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FRN 04 — French Conversation and Culture

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 4
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $500
Instructor(s): Maria Teodora Comsa
Limit: 27
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 20
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 25—Dec 4
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
2 Units
Maria Teodora Comsa
Please Note: No class on November 20
Discover French cinema and music while improving your French conversation skills. A continuation of the “Beginning French” series, this course uses guided instruction to develop your ability to converse in French, building vocabulary and facility with the language along with an appreciation for cultural products of the francophone world. You will use popular cinematic and musical productions as a springboard for conversation and enhance your ability to narrate and describe in the past, present, and future. In class we will engage in interpersonal situations and discuss topics presented from popular films like Amelie and The Intouchables, as well as current music from Stromae to Zaz. Class activities will include pair and group discussions, and brief oral and written reports. Upon completion of the course, you will gain a better understanding of contemporary francophone cultures and be able to discuss them and your own experiences in French with greater ease and sophistication.

This second-year course is intended for students who have completed “Beginning French III” in Stanford Continuing Studies or its equivalent.

Maria Teodora Comsa, Lecturer in French, Stanford

Maria Teodora Comsa received a PhD in French language and literature from Stanford. Her specialization is French literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, with an emphasis on theater. Her research interests include second-language acquisition, 18th-century French theater, French cinema, and digital humanities.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.