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Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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About this Class

Rather than fixate on the spoken word, this course aims to sharpen your skills à l’écrit. Over the course of three units, you will improve your understanding of and ease with the French written word. Particularly apt for those looking to complete further studies in France or enrich their skills in French, this class will prepare you for writing and reading in all its forms, covering multiple forms of written expression. You will begin by drafting, crafting, and unpacking simple paragraphs that will eventually lead you to longer, more elaborate pieces of increasing difficulty. This class will also teach you how to react and respond to emails or other documents using the vocabulary and register of language required of situations ranging from formal to informal. Creative assignments will punctuate each unit, allowing you to explore and master the various forms of French composition.

Class material: Mieux communiquer à l’écrit - B2-C1, for sale at the Center for an additional $30.

Content you will cover:

Diagnostic: Units 1 and 2

Learn how to: Properly punctuate sentences, logically complete fill-in-the-blank activities, understand small texts, begin communicating clearly through writing, understand the “how” and the “why” of a text

Unit 3: Le paragraphe, unité textuelle

Learn how to: Concentrate on one topic at a time, construct various types of paragraphs

Unit 4: L’organisation du paragraphe

Learn how to: Manipulate sentence order (according to chronology, logic, pertinence), play with paragraph structure (personal preference, spatial organization)

Unit 5: Cinq types de textes

Learn how to: identify, characterize, and write narrative, descriptive, expository, argumentative and directive texts

Creative elements:

Unit 8: Ecrire, c’est réécrire

Learn how to: Improve your texts, revise and rewrite your drafts (editing, polishing, retooling, restructuring)

Unit 9: Comment trouver des idées

Learn how to: Efficiently brainstorm by writing lists, word associations, using your network, and evaluating your progress

Unit 10: De la langue commune à la langue littéraire

Read the following works : Confession d’une radine, Les Gommes, Sous le pont Mirabeau