zjones wrote: … you are such a wealth of information.… As far as the Mastering French course on Audible, do you know if only the audio is remastered (keeping the same drills and vocabulary as the original) or if they have also changed the course material? Merci beaucoup!
Rebonjour, zjones! Information is a well-arranged summary of useful
facts, details, particulars, data, et cetera. I have a wealth of data, but information???
In the discussion thread "FSI Basic Courses: Updated
, I posted an extract from a series of Emails that Scott Brians and I exchanged, one which suggests that the "nouvelle mouture" of FSI French is a mixture of the old and the new ...
Scott Brians to Speakeasy, 2017-07-26
"• The original FSI French Course manuscript was almost prefect as it was - no teacher needed. We’ve kept a lot of it. A comparison between the original and our version will bear witness to that. We have modernized some of the phrases as the spoken language has changed some. To be thorough, we have kept some of the old, for it still exists, if not used much. We have added “in-between” drills to avoid a massive jump from easy to difficult drills. The student would be cruising at level 2 and suddenly was faced with difficulty 8. We added a level 4 and 6 in-between to ease the student into the more difficult material.
•Differences in German and French:
o We’ve deleted translation drills to keep the student completely immersed in the target language. May add this in the future, but for “purity” reasons, may not.
o We’ve incorporated lots of travel related vocabulary so our students can visit the country and use their new skills right off the bat. Oddly enough, the original FSI was very weak in this aspect: they were geared for bureaucrats working at the embassy, not college students, travelers or professional sales people.
o As you noted, in the beginning modules, we have added slow and (near) native speed of the same text to get the true beginner started.
o Annette speaks a little slower in the earlier modules than in the latter, again, to help the true beginner.
o As stated before, the CD quality recording and longer pauses make the learning process much easier, again, to help the true beginner."