essays & commentaries & other writing

“judici d’amor e razos de trobar” (literally) translated to 2019, respectful workplaces, and fictional chatbots

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Resources: French grammar

img_0591This post is mainly for beginners (Common European Framework of Reference A1) and intermediate (A2-B1) levels of French, though those resources that are in French (ex. Connectigramme) would be appropriate for a range of levels and for people who aren’t interested in the “levels” business at all but are learning French for other—general or specific—purposes: from travel to reading Proust. (more…)

On revising for exams (2018 version)

Welcome to this year’s updated version of the revision guide for one of the courses that I coordinate, beginners’ French. The original post is at UBC Blogs > FREN 101 & 102 Resources > Révisions : FREN 101. Its ancestor is at that course’s old site and first appeared there in 2014; I made a new site for this year as part of redesigning the course. Of course, the main actual exam revision guidance and general exam season guidance haven’t changed since then, nor indeed have they since predecessors that circulated orally; I’d say the same things in the last class every term in every language, literature, and culture course I’ve ever taught, back to 2001. (Does such guidance ever change? The classic complaint and old lament of traditional knowledge dismissed as non-knowledge, until it is stolen for profit by others and translated into authoritative publication and official sanction.)


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Making beginners’ French more inclusive: reflexive verbs (introduction) with bonobos

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Conceptually-difficult French: se reposer et se détendre

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On translation (including a very short story)

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