ALLIAGES CULTURELS: LA SOCIETE FRANCAISE EN TRANSFORMATION is designed for those who have completed at least two years of French language study. The text enriches students' knowledge of France and French society in the 21st century through the analysis and interpretation of textual artifacts, while it simultaneously develops their advanced linguistic capacities. ALLIAGES CULTURELS begins with a general introduction to the study of another culture, and then is organized thematically into four parts which systematically address the larger core question: Qu'est-ce qu'etre francais aujourd'hui?
Heather Willis Allen is an assistant professor of French and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Allen's research interests include foreign-language teacher development, literacy-based language instruction, and language-learning motivation. In addition to presenting at conferences, Dr. Allen's articles have appeared in the ADFL Bulletin (2010), the French Review (2009), the L2 Journal (2010), the Modern Language Journal (2010), the NECTFL Review (2008), From Thought to Action: Exploring Beliefs and Outcomes in the Foreign Language Program (2007), Principles and Practices of the Standards in College Foreign Language Education (2009), and Sociocultural Research on Second Language Teacher Education: Exploring the Complexities of Professional Development (2011). Heather received her Ph.D. in French/Education from Emory University in 2002. A native of Nantes (western France), S?bastien Dubreil moved to the U.S. in 1994 and received his Ph.D. in French/Education from Emory University in 2002. His research interests include the definition of culture in the foreign-language classroom, its place in the curriculum, and the methods of assessment of the acquisition of culture. Dr. Dubreil has extensively investigated the use of multimedia technologies (video and the Internet) in the teaching of culture in the foreign language classroom. He also is interested in French and Francophone cinema and enjoys teaching film. He was awarded the 2009 College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Teaching Award.
Introduction. Partie I: REPRESENTATION DE LA FRANCE ET DES FRANCAIS. 1. L'Histoire. 2. Signes, symboles et mythes. 3. Stereotypes 4. Geographie physique -- L'Hexagone. Partie II: IDENTITES NATIONALES. 5. La langue francaise. 6. Identites regionales et spatiales. 7. Identites sociales et ethniques. Partie III: LA VIE EN SOCIETE. 8. Immigration. 9. Croyances. 10. Education. 11. Le modele social Partie IV: LA FRANCE DANS LE MONDE. 12. La vie politique. 13. La France et l'Union Europeenne. 14. La France et les pays francophones. 15. La France et l'Amerique. Appendices. Lexique.