In this French Film class, you will watch a film at home (available on Amazon Prime Video or Orange Video on Demand) before class. In class, the film will be used as a basis for a language lesson with cultural points and discussion.
Watching films can be a powerful tool for learning a language and improving cultural knowledge. It can be entertaining and enjoyable, which breaks psychological barriers that arise in traditional language learning. Dialogue in films exposes you to authentic spoken language, a rich range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions anchored in a meaningful context, all of which aids understanding and retention.
The main purpose of this course is increasing vocabulary, improving conversational skills and learning French culture via the movies presented.
Films Module 1 - (22 Sep - 03 Nov)
- Les Intouchables, directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano. Actors: Omar Sy & François Cluzet.
- Un homme idéal, directed by Yann Gozlan. Actors: Pierre Niney & Ana Girardot.
- J’accuse, directed by Roman Polanski. Actors : Jean Dujardin & Louis Garrel.
Films Module 2 - (10 Nov -15 Dec)
- Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu, directed by Philippe de Chauveron. Actors; Christian Clavier & Chantal Lauby.
- Les Héritiers, directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar. Actor: Ariane Ascarid.
- De Gaulle, directed by Gabriel Le Bomin. Actors: Lambert Wilson & Isabelle Carré.
This French course is for people with advanced knowledge of French.
Before registering for this course, you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.
About the Instructor: Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She has been teaching French since 1986. She taught adults with the US State Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Afterwards, she taught at private high schools. She has taught all levels of French. She returned to Paris for retirement and has been volunteering with WICE in the language department for one year.
Photo credit: Public Domain