjà, dès
- Position of déjà and encore (42.16, 42.17) *
- Plus rien, jamais rien (42.18-42.21) *
- Subjunctive, review
- Subjunctive with pourvu que, à moins que, bien que (42.23-42.29) *
- Ne…aucun, ne…que, review
- Future tense, review
- Stressed pronouns, review
- Imperative + pronouns, review

Lesson 43 – Think Vacation I
- Comparatives and superlatives (43.15-43.18) *
- Superlative and subjunctive (43.19-43.23) *
- Forms of the subjunctive, review
- Conditional, review and extension
- Prepositions

Lesson 44 – Think Vacation II
- Subjunctive indicating purpose (44.16-44.18) *
- Subjunctive and implicit negation (44.19-44.21) *
- Demonstrative pronouns, review
- Relative pronouns ce qui, ce que, ce qu’ (44.23-44.30) *
- Jamais, rien, personne, review
- Ne…que, …plus, …rien, …jamais, tout ce que and subjunctive, review
- Passé composé and imperfect, review

Lesson 45 – Think Vacation III
- Personne and rien in simple tenses, review and extension (45.19-45.22) *
- Use of the subjunctive in relative clauses (45.23-45.25) *
- Position of y and en, review
- Avoir besoin, avoir envie, review

Lesson 46 – Getting Away
- The conditional in intentional expressions (46.24, 46.25) *
- Avoir besoin + indicative verses il faut + subjunctive, review
- Il faut and nouns, review
- Prepositions, review
- Relative pronouns qui, que, and dont (46,34-46.38) *

Lesson 47 – What Variety!
- Tout (47.10-47.13) *
- Tout / rien, personne / tout le monde (47.14-47.16) *
- Restrictive negative ne…que (47.17-47.21) *
- Subjunctive with expressions of doubt, review
- Il faut + subjunctive, review
- Vouloir, pouvoir, review
- Connaître and savoir, review
- Forms of the subjunctive, review
- Qui, que, dont, review
- Y and en, review
- Demonstratives and relatives, review

Lesson 48 – What Riches!
- Ce qui, ce que, ce dont, review and extension (48.13-48.15)
- Penser à verses penser de
- Laisser
- The future tense, review
- Use of the subjunctive with demands, review
- Possessive pronouns (48.30-48.32)

Lesson 49 – What a Nightmare!
- Arriver à
- Douter verses se douter
- The future of the past (49.23-49.24) *
- The subjunctive, review and extension (49.25-49.28) *
- Verbs like apercevoir, forms and functions
- Verbs like paraître, forms and functions
- Present participle, review and extension

Lesson 50 – More Variety, More Riches
- Penser de verses penser à (50.6, 50.7) *
- Articles and prepositions with geographical names (50.8-50.17) *
- Articles and prepositions with names of mountains (50.18-50.22)
- Articles and partitives, review
- The subjunctive, review and extension (50.23-50.25) *
- A and de with infinitives, review and extension

Lesson 51 – Parade and Review
- Levels of speech (51.8, 51.9) *
- Position of pronouns, review
- Use of pronouns, y, and en with imperatives, review and extension (51.13-51.18) *
- Faire, review
- Faire de
- Negative infinitives (51.24, 51.25) *
- Pour + price, place name, duration

Lesson 52 – All’s Well that Ends Well 

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PICS

EF-7 Maurice: le monde dans une île

EF-8 Flueve Sénégal: un combat contre la mort (29 min.)
 The French-speaking countries of Mali, Senegal, and Mauritania in Western Africa have joined their efforts and resources to fight for the growing desertification of the upper Senegal valley. Mona Makki interviews village leaders, farmers, and shepards of the area in order to understand the active involvement of the local populations in the processes of irrigation, damming, and water conservation. Some of the major construction projects and their impact on the future of the region are discussed by the engineers in charge and by local residents who complain of being underinformed by the authorities.

EF-12 Haïti: un peuple créateur (29 min.)
 The republic of Haïti was the first independent black nation in the world.  In this program, Espace francphone explores some of the best known aspects of Haïtian popular culture (naïve paintings, crafts, sculptures) and explains their connections to religious beliefs and practices, especially the infamous voodoo tradition.  Interviews with artistes and artisans alternate with scenes of voodoo dances and displays of local customs, while two university professors provide the necessary background information on the history and the evolution of the country.

EF-13 Vietnam d’hier et d’aujourd’hui (29 min.)
 Since the end of war in the late 1970’s, Vietnam has been working to recover its past and traditions in order to strengthen its national identity.  At the same time, however, the nation has opened itself to outside influences, as in its recent membership in the alliance of French-speaking nations. Espace francophone presents four distinctive forms of Vietnamese art and culture: water puppets, a popular form of entertainment; field singing, practiced by farm workers; sung poetry with musical accompaniment; and traditional theater.  Each segment is presented and by musicologist Tran Van khé and followed by a discussion with university students, historians, and government officials.

EF-23 Norodom Sihanouk: la permanence de l’identité khmère

EF-24 Luxembourgeois, qui êtes-vous? (29 min.)
 Wedged in between Belgium, Germany, and France, the small country of Luxembourg is known to most Europeans for its financial powers and its mastery of modern communication. In a series of candid interviews, citizens describe themselves, their opinions, and their relations with other nations.  The result is a kaleidoscopic view of a representative cross section of the country, framed by talks with the head of the state, Jacques Santer; the director of the audio-visual commission, Pierre Werner; and a leading banker, Charles Ruppert.

EF-25 Louisiane francophone: lâche pas la patate! (30 min.)
     The use of French in the state of Louisiana has been sustained in the face of the inevitable influence of Americanization. This program explores the dangers of cultural assimilation in the wake of the electronic media explosion, but also describes the rebirth of Cajun identity and the steps taken to protect this cultural heritage.  While some of the people interviewed describe a losing battle, the younger generation is more than ever aware of the need to have access to the Francophone world. Singer Zachary Richard, cultural attaché Adam Steg, and others describe the need not simply to learn French but to communicate with the rest of the French-speaking world. The program includes clips from songs, a radio show, and two television shows. It is followed by Le journal de la francophonie.

MF-1 Afrique dominée, Afrique libérée (30 min.)
 This film not only traces the history of colonialism in Africa, it asks pertinent questions about the slow process of decolonialization: who decides? who benefits? does this spell freedom for native populations? or does it mean a new brand of dependence?
 
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