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.