Montaigne considered conversations as the “most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds.” From 17th-century French salons to the diverse forms and voices of online media, conversations reflect and shape our lives. This natural penchant for causeries not only continues to permeate the whole society, it also impregnates other forms of representation. Magritte’s “Art of conversation” where stone letter blocks spell out a capital “RÊVE,” is reminiscent of a political utopia conversation embodies. In this course, students will both study and practice the French art of conversation. Tuesday classes will be devoted to the study of conversation as an object of cultural and philological inquiry, while Friday classes will allow students to exchange with students of the Université de Tours (Loire Valley) and students of the Université des Antilles (Carribean), around pre-selected topics that will include race, class, gender, culture, and education. Intermediate-high. Conducted in French.
❖ effectively communicate ideas in the target language, both orally and in writing
❖ understand, situate, evaluate, and critique various types of discourse within multiple contexts
❖ analyze the ideas and the concepts from the perspectives of the culture studied
❖ raise valid and rational questions and analyze the questions from the perspective of the culture they study
❖ form ideas and opinions based on their research and logically state and express their thoughts coherently and cohesively in the target language
❖ conduct research independently
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: At least two years of college-level French or permission of the instructor.
Corequisites: Attend 2 CSL Series events
Course Level: 4000-level
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses , French , Fully In-Person
Tags: culture , French , other , speaking