About this ClassOur core language classes will reinforce your French through speaking, writing and comprehension activities while providing insights into Francophone culture. Our teachers and curriculum use cutting-edge methods and resources to augment your skills and boost your confidence in French. With a focus on conversational French and active student participation using videos and interactive exercises, you will master the finer aspects of the French language. In this class, you will cover Units 3 and 4.
Required textbook: Tendances C1/C2
Unit 3 « Réfléchir aux réalités politiques et sociales » (Thinking about social and political realities)
Leçon 1 : « Préparer un débat » (Debate preparation) Know how to / Goals: Do an analysis and develop a point of view, prepare your arguments, debate within a citizen framework Themes: Artificial intelligence Field Applications: Write a recommendation, craft a convincing argument, refute counter arguments, state your objections, give your opinion, participate in a local assembly Culture: Artificial intelligence and its related challenge, human-robot relations, the role of computer programs in daily life Project: Participate in un café citoyen / a Salon Leçon 2 : « Intervenir dans un débat » (Take part in a debate) Know how to / Goals: Consider the role of debate in society, give your point of view, participate in a debate Themes: Bioethics, mandatory vaccination, well-being in the workplace Field Applications: Analyze an argument, state your position on an issue, take part in a debate, take turns speaking Culture: The role of debate in society, personal choice, and how it relates to collective responsibility, labor relations Project: Organize a debate Leçon 3 : « Mener une enquête » (Conduct an investigation) Know how to / Goals: Making sense of a new reality, take part in a survey, prepare a questionnaire, interpret the results of a survey Themes: Social media influencers, virality in the internet age, populism Communication methods: Complete a survey, generate a questionnaire, analyze responses, discuss the political state of affairs in a country Culture: Emerging social issues, new marketing strategies, political trends Project: Explore a societal issue in depth Grammar Unit 3: Indirect(/reported) speech, logical connectors (cause and effect), subject-verb agreement with collective nouns, expressions of quantity
Unit 4 « Consommer responsable » (Consume responsibly)
Leçon 1 : « Dénoncer » (State your opposition) Know how to / Goals: Discover information and new opinions, analyze data, condemn inequality Themes: Planned obsolescence (producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing), pay injustices, marine pollution Field Applications: Champion a cause, launch an awareness campaign Culture: Consumer protection, the gender pay gap, “plastic continents” (like the Great Pacific garbage patch) Project: Put together an online petition Leçon 2 : « Protester » (Protest) Know how to / Goals: State your conviction, rise up in protest, make people aware of the consequences, show outrage Themes: Boycotts, environmental controversies Field Applications: Write a letter of protest, denounce something Culture: Activism: the example of Maria-Monique Robin et d’Arnaud Daguin, Limousin apples (La pomme du Limousin) Project: Write a letter to a National Assembly deputé (legislator) Leçon 3 : « S’impliquer » (Get involved) Know how to / Goals: Rethinking one's relationship to the world, advocate for action, document and communicate change Themes: “Simple living”; common-interest associations, societies, and unions; local currencies Field Applications: Interview a group of people Culture: Pierre Rabhi and simple living (la sobriété heureuse), “Friends of the Earth” NGO, the documentary film: Demain,the rise of local currencies, environmental initiatives Project: Investigate which causes are most effective at prompting action Grammar Unit 4: Indicative and subjunctive moods, the passive voice, emphasis and opposition