|French Language and Culture Section KA|
MA NCES Code:
|09, 10, 11, 12|
|Repeated Semester (Fall: 25 Seats; Spring: 25 Seats; )|
|A readiness to fall in love with all things French, acquire savoir faire, and perhaps become a Francophile (somebody who loves anything French). Did you know that over one third of English words come from French? The course is taught primarily in English with French phrases sprinkled liberally throughout so you will become au courant -a connoisseur of Francophone culture. It is designed for students whose English language skills are strong. This is an introductory course; no prior knowledge of French is required. |
Students will need access to some type of word processing program, presentation software such as Power Point, Prezi, or Keynote. They will need whichever plug-ins the Web sites we use may require (Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, etc.) and a media player such as Quicktime and Windows Media Player.
This course requires students to have access to a computer with headphones, a microphone, and recording software to save files in audio format . Access to a Webcam is a plus and video recording may be offered as an option for some assignments . Innovative Internet resources will be utilized in the course so students will have to be ready to learn how to use them at the site and read the directions or watch a tutorial.
|Certified by NCAA for initial-eligibility (VHS School Code: 221356); Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools; Northwest Accreditation Commission|
|Course Requires a Media Kit to be Shipped to Students:|
|Course Requires a Media Kit to be Purchased by Course Sponsor |
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Journey with us for fifteen weeks across the globe and indeed time itself to learn the basics of French language and culture. We will meander through French history and get to know some of its 64 kings as we savor French cuisine and virtually sample some of its 246 kinds of cheese. We may even pair it with some bread as we watch Anthony Bourdain show us how a baguette is made!
We will discover why such famous authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and others flocked to Paris as the cultural capitol of Europe. According to the online France Travel Guide “When it comes to style, art, culture, food and drink, the French are the undisputed kings and Paris is their crown jewel”. You’ll learn to sing the French national anthem, la Marseillaise, and learn why the fleur-de-lys has always been such a good luck charm for French kings.
But French-speaking culture does not stop at France’s borders… Pas du tout! There is a vast Francophonie beyond the land of Louis XIV and Madame de Maintenon. Indeed, two out of every three Francophones live outside of France. The Francophonie, an official organization, consists of 56 member states with others as Associates. From Cameroon to Côte d’Ivoire, the DOM-TOM, Seychelles to Djibouti, all share a common cultural heritage. We will learn this and so much more in the next 15 weeks. Bon voyage and allons-y (we’re off)!