French 4/5 : Lire et discuter un roman français

Course Dates: 08/11/21 - 06/12/21
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: Online
A gentle introduction to French literature. You will read at least one book a term and meet every other week to analyse and discuss the details to develop your understanding of the French language and writing style. The course takes place every other week.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00

Course Code: LF451

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Mon, day, 08 Nov - 06 Dec '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course aims to ease you into reading full length contemporary books in French. You will learn about authors and understand the scene behind the writing.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The topic discussed will depend on the book chosen. You will develop your French reading skills, develop you vocabulary and understanding of grammar / writing style.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- talk about a book in French
- understand about writing styles
- discuss an author
- have an expanded vocabulary.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will need to have studied French for at least 6 years. You need to have good oral skills as the course is delivered in French and participation in French will be expected.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.

Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The book for next term will be Le Chapeau de Mitterand by Antoine Laurain, in J’ai Lu paperback, ISBN 978-2-290-05726-1

Note: you do not need to have read the book before coming to class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can enrol on the same course in the second term. We also have cultural workshops / short courses that you might enjoy. For a general French course, please ask your tutor for advice or contact the languages department on

Trista Selous

Trista studied French at UCL and, in 1988 published a book on the French writer Marguerite Duras, based on her PhD thesis: “The Other Woman” (Yale UP). Since then she has led a double professional life as a freelance translator and teacher. As a translator she works mainly in literary non-fiction, fiction and academic writing. Her translation of Gwenaëlle’s autofiction “Personne” was shortlisted for the French-American Foundation Translation Prize in 2013. For 30 years she also worked for the British Film Institute as a translator, performer and subtitles of film soundtracks and as an interpreter for actors, directors and producers from the French-speaking world. In parallel to translation she has always been a teacher, on courses in French language, literature, cinema and translation at various universities in London and, since 2005, also at City Lit. She greatly enjoys sharing her French-related interests with students and learning from the ideas and experiences that they bring.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.