Both students and instructors find this popular introductory text easy to use. The grammar lessons are presented in a logical sequence with constant vocabulary reinforcement and practice of the four skillslistening, reading, writing, and speaking. In addition, Contacts meets the five "Cs" of the national standards for foreign languagesculture, connections, comparison, communities, and communicationwhich are denoted by icons when they appear in the text.
Grammar is presented in 33 manageable lessons, combined with Aperçus culturels (cultural readings) in English for the first 6 Leçons and in French after Units 5, 7, and 9. Communication sections at the end of each lesson give students instructions in English for task-oriented, paired activities.