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 5 and 6.
Required textbook: Tendances C1/C2
Unit 5 « Entrer dans le monde du travail » (entering into the working world)
Leçon 1 : « Chercher un emploi » (Finding a job) Know how to / Goals: Write a cover letter, protect of your digital identity, learn how to construct a resume Themes: The “golden rules” of cover letter writing Field Applications: Apply for a position, assess a cover letter, fill in the sections of a Europass resume Culture: Recruitment channels, online identity Project: Create a resume Leçon 2 : « Passer un entretien d'embauche » (Sit for a job interview) Know how to / Goals: Prepare for a job interview, take stock of attributes and skills, avoid pitfalls, express yourself effectively Themes: Job interview pitfalls, reasons for rejecting an application Field Applications: Learn about the job and the company, showcase your skills Culture: Workplace etiquette, implicit rules of communication, cultural differences and the workplace Project: Simulate a job interview Leçon 3 : « Faire un stage en entreprise » (Intern at a company) Know how to / Goals: Understand the internship, describe the duties, prepare an internship report Themes: The value of the internship, he positive and negative aspects of being an intern Field Applications: Describe the goals of the internship, act out a comedy sketch Culture: Internships in France and Switzerland , internship reports, business sectors, compensating interns Project: Write an internship report
Unit 6 «S’intéresser à la culture» (take an interest in culture)
Leçon 1 : « Commenter une fiction» (Literary criticism) Know how to / Goals: Introduce and understand a character, discover a character from theater, present and describe a film Themes: French cinema and theater, film criticism Field Applications: Organize a film festival, do an analysis of a literary character Culture: Honoré de Balzac’s Le Chef-d'œuvre inconnu, the character “Cyrano de Bergerac”, the actor Michel Vuillermoz Project: Write a film review Leçon 2 : « Commenter une œuvre d’art » (Art criticism) Know how to / Goals: How to display a piece, how to describe a painting, discovering examples of painting in literary works, playing with language while providing commentary Themes: Artistic movements, colloquial French, loanwords Field Applications: Connect how a work of art was conceived of to how it was received, give a critical appraisal Culture: Impressionism and le Salon officiel de 1875/Paris salon exhibition of 1975, Gustave Caillebotte, Henri Martin, Michel Peyramaure,“Verlan” Project: Present a work of art Leçon 3 : « Parler de la culture » (Talking about culture) Know how to / Goals: Discuss linguistic and cultural truths, understand a cultural issue, learn to write an editorial, learn to write an essay Themes: Netflix and cinema, access to culture, the future of culture in Europe, decolonization and French-speaking people around the world Field Applications: Write a comprehensive essay Culture: The Cannes film festival, UNESCO, “cultural exception” as political concept (l'exception culturelle), International Organization of La Francophonie (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie) Project: Write about a cultural issue