Already have a little French? You are ready for this intermediate class. $199.00 Early-bird
Our next French course is going to be about discovering Louisiana. Did you know that French is still spoken in this Southern state in the U.S.? French culture is still and kicking in Louisiana . Two dialects of French are spoken there: Cajun French and Creole French. We’ll explore those two French dialects (or maybe distinct languages). We’ll talk about the historical and cultural factors that led to the development and preservation of these linguistic traditions. Unique cultural traditions in Louisiana have French roots, such as Mardi Gras and Zydeco music. We’ll also discover the blend of French, African, and Native American influences in the region’s cuisine, music, and dance — all in comprehensible French.
Clifton Chenier and Ida Lewis Guillory, musicians and Mary Alice Fontenot, a writer, are famous Francophones from Louisiane, highlighted in Carla Tarini’s books Qui Parle Francais, 1 and 2. Do you know any Louisiana Cajun recipes ? Have you ever read Afro-Creole Poetry in French from Louisiana’s Radical Civil War-Era Newspapers? They were published in 2020 by The Historic New Orleans Collection. This sheltered subject matter comprehensible French class will delve into aspects of Louisiana you’ve never seen before
Recommended books Qui parle français? by Carla Tarini, Books 1 and 2 highlighting Clifton Chenier and Ida Lewis Guillory, musicians and Mary Alice Fontenot, a writer.
Françoise’s obsession with alligators is a bit concerning, but when she plans a face-to-face encounter, it becomes downright dangerous. As she and her friend Monique secretly venture out into the bayou for an alligator encounter, they discover that both alligators and the bayou are much safer when viewed on TV ! Françoise finds herself in a life-or-death situation, and her only hope for survival rests on the wits of a 13- year-old girl. For the ADVANCED BEGINNER
beginner / intermediate Recommended book for Intermediate-High / Advanced: Au Pays du Rougarou
This French 2+ novel, written in the past tense, is a story of legend, adventure, and love. When Jean-Christophe leaves his native France to study a year in Louisiana, he has no idea that he will be learning more than the American language and culture. He will learn the hard way that some legends are true, that love is complicated, and that sometimes your worst fear will continue to haunt you for a long time. When you open this book, you will step into the Bayou and discover the adventure that awaits…
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Are you a true beginner in French? Start with our Independent Study French course on demand. It is a series of videos and resources from previous classes carefully curated to build your French to the level of a live class quickly. Short 10 question quizzes at the end of each section let you know if you are ready to move on. The value of this course is around $400.00 in live classes and resources, but we use it to launch you into our live classes.
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