Developing Writing Skills in French By Graham Bishop, Bernard Haezewindt
Designed for intermediate to advanced students, this text equips readers with the necessary skills to write confidently in French in a range of situations. Suitable for use as a classroom text or as a self-study course, it is carefully structured to ensure a better understanding of the effect of choice of words, register and style.
Each chapter contains a selection of model texts, activities and clear notes on the format, style and language demonstrated. Every activity also has a model answer in the key, which also offers advice, explanations and further examples to support the student's learning.
- key learning points clearly indicated at the beginning of each chapter
- a rich selection of model texts from a variety of different media.
Based on a well-reviewed Open University course and written by experienced teachers of the language, Developing Writing Skills in French has been trialled with non-native speakers of French to produce a valuable resource that will help students write appropriately for a variety of contexts.
Developing Writing Skills in French - Contents
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 édifices 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 départ. 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, Answer key
Developing Writing Skills in French - Reviews
'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
Developing Writing Skills in French - Authors
Graham Bishop is Lecturer in French and German, and Bernard Haezewindt is Lecturer in French, both at the Open University, UK.