French Culture through Songs

Course Dates: 24/02/22
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
Location: Online
Les Français prennent leurs chanteurs au sérieux. Artistes, poëtes, interprètes, ils participent aux débats d’idées au même titre que les intellectuels. De nombreuses chansons font partie intégrante du patrimoine national et comme le dit le proverbe “En France tout se termine par des chansons“.

D’Édith Piaf à Stromaé en passant par Charles Trenet, Ferat, Françoise Hardy, Barbara et quelques autres venez découvrir une douzaine de chansons qui ont touché le coeur des Français.
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 £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00

Course Code: LFW13

Thu, day, 24 Feb - 24 Feb '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

In this session we will listen to a dozen famous French songs and talk about their historical context and artistic qualities. We will look at how they encapsulated something of their time and touched on some of the issues which shaped France in the second part of the 20th century such as “l’exode rural”, the rise of feminism and few others.

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?

- France in the 40’s with Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet.
- France in the 50’s with Jean Ferat.
- France in the 60’s with Françoise Hardy and Michel Polnareff.
- France in the 70’s with Maxime le Forestier.
- France in the 80’s with Barbara.
- France today with Noir Désir and Stromaé.

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

Understand the historical background of some emblematic French songs.
Appreciate the artistic qualities of some songs.
Recognise and sing along to some of the most famous French singers.

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

You should have an advanced level of French (level 4 or 5), as the class will be delivered in French.
Some additional documents will be available in English.
Most of the songs we will listen to have both French and English subtitles.

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?


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

Other courses at level 4 or 5. Please check our website for details or ask the tutor for advice.

Frédéric Fournier

Frederic was born in a small village in Provence and goes back there every summer to meet his family and friends. However, aged 20, he moved to Paris and feels a bit like a "parisien". In Paris he followed courses at the Sorbonne University studiying " les humanités " ( Philosophy, psychologie and linguistic) and worked for some years as a journalist. He didn't like that job having to compromise too often with editorial and corporate lines. Frederic went on delivering courses and teaching material in refugees camps in south east Asia. There he discovered in education the human touch he missed in journalism. Back in Europe he took several teaching positions first in France then in London involving French as a foreign language and French for business with Westmister, City and Birkbeck Universities. His teaching is focused around his students' needs. For the last ten years Frederic has been delivering lectures and workshops at citylit around historical and cultural subjects such as " Versailles, Le métro de Paris, la Révolution Francaise, Napoléon, la colonisation et la décolonisation, Ch. De Gaulle ( The stateman, not the airport ) and others.

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.