Sound Bites (FRE4403.01)

Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly

In this course, students will examine various elements of French “oraliture” (or oral literature and culture transmitted by word of mouth) that will also allow for a focus on the language itself. Through the exploration of a wide variety of “sound bites” – songs, poems, podcasts, riddles, and tales – students will hone their linguistic skills and enrich their understanding of the economical, historical, social, and racial realities of French-speaking contexts that encompass the Caribbean, Inuit territories, Southern France and New Caledonia. Oral and written assignments, conversation practice, and oral presentations will help students develop aural and speaking skills, enrich their understanding and improve their use of French syntax, expand their vocabulary, and deepen their critical skills. Intermediate-low level. Conducted in French.


Learning Outcomes:
-review basic grammatical structures
-improve speaking and listening abilities through the use of authentic materials
-creating with language at the complex sentence level
-developing strategies for reporting information in writing and orally
-developing strategies for presenting arguments and hypotheses
-understanding complex cultural practices and their contexts
-challenging stereotypes about French culture and soundscape by highlighting the importance of cross-cultural contacts on French culture


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Intermediate-low level French proficiency. Instructor's permission - contact: nrouxel-cubberly@bennington.edu
Corequisites: Attendance at 2 Language Series events.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , French , Fully In-Person
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