In this French Film class, you will watch a film at home before class. Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Orange Video on Demand, Google Play, iTunes or YouTube. 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.
NEW FILMS for this trimester:
- A bout de souffle (1960)
- Le Dernier Métro (1980)
- Une affaire de femmes (1988)
- Le Dîner de cons (1998)
- Un Prophète (2009)
- La guerre est déclarée (2011)
- Le Prénom (2012)
- Nous Trois ou Rien (2015)
- A voix haute (2017)
- Jalouse (2017)
- Le jeu (2018)
- Hors Normes (2019)
- Grâce à Dieu (2019)
To get information on movies you can use AlloCiné.fr which is the French IMDb.
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.
This course will be online due to governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.
About the Instructor: : Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981. She lived in the US for 38 years in New York City, Washington, D.C and Boston. 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 in Manhattan. She has taught all levels of French including Advanced and AP classes. She returned to Paris for retirement in 2018 and has been volunteering with WICE for two years.
Photo credit: Nancy Cooper