French Through Simple Songs: chansons de noël

Course Dates: 05/12/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online

Love singing at Christmas? Join this workshop to learn and sing French Christmas carols.

To find out about our great discounts on our French workshops, please visit our - French workshops and short course bundles page.


This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Sing your way to better French pronunciation, grammar and cultural knowledge with this fun workshop based on Christmas songs that French people learn as children.

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 workshop will involve learning to sing at least three Christmas songs (Mon beau sapin, Il est né le divin enfant, La Marche des rois), working on comprehension, pronunciation and vocabulary and teasing out relevant grammar points.

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

- sing at least three French Christmas songs
- make sounds that sound more French
- have a better grasp of the rhythms of French language
- have increased your knowledge of French culture
There may be other outcomes, depending on the needs and interests of the group of students.

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

This course is suitable for learners at all levels and the way the songs are approached will be adjusted to meet the needs of the students present on the day.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide.

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

This workshop is based on the communicative approach and we will work in French as far as possible, depending on the group of students.

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

No singing skills are required, but to get the most out of this workshop you will need to come with a wilingness to join in with the singing.
Based on tutor's own material.

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

To find out about our great discounts on our French workshops, please visit our - French workshops and short course bundles page.

Ask the languages department for advices of courses at your level.

Tutor Biographies
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.

Book your place

Course Code: LFW10

Sat, day, 05 Dec - 05 Dec '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £29.00
Concession: £18.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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