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Saturdays - Session 1 (Sept. 24 - Oct 22), 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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About this Class

Study the tale as told by french female authors of the mid-18th century, in contrast with Jean Cocteau’s 1940’s adaptation of the tale for the big screen, relative to today’s values. Debate conventions of beauty and the concept of morality. Learn how to structure a story, write a dialogue and work on your pronunciation. Texts made available in PDF format. Movie available for purchase on Prime Video. 

Communicative objectives:
Describe in detail a person’s physical appearance and character
Talk about the past (recount memories of fairy tales and their impact on you)
Express positive and négative feelings towards societal norms
Compare versions of the story
Talk about the future by predicting the evolution of societal norms
Participate in a conversation
Argue a point of view

Linguistic objectives:
Adjectifs (place et accord)
Adverbes (temps, lieu, fréquence, passé, futur,)
Articulateurs logiques (parce que, car, donc, ainsi, mais...)
Comparatif (du nom / de l’adjectif)
Les temps du futur (Futur proche, Futur simple)
Les temps du passé (Passé composé, Imparfait)

About Michaela Jordan

Michaela was raised bilingual (French and English) in Southern Burgundy, by a family who has dedicated their lives to the wine and spirit industry. She has studied Languages and Education at University Lyon II and has been intermittently teaching French to students, in England and the United States, since 2013. Michaela has taught courses on French Language, Culture, Literature, and Translation, from introductory to advanced. This year, she has been working towards getting a second master's degree in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. When Michaela is not teaching at the French Library, she is teaching at a local French school. In her spare time, she loves to bake, climb, and travel.

Above: Vincent Cassel as La Bête and Léa Seydoux as Belle in La Belle et la Bête, © Superfine Studios