Holt Allez, Viens!, by Demado, Grade 6-8, French Level 1
Allez, Viens!: Level 1
Worst Book Ever
By Keith S. Ridgeway - April 4, 2006
I am a French teacher and I can say that this is the worst book ever designed for learning French. After the first four chapters, all that students still really know how to say is "j'aime" and "je n'aime pas". It tries to be communicative and teach students catch-phrases so that they can speak in detail, but the problem is that all they know how to say are those phrases. They don't understand how the language works. The grammar explanations in this book are laughable. It doesn't provide nearly enough practice. Plus, it introduces things in the exercises that they've never ever had before! Why throw 'le futur proche' into a grammar exercise when the student has never been exposed to it and can not guess the meaning from context because it is simply a grammar exercise? I just don't understand this book!
They try to be culturally appropriate by making references to French teenagers, but let's face it -- our teenagers don't care what sports French teenagers play.
Badly conceived, poorly organized method of learning French
By reader of French books "petitcercle" - April 8, 2011
I'm a French teacher, too, and find this series frustrating and practically impossible to use. As far as I can tell, the material is barely organized, beyond a few thematic vocabularies. The grammar doesn't build clearly; the idiomatic expressions seem to come out of the air -- a new learner is faced with memorizing meaningless foreign phrases, many of which are slangy and not strictly grammatical. Yes, casual French should be mentioned, but the correct grammar should be taught first: example: why omit "ne" from expressions before the students have completely learned negation?
English is used in directions for exercices when French would clearly be understandable and much more useful for learning the language. Why, why is half the text in English even in a second year textbook? I suppose grammatical explanations may be more useful in English, but there is no reason to ask questions about French texts in English, nor to give directions in English beyond the first few... read more
Absolutely the worse French textbook EVER!
By Mr. Wynn - December 31, 2007
I am a French teacher. This book is horrible! Where do I begin?
This book focuses too much on culture and SLANG! They don't even teach appropriate French until after they have formed bad language habits in the students! The morsels of grammar that they haphazardly throw in are laughable at best only because of the absurdity in the way they present the material. Once they have presented it, the opportunity to practice what they've learned is pretty useless. Their translations of words are also horrible. Either they are completely wrong (VOILA does not mean HERE; it means THERE. VOICI means HERE.) or their explanations are super weak.
As a fellow French teacher friend of mine told me, this book is designed for French teachers who do not want to teach French.