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A FRENCH GRAMMAR
FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
A BRIEF READER AND ENGLISH EXERCISES
W. H. FRASER AND J. SQUAIR
PROFESSORS OF THE ROMANCE DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
BOSTON, U. S. A.
This book aims to provide a practical and thorough course in French grammar and 'elementary composition for schools and colleges. In the preparation of the work an effort has been made to bring the presentation of the subject into accord with recent advances in the methods of modern language teaching.
Having regard to the importance of securing accurate pronunciation from the very outset, care has been taken to facilitate the work of the teacher in this respect by giving a phonetic transcription of all vocabularies and paradigms, under the conviction that in no other way can distinctions in sounds be intelligibly explained. In order, however, not to confuse the beginner with too minute distinctions, " half long” vowels have not been indicated, and the same rule has been observed, for the most part, with regard to such stressed vowels as are optionally long or short.
The elementary exercises are based almost exclusively upon connected pieces of French, dealing with a variety of topics relating to every-day life, and make provision for both oral and written practice. They have been provided in abundance so as to admit of selection and variety, and to afford ample material for review. In both the elementary and advanced exercises, regard has been had to the requirements of such teachers as feel the necessity for a large amount of work of this kind in order to ensure adequate and practical knowledge on the part of the pupil.