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Study Books for French and German

       In my role as Lecturer in French and German in the Faculty of English and Language Studies at the Open University (1995-2008) I was a course writer for all three levels of the French provision. I also created the first programmes for the French Summer Schools in partnership with the University of Caen for 1996 and continued as Director and Tutor on these courses until 2007.  In the course of this work I continued to research methods for foreign language learning and applied the fruits of this research to the courses I taught at the Summer Schools and to the course writing I was involved in.

       The books below in the series 'Learn French' and their companions in the series 'Learn German' are derived from this research and experience. They are aimed in particular at those who are learning French and German at home, partly at least on their own. I have introduced ideas and methods which I hope will increase the pleasure and motivation of learners of both languages.  The titles may not be very 'sexy' but they do what they say on the cover!  All are available on Amazon Kindle and paperback.


A dictionary is a book of choices not answers. This applies particularly to bilingual dictionaries.

This short skills course will enable learners of French to make the best use of the resources which a French-English dictionary provides. The course is easily worked through and provides fascinating and creative ideas for enriching and expanding your French vocabulary with no pain!  Can that be true? Find out for yourself.

This is a valuable tool for any language learner, providing sound advice on how to avoid classic dictionary pitfalls. It received this five star review on Amazon:

        Amazon Review 5*****
Excellent Resource for French Students February 10, 2014
"I've only been studying French for a little over a year and found some exercises in this book to be a little over my head. However, it definitely helped me and I plan to go back through it as I progress in my studies. It is a valuable resource especially for students who may be unfamiliar with dictionaries in general (especially in this age of electronics!)."




In this course book I explore in more detail how you can use my positive marking technique to increase the quality and accuracy of the language you produce. In short, it helps you to be more stylish.

I also show you how to use this positive marking method to create a sophisticated feedback report to yourself on your own progress. This will in turn show you how to make even further progress.








Using similar techniques to those in the French version above, but with specific changes to take account of the different structures of the language,  this short skills course will enable learners of German to make the best use of the resources which a German-English dictionary provides.

The course is easily worked through and provides fascinating and creative ideas for enriching and expanding your German vocabulary with no pain!  Can that be true? Find out for yourself.

This is a valuable tool for any language learner, providing sound advice on how to avoid classic dictionary pitfalls.




The aim of this short course is to provide you with ideas about how to improve your French both successfully and enjoyably when working on your own.

Some of the ideas suggested may not be those you have been taught to accept in the past, but I hope they will stimulate you to think differently about how to learn a language pleasurably and effectively.

That said, language is a means of communication and so of course it is better to work alongside others. But I hope you will make use of the techniques in this course to supplement any follow up work you do after a traditional course.




The aim of this short course is to provide you with ideas about how to improve your German both successfully and enjoyably when working on your own.

Some of the ideas suggested here may not be those you have been taught to accept in the past, but I hope they will stimulate you to think differently about how to learn a language pleasurably and that the ideas will increase your motivation and enjoyment.

 That said, language is a means of communication, and so of course it is better to work alongside others. But I hope you will make use of the techniques described in this course to guide any follow up work you do after attending a traditional class.




       Many people keep a diary or log or blog. Sometimes you
  write something every day, sometimes you add entries from
  time to time as the mood takes you.

       What better way to maintain your fluency in French than
   to write your diary in French? This short course gives you all
   the help you need and provides lots of ideas to keep you
    motivated.

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