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Literature • Intermediate B1

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Read classic and contemporary writing in French! Books and themes change each session—view below.

Literature makes a major contribution to a nation's cultural heritage and exposure to authentic written texts is one of the many ways foreign language learners can improve their language proficiency. In this course, discover French and Francophone literature through the analysis and discussion of major literary works, either focusing on one text or on a specific theme woven through a variety of texts. This course is designed for literature lovers who would like to learn about the history of literature, of French expression, and to become more independent in reading challenging texts in their original French language.

Prerequisites: You must have completed general French 303 Intermediate B1 level or higher, have taken any Intermediate B1 level skill/culture/literature class, or have taken this placement test.

After this course: Students may continue with general French 401 Advanced B2 level or any Intermediate B1 level skill/culture/literature class.


Winter 2019

Le roman fait son cinéma (The pleasures of novel-to-films-adaptations)
LIT.B1.C01 - Mon - 6pm-9pm - $660 - O.Garrel (Jan 7-Mar 25)
Level: Intermediate B1 / Advanced B2

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In this course, we will approach our favorite French novels as a combination of words, images and sounds. You will be reading and discussing passages of popular French novels, watching extracts of exciting film adaptations, making literature rhyme with pleasure! This course is for you if you love the written word as much as the spoken one, if you want to explore various artistic devices with all your senses, if you are a film buff who likes a good read! By the end of this class, you will have learned how to appreciate a French literary text on a different level. Interactively, you will be able to discuss, not only the film, but also your own private reading of the adapted text.


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