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3645003French Language and Literature (Seminars)

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Numbering Code
  • G-LET21 73645 SJ36
Term 2020/First semester
Number of Credits 2 credits
Course Type Seminar
Target Student Graduate
Language フランス語
Day/Period Thu.4
Instructor(s)
  • Graduate School of Letters, Program-Specific Associate Professor Raphaelle BRIN
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course aims to help students increase their conversation ability while introducing them to French contemporary society and culture.
Particular emphasis will be placed on interactional skills and class time will be spent engaging in practice debates and other speaking exercises.
Different kinds of documents will be analyzed to start the discussion, such as press articles, radio or tv programs, documentaries, songs, etc. The course will be based on cultural, social and political current events. Each lecture will focus on a different topic.
Course Goals This course is designed to help students:
- gain confidence and experience in public speaking
- improve their argumentative skills
- engage in critical thinking and debate with others
- explore intercultural issues
- develop a deeper understanding of French contemporary society and culture
Schedule and Contents After an introductory lecture (week 1) presenting the goals and exercices of the course, we will debate on various themes, through written and visual documents (week 2-15).
This class requires active oral participation.
Grading Policy Attendance and participation are essential for this course. Students are expected to fully and actively participate by expressing their own thoughts or opinions, but also listening carefully to others and asking questions. The students will be evaluated through continuous assessment : this includes oral participation, interaction with the others, but also a short presentation in front of the class.
Prerequisites The course is open to every kind of students with this only condition that they can speak and understand enough French to participate in a discussion and read the documents.
Preparation and Review Students are invited to read the documents given during the class and to regularly check French newspapers websites to identify the main current events.