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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 I (FREN 101) and II (FREN 102). The original post is at UBC Blogs > FREN 101 & 102 Resources > Révisions. 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.)

UPDATED 2019-04 to include revision guides for FREN 102.


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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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Poeticising language learning for beginners (feat. Apollinaire for #ApollinR18)

7E0F4A9A-6C48-4D24-B5A9-6E32507A3128Welcome to a second post remembrancing Guillaume Apollinaire, through keeping his poetry alive by sharing it with others and opening it up to continued reading and to creative continuation. It’s never too late or too early to start: this post is about an assignment for a beginners’ French course (UBC FREN 101). The assignment itself can be adapted to put into practice a range of lexical and grammatic knowledge and can be tweaked to different learning levels, and its underlying raison d’être ideas can be translated to other languages (modern or ancient, living or dead or sleeping) and their cultures.
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“Savoir-vivre” plurilingual intercultural learning portfolios

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WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE: UBC 2018 FREN 101

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