Bonjour y’all! Our interactive language-learning blog continues with a #multicultural and #multilingual look at cinema around the world. Cette fois… la belle FRANCE! Read on about why we love foreign films for language learning – beyond the obvious la drôlerie! Intermediate learners, enjoy the first clip and practice your French with the sentences below. Still a beginner? Not a problem, watch the second clip with subtitles! Allez!
The Freestyle Methodology: Authentic Materials
FLC embraces film as a centerpiece of our innovative curriculum for multiple reasons. As an authentic material (technically meaning ‘created by those of the target language for those of the target language’), film allows us to learn language as it’s truly spoken. Every day, colloquial language, accents, mannerisms, expressions, even ‘des gros mots‘ (‘swearing’ merde alors!) must be experienced in context.
Speaking of context, what is language without the ‘5th skill’, cultural competency?! Rien selon FLC. Language is often taught in a cultural void through textbooks, but the use of film and authentic materials deepens understanding of the ‘target culture’ as well as language. Not to mention, it’s entertaining – c’est fun!
Voila, allez! Molière, a highly popular and beloved French film, takes the center stage of our intermediate French IV(A) course. While our students continue building foundational skills in grammar, we practice everyday speaking through the context of theatre, literature, comedy, etc. And, of course, we stay culturally engaged by discussing the film’s historical background comme la cour du roi…en français! C’est marrant tout ça!
Intermediate learners, votre mission, should you choose to accept it:
Enjoy this entertaining and light-hearted trailer for Molière (2007) and test your comprehension through the follow-up questions. Comment with your answers below! Des questions? Vous n’avez qu’à nous demander. We’ll get back to you!
Regardez la bande-annonce (trailer) et puis répondez aux questions, si le coeur vous en dit!
- D’après vous, à quelle époque se situe l’histoire du film?
- Selon vous, de quel genre de film s’agit-il? Expliquez brièvement votre réponse.
- Molière, qui était-il?
Beginners, votre mission, should you choose to accept it:
Allez plus loin…! A few of our teachers’ favorite films:
1. C.R.A.Z.Y., 2005: A recent work from our French-speaking neighbors of Quebec
2. La Grande Vadrouille, 1966: A timeless French classic featuring the great comic actor Louis de Funes
3. La Haine, 1995: A black and white, suspense-filled drama has become a cult classic in France and around the world
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**Remember to comment below with your answers to the questions (in French) and our teachers will get back to you!**