French 4/5 : French literature made easy
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: LF453
Duration: 4 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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.
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...
- to read a short book in French
- understand about writing styles
- discuss an author.
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 skill 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?
You will need to read passages of the book chosen between sessions and also read some extra material regarding the book and author.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
This year, we will be reading, explaining and commenting on excerpts from 3 novels:
• Le seigneur du fleuve by Bernard Clavel
• Les petits enfants du siècle by Christiane Rochefort
• Une piece montée by Blandine Le Callet
Note: you do not need to have read any of the books before coming to class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can enrol on the same course in April. We also have cultural workshops / short courses that you might enjoy. For a general French course, please ask advice to your tutor or contact the languages department: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pierre studied towards a "Licence de Langue, Littérature et Civilisations anglo-saxonne" at Grenoble University in the early 1980s. He moved to Paris in 1986 where he worked in the field of Corporate and Financial Communication, first as an editor-in-chief for a specialised publishing company, and later as an executive in charge of Corporate and Financial Communication for a large national financial institution. In the early 1990s, he gave it all up and moved to the UK (an ambition since I was a teenager) and started teaching French in a private language school, then as a secondary school classroom teacher. He then went on to study and in 2010, he gained the Dip Trans IoLET (the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation). In 2013, he decided to resume his teaching career, albeit choosing to do so in the Life Long Learning sector. Pierre believes that learning and teaching a foreign language is (but not limited to) about having fun, expanding personal communication skills, seeing and understanding things from a different cultural perspective.
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.