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LE MYOSOTIS - A new FSL dictionary

Le Myosotis

le-myosotis
Intermediate (Grades 7 and up) Illustrated dictionary for learners of French as a second language. Paperback edition: $26.50 each. The first FSL dictionary entirely developed in Canada. Designed for 9-to-15 year old learners of French. - over 10 000 entries - 12 000 sample sentences with their English equivalent - comprehensive English-French index (11 000 entries) - grammatical agreements - conjugation keys - about 1500 synonyms and antonyms - 34 grammar charts - 320 language notes - 74 cultural vignettes - over 250 illustrated words and picture pages in colour Preface Over the past few decades, most of the energies of FSL textbook writers have been invested in the development of curriculum guides and teaching materials for the ever-changing methodologies introduced in the field of second language didactics. Surprisingly, though a good dictionary constitutes a natural complement to teaching materials, no-one to date, as far as I can ascertain, has taken the time to produce a tool based on a corpus of the oral and written texts actually used by the FSL learner. One need only read the introduction to the present dictionary to realize the undeniable usefulness of a tool based on the themes and linguistic content of those approved teaching materials used within the different Canadian educational institutions. What's more, one quickly realizes that this dictionary is more than a mere reference tool. The numerous charts and language boxes, the illustrative examples, the lexical and grammatical comments, the cultural vignettes and the illustrations constitute a rich bank of resources capable of clarifying certain difficulties with the French language as well as enriching and facilitating the learning process. The development of such a tool requires a good deal of expertise and experience in the fields of second language pedagogy and educational publishing, as well as in the conception and production of teaching materials. Clément Beaudoin possesses this necessary combination of skills and experience for the completion of a project of this magnitude. With over forty years of experience in the field of FSL didactics, I can only express my enthusiasm for the quality of the finished product. I congratulate the author and express my hope that this dictionary will achieve a measure of success in harmony with the patience, hard work and intellectual rigor invested in its preparation. Pierre Calvé, Ph.D. Professor and Dean of Education (retired) University of Ottawa
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