Reading and Discussing French News Articles

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An exciting French Course for Intermediate to Advanced Students (Levels B1, B2, C1 & C2), designed exclusively for EC24 by CJC:

This Conversation Course has a dual purpose: helping you improve all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) whilst learning about current affairs and contemporary cultural, social, political and economic issues, as presented in French newspapers and magazines.

The topics and terminology explored during the course include: la crise, la justice et le droit, la politique, la culture, l’économie, la guerre, les procès, les élections, les relations internationales, la religion, la société, la santé, la finance et la fiscalité, l’environnement, la science et les nouvelles technologies, l’entreprise et le monde du travail, l’éducation, etc.

Each term, lessons take place once a week, and last 1.5 hours (90 minutes) each. Classes run at lunchtime and in the evening on weekdays, and on Saturdays. Please note that tariffs vary for private tuition and for group tuition, so please go to our website for more info (http://sites.google.com/site/ententecordiale24) or contact us directly for a personalized quote (cjc.french.coach@live.co.uk).

1. Course Objectives – by the end of course you will:
• have improved your listening and speaking skills, as well as your reading and writing skills;
• have mastered the vocabulary necessary to understand French news articles about cultural, social, economic and political topics;
• be able to communicate on a range of cultural, social, economic and political topics, state your opinions, participate in debates and discussions, and make presentations in French about these issues;
• have expanded and deepened your knowledge of French language and culture.

2. How is the course taught?
• A communicative approach is used in class, where students will engage in interactive language activities, participating in group and pair work, as well as making individual presentations in front of the whole class.
• Students will be set weekly homework tasks (the teacher will offer guidance in self-study at the beginning of the course). Students will be expected to spend at least 90 minutes per week reading documents, writing summaries, studying vocabulary, and generally preparing for class discussions and presentations.

3. Course Outline:
Topics will vary according to students’ interests, as students are expected to source their own articles, and can choose whatever subject they’re interested in, provided it’s of a cultural, social, political or economic nature. The teacher will prepare a list of contemporary issues for debates and presentations, and students will be able to choose freely from those. Here is a non-exhaustive list of possible topics, to be treated from a French perspective:
• Comment réguler la crise financière internationale ?
• Economie et écologie sont-ils compatibles ?
• Faut-il dérèglementer les services publics ?
• François Hollande : l’homme et le président ;
• L’affaire Cahuzac et ses répercussions ;
• La contestation de la mondialisation libérale ;
• La santé, entre Etat et marché ;
• Le débat actuel sur les politiques de l’emploi ;
• Les enjeux des manipulations génétiques ;
• Les minima sociaux : trappe à inactivité ou dispositif d’insertion ?
• Quel avenir pour l’énergie nucléaire en France ?
• Sauver la planète – oui, mais comment ? etc.

4. Learning Resources:
• Students will receive the list of the resources they need to purchase for the course/for each term upon registration. The total budget for books and other resources ranges between £20 and £40, depending on courses.
• The teacher will also supply various materials, both tailor-made and taken from other sources (textbooks, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, radio & TV, etc.).

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