Learn French Through Francophone Art & Cultures

$190 cad
Tue Oct 26, 5:30 PM - Tue Nov 30, 7:30 PM (EDT)

This beginner/intermediate level course invites students to take a wider look at the French language through an overview of what we call “la francophonie”: the set of people who speak entirely or partially French in their daily lives to communicate. Which countries or states speak French, and how is the French language integrated into the local culture and context? After learning some of the basics in French communication (Présentations), we will learn new vocabulary and phrases and put them into practice through francophone environments (Le français à travers l’environnement), music (Le français à travers la musique), poetry (Le français à travers la poésie), and cinema (Le français à travers le cinema). This course is designed to be as interactive as possible and will include group activities. It is designed to be flexible and to cater to students’ learning outcomes desires and French proficiency.

Week 1 – Présentations
By the end of the class, students will know how to introduce themselves (who they are, where they are from, where they live etc), greet, position themselves through time (time, week days, months etc), and talk about their family. Lastly, students will add new phrases to their toolkit.

Week 2 – La francophonie
By the end of the class, students will know basic numbers, name some of the French speaking continents and countries, and learn vocabulary associated with traveling. Students will also discover what “la francophonie” is and learn some idiomatic expressions. Lastly, students will add new phrases to their toolkit.

Week 3 – Le français à travers l’environnement
By the end of the class, students will know how to describe various environmental features (water body types, ecosystem types etc) and speak to the current environmental challenges we are facing. Students will also be able to describe initiatives that seek to address these challenges and design their own. Lastly, students will add new phrases to their toolkit.

Week 4 – Le français à travers la musique
By the end of the class, students will know vocabulary associated with music (instruments, professions etc) and emotions/feelings (love, anger, sadness etc). Students will also learn how to recognize French words in various francophone songs and analyze them. Lastly, students will add new phrases to their toolkit.

Week 5 – Le français à travers la poésie
By the end of the class, students will learn about francophone poetry in various countries and know how to analyze a poem. Students will also be able to write their own poem. Lastly, students will add new phrases to their toolkit.

Week 6 – Le français à travers le cinéma
By the end of the class, students will know vocabulary associated with cinema and will be able to describe characters, events, and the general ambiance in a movie scene. Lastly, students will add new phrases to their toolkit.

Sandra Klemet-N'guessan

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