This book, which is based on an Open University course and designed for intermediate to advanced students, is suitable for self-study or class use. It provides a structured approach to the development of writing skills in French; close study of authentic texts leads to practice in writing clearly, coherently and appropriately in a variety of contexts.
Study of grammar, syntax and structure at sentence and discourse level is combined with attention to register and style, and writing activities lead from controlled exercises on synonyms to supported creative writing.
Study-support features include a summary of key learning points at the beginning of each chapter and a feedback section providing comprehensive answer keys to the controlled exercises and models for the creative activities. Perhaps the greatest strength of this book lies in its attention to the development of transferable skills. Students who work carefully through each chapter will acquire generic skills in the manipulation and presentation of material that are as applicable to their own language as to French. Given the importance attached in higher education to the development of transferable skills, this is a vital selling point.
Margaret A. Jubb is senior lecturer in French, Aberdeen University.
Developing Writing Skills in French. First edition
Author - Graham Bishop and Bernard Haezewindt
Publisher - Routledge
Pages - 193
Price - £17.99
ISBN - 0 415 34897 8