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French Day

Join us for a half-day program of interactive workshops in French. Geared toward students with at least two years of experience in the language, this immersion program incorporates interactive learning techniques designed to build vocabulary and improve comprehension skills.

Information about Spring 2020 coming in October 2019

French Day 2019 Schedule (29 March).

9:00-9:15 AM: Welcoming remarks and logistics.
9:30-10:20 AM and 10:30-11:20 AM: Presentations (see registration link below to make your selections electronically).
11:20-12:10 PM: Lunch.
12:15-1:30 PM: Film Competition.
Registration and payment information

2019 Workshops:
Sénégal, “Le pays de la téranga”
Seynabou Haith and Aminata Traoré
Try on Senegalese fashions and discover Senegalese music, art, and tourist destinations with two speakers who grew up in this culturally rich country on the Atlantic coast of Africa. From Dakar and St. Louis to Sylvo-Pastorale, they will serve as your guides to the many delights of Senegal and its legendary hospitality.

Un voyage en Bretagne
Professors Harriet Saxon and Kathleen Loysen
Experience a Sunday morning in the charming Breton village of Pornic, on the Atlantic coast. We will wander through the local market and taste some of the local specialties, which include les crêpes, les fraises, les glaces, le fromage et les fruits de mer. C’est la joie de vivre!

French Fashion
Professor Caroline Kheir
French fashion houses like Chanel, Dior, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, and Saint Laurent are practically household names. Their designs illuminate Paris Fashion Week and bring glamor to the red carpet. In this session, we will look at some of the iconic styles and haute couture pieces of the brands. Our cross-cultural discussion will compare French vs. American fashion and address the intersection between fashion, lifestyle, and identity.

Exploring Provence Through Sight, Sound, Touch, Smell, and Taste
Dr. Pascale LaFountain
Roman ruins, Mediterranean beaches, active cultural exchange, and a rich agricultural tradition are just some of the elements that account for the beauty and diversity of Provençal culture. Together, we will explore Provençal lifestyle. Our discovery will engage all the senses, as we together describe images of Provençal countryside, identify the aromas of an herbes de Provence mix, learn to speak – and sing – in Provençal dialect, identify the instruments in Renaissance Provençal music, taste olives, and make a lavender sachet souvenir.

Excuse our French: Le français au quotidien en France et au Québec
Professors Josée Dufour, Elizabeth Emery, and Dustine Finck
Do Québecois and French nationals always speak the same language? You’ll be the judge in this workshop dedicated to familiar Québecois and French expressions and their path to entry in dictionaries. Through discussion and translation of advertisements, television shows, film clips, and web sites dedicated to evaluating new French words, teams will build and take home their own Franco-Québecois dictionaries.