About this ClassBoth poet and swordsman, meet Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand’s witty gentleman and most famous creation! Endowed with great eloquence, the only thing holding him back from confessing his love to the beautiful Roxanne is his other great endowment, a large, almost disfiguring nose. This classic French play is filled with duels, war, drama and romance, and is sure to captivate the audience! The play chosen for this course has been adapted (in length and in language) to accommodate its reading for learners of French. Students will be encouraged to read out loud, act out some of the scenes, and debate the themes and the underlying meaning of the dialogues while becoming more comfortable with all facets of communicating in French. As Cyrano de Bergerac might be a bit challenging, the book will be divided into two parts. Session 1 (April 3 - May 1) will cover Chapters 1 to 4 and Session 2 (May 8 - June 12) will go over chapters 5 to 8. Please note that if you join the class in session 2, you will need to read chapters 1 to 4 on your own prior to the first day of class.
Communicative and linguistic objectives
- Reading the play out loud (intonation, pronunciation)
- Thematic discussions of the play
- Talking about character profile
- Playing out passages (reading or improvising) in small groups
Alysse will use the following version of Cyrano de Bergerac for this class: