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FRN 20 — French Conversation Through Film

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 5
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 9
Units: 2
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Maria Teodora Comsa
Limit: 27
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 21
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 26—Dec 5
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 9
2 Units
Maria Teodora Comsa
Please Note: No class on November 21
Improve your listening and conversational skills in French through cinema and music. A continuation of the “Beginning French” series, this course develops students’ abilities to understand spoken French and converse with greater ease, at the same time discovering the cultural creations of the francophone world. Using popular cinematic and musical productions as a springboard for conversation, students will enhance their ability to understand and comment on them through narrations and descriptions in spoken French. Topics for discussion will also include leisure activities and cuisine. Students will acquire the vocabulary and grammatical structures needed to discuss cultural topics as they appear in film. They will also engage in interpersonal situations and practice through pair activities, group discussions, and brief oral and written reports. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to understand and discuss French culture (e.g., music and movies) with greater sophistication and accuracy.

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 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.