Pause-café (Student Edition) 13 9780072407846
Pause-café (Student Edition)

Pause-café (Student Edition)

Grade Levels: 13
By Nora Megharbi and Stéphanie Pellet and Carl Blyth and Sharon Foerster
Copyright: 2009
Publication Date: August 13, 2008
MHID: 0072407840
ISBN 13: 9780072407846

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New Features

Pause-café narrows the focus of instruction to seven key communicative goals so that students can strengthen their understanding of key grammar points and start to improve their accuracy as they become more comfortable expressing themselves in French. The seven communicative goals are: describing, comparing, reacting and making recommendations, narrating in the past, expressing likes and dislikes, talking about the future, and recognizing how a hypothesis is expressed.

The vocabulary sections are related to the chapter theme and include very communicative activities that encourage students to use vocabulary in context.

The Coin culture (Cultural Corner) section in each chapter presents students with a vast expanse of cultural information about the various regions of the Francophone world, including information about famous artists, Francophone cinema, and historical development of the regions.

The readings in each chapter, by classic and contemporary French-speaking authors, expand the chapter themes while presenting students with various viewpoints of French and Francophone life and culture. The Workbook/Laboratory Manual contains additional readings.

Pause-café (Student Edition)

Pour commencer: Les six amis


Points clés: Introduction

  • [D] Décrire
  • [C] Comparer
  • [P] Parler du passé
  • [R] Réagir et recommander
  • [Q] Poser des questions
  • [F] Parler du futur
  • [H] Faire des hypothèses
  • Pour écrire

    Chapitre 1 Perspectives: Perceptions et impressions

    Rencontres: Les premières impressions

    Vocabulaire thématique

  • Note culturelle: Une question de sensibilité
  • Points clés: Décrire et Comparer [D] [C]


  • Destination: Paris
  • Un cinéaste français: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Lecture: L'Étudiant étranger de Philippe Labro

    Pour écrire

    Autres thèmes pour discuter

    Chapitre 2 Passions et sentiments: Quelle est l'influence des autres sur notre vie?

    Rencontres: Une soirée inoubliable

    Vocabulaire thématique

  • Note culturelle: Les relations sentimentales en France
  • Points clés: Parler du passé [P]


  • Destination: La Provence
  • Les Arts provençaux: Les santons de Provence
  • Lecture: Comment cuisiner son mari à l’africaine de Calixthe Belaya

    Pour écrire

    Autres thèmes pour discuter

    Chapitre 3 Les relations familiales: Quelle est l'importance de nos racines?

    Rencontres: Maman vient me rendre visite. Que faire?

    Vocabulaire thématique

  • Note culturelle: La famille en France
  • Points clés: Réagir et recommander [R]


  • Destination: Les Caraïbes francophones
  • Un groupe antillais: Kassav', créateur du zouk
  • Lecture: «Elle avait pris ce pli…» de Victor Hugo

    Pour écrire

    Autres thèmes pour discuter

    Chapitre 4 Travail et loisirs: Comment vous détendez-vous?

    Rencontres: Il faut bien vivre!

    Vocabulaire thématique

  • Note culturelle: Comment éviter les faux pas culturels
  • Points clés: Poser des questions [Q]


  • Destination: L’Afrique francophone
  • Un réalisateur sénégalais: Ousmane Sembène
  • Lecture: La Grève des bàttu de Aminata Sow Fall

    Pour écrire

    Autres thèmes pour discuter

    Chapitre 5 Le nouveau millénaire et l’avenir: Que se passera-t-il dans le futur?

    Rencontres: Les projets pour l’été

    Vocabulaire thématique

  • Note culturelle: De l’Europe à l’Union européenne
  • Points clés: Parler du futur [F]


  • Destination: L’Europe francophone
  • Un artiste belge: René Magritte
  • Lecture: «Liberté» de Paul Éluard

    Pour écrire

    Autres thèmes pour discuter

    Chapitre 6 Le monde actuel: Quelle influence ont sur nous les problèmes dans le monde?

    Rencontres: Parlons de la France!

    Vocabulaire thématique

  • Note culturelle: La vie politique en France
  • Points clés: Faire des hypothèses [H]


  • Destination: Le Québec
  • Un réalisateur québécois: Denys Arcand
  • Lecture: La Noël d’Okarnak d’Yves Thériault

    Pour écrire

    Autres thèmes pour discuter

    Explications grammaticales: Les points clés

    Décrire [D]

  • Gender of nouns
  • Adjectives
  • C'est vs. Il est / Elle est
  • Negation
  • Relative pronouns
  • Comparer [C]

  • Regular comparative forms
  • Irregular comparative forms
  • Superlatives
  • Parler du passé [P]

  • Formation of the passé composé
  • Formation of the imparfait
  • Using the passé composé and the imparfait
  • Verbs with different meanings in the imparfait and the passé composé
  • Plus-que-parfait
  • Passé simple
  • Réagir et recommander [R]

  • Present subjunctive
  • Using the subjunctive
  • Conjunctions that require the subjunctive
  • Past subjunctive
  • Imperative mood (Commands)
  • Poser des questions [Q]

  • Yes/No questions
  • Information questions
  • Interrogative pronouns qui and que
  • Adjective quel
  • Interrogative pronoun lequel
  • Parler du futur [F]

  • Near future
  • Simple future
  • Future perfect
  • Faire des hypothèses [H]

  • Formation of the present conditional
  • Using the present conditional
  • Si clauses and hypothetical events
  • Formation and use of the past conditional

  • Autres points de grammaire [APG]

  • 1. Determiners
  • 1.1 Definite articles

    1.2 Indefinite articles

    1.3 Partitive articles

    1.4 Possessive adjectives

    1.5 Demonstrative adjectives

  • 2. Adverbs
  • 2.1 Types of adverbs

    2.2 Formation of adverbs

    2.3 Placement

  • 3. Pronouns
  • 3.1. Direct object pronouns

    3.2. Indirect object pronouns

    3.3. y and en

    3.4 Disjunctive pronouns

    3.5 Possessive pronouns

    3.6 Demonstrative pronouns

  • 4. Verbs
  • 4.1 Expressions with avoir

    4.2 savoir and connaître

    4.3 Pronominal verbs

    4.4 Verbs followed by a preposition

    4.5 faire causatif

    Appendice 1: Answer Key

    Appendice 2: Verb Charts

    About the Author

    Nora Megharbi

    Nora Megharbi is currently a lecturer at the University of California in Santa Cruz and serves as Coordinator of the French Program. A native of Paris, she has taught both in France and in the United States. She received her PhD. in Applied Linguistics / Second Language Acquisition from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Her research focuses on language teaching, pedagogical grammar and the use of multimedia and technology. At the University of Texas at Austin, she was a member of the development team for an online reference grammar of French entitled Tex's French Grammar (, and a multimedia-based first-year French program, Français Interactif ( She designed materials for the first-year program project using video, multimedia technology, and Internet resources.

    Stéphanie Pellet

    Stéphanie H. Pellet is an Assistant Professor of French at Wake Forest University, where she teaches French language and sociolinguistics courses. She received her Ph.D. in French linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught French language courses for several years. She has also taught French at Southwest Texas State University, Austin Community College, and Huston-Tillotson. She presents conference papers and writes on sociolinguistics and pragmatics in particular from the viewpoint of second language learners.

    Carl Blyth

    Carl S. Blyth (Ph.D., Cornell University) is the Director of the Texas Language Technology Center and Associate Professor of French Linguistics in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas at Austin. At UT-Austin, he has served as Coordinator of Lower-Division French (1993-2002); Acting Director of Technology, Literacy, and Culture (2001-2002); and Director/Assistant Director of the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. With his colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin, Carl has developed an online reference grammar of French called Tex's French Grammar (, and a multimedia-based first-year French program entitled Français Interactif ( In addition to his efforts in electronic publishing, Carl has written various journal articles, chapter essays, and books. Most notably, he was author of Untangling the Web: Nonce's Guide to Language and Culture on the Internet (1999) and editor of The Sociolinguistics of Foreign Language Classrooms (2003). More recently, he co-authored with Stacey Katz (University of Utah) Teaching French Grammar in Context (2007). Currently, he serves as the series editor of Issues in Language Program Direction, an annual volume devoted to foreign language learning in higher education. As his publications indicate, his main research interests lie at the intersection of sociolinguistics, technology, and language learning.

    Sharon Foerster

    Sharon Wilson Foerster retired from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001, where she had been the Coordinator of Lower-Division Courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, directing the first- and second-year Spanish language program and training graduate assistant instructors. She continues to teach in the Spanish Summer Language School at Middlebury College in Vermont. She received her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communications from the University of Texas in 1981. Before joining the faculty at the University of Texas, she was Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville, Spain, for four years. She continues her involvement in study abroad through her work as Director of the Spanish Teaching Institute and as Academic Advisor for Academic Programs International. She is the co-author of the following McGraw-Hill titles: Pasaporte: Spanish for High Beginners (2009); Supplementary Materials to accompany Puntos de partida, Eighth Edition (2009); Metas: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency (2008); Punto y aparte: Spanish in Review, Moving Toward Fluency, Third Edition (2007); Lecturas literarias: Moving Toward Linguistic and Cultural Fluency Through Literature (2007); Metas comunicativas para maestros (1999); and Metas comunicativas para negocios (1998).