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Discover French and Francophone culture from a different angle and open-up to new perspectives with our most passionate teachers. Choose from the following seven modules (4 sessions of 2 hours each):

France is the country of the Frères Lumière, origin of the cinema. Catch the French language through films that will make you travel and discover francophonie …

1st Theme: Relationships

  • L’économie du couple, Joachim Lafosse, 2016, Belgique, France ;
  • Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, 2011, Canada ;
  • Les Amours Imaginaires, Xavier Dolan, 2010, Canada.

2nd Theme: Leaving

  • Fatima, Philippe Faucon, 2015, France, Canada ;
  • Aujourd’hui, Alain Gomis, 2011, France, Sénégal ;
  • Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, 2011, Finlande, Allemagne, France.

3rd Theme: Ageing

  • Amour, Michael Haneke, 2012, France, Allemagne, Autriche ;
  • Une Estonienne à Paris, Ilmar Raag, 2012, France, Belgique, Estonie ;
  • Sous le figuier, Anne-Marie Etienne, 2013, France.

4th Theme: Public life vs. private life

  • À mon âge, je me cache encore pour fumer, Rahyana, 2016, France, Grèce, Algérie ;
  • Good luck Algeria, Farid Bentoumi, 2016, France, Belgique ;
  • Much loved, Nabil Ayouch, 2015, Maroc, France.

From 4 persons per group.

Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30am January 13th, 20th and 27th, and February 3rd From level B1
Price : 160€

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Four works chosen and commented by a passionate of art history will allow you to discover unsuspected aspects of the history of France.

On Spring term 2018, let’s talk about Impressionists!

Emotion, surprise and wonder guaranteed!

PART 1

Paintings :

Auguste Renoir: Le bal du Moulin de la Galette (1876)

Edouard Manet : Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1862-1863)

Gustave Caillebotte : Rue de Paris, temps de pluie (1877)

Claude Monet : Le bassin aux Nymphéas, harmonie verte (1899)

From 4 persons per group.

Thursdays from 17.00 to 19.00 18th, 25th of January, 1st, 2nd of February From level B1

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PART 2

Paintings :

– Eugène BOUDIN: La Jetée de Deauville (1869)

– Frédéric BAZILLE: L’atelier de Bazille (1870)

– Claude MONET: Régates à Argenteuil (1872)

– Berthe MORISOT: Le berceau (1872)

From 4 persons per group.

Thursdays from 17.00 to 19.00 22th, 29th of march, 5th and 12th of april 2018 From level B1

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Revisit classics or discover the latest French-language literary publications following themes such as: feelings, travel, characters, nature…

Part one: Sylvain Tesson, Dans les forêts de Sibérie. This diary of the six-month voluntary exile of the author on the shores of the Baïkal Lake will make you experience an adventure in which nature, seasons and solitude are always present.

  • The author, solitude and others
  • The connection with nature and the animals
  • The reasons for isolation
  • The seasons

From 4 persons per group.

Friday from 15.00 to 17.00 19th and 26th /01; 2nd and 16th/02 From level B1
Price : 160€

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You like the French language, its musicality, its presence, its multiplicity. Come and discover the logic of its grammatical exceptions, the origin of its words and the discreet charm of dictation

PART 1

  • History of language
  • The different French past tenses
  • French words origin
  • Pivot dictation

From 4 persons per group.

Tuesday from 17.00 to 19.00 January 23rd, 30th, February 13th, 27th From level B1
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You like the French language, its musicality, its presence, its multiplicity. Come and discover the logic of its grammatical exceptions, the origin of its words and the discreet charm of dictation

PART 2

  • Theme 1 : Le français parisien
  • Theme 2 : L’argot
  • Theme 3 : Le français marseillais
  • Theme 4 : Le français québécois

From 4 persons per group.

Tuesday from 17.00 to 19.00 March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th of March From level B1
Price : 160€

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Four periods illustrated and commented with passion by our teacher, Christian Subra, will allow you to discover the hidden sides of French and European History.

PART 1

The spirit of Enlightenment

The concept of Enlightenment was created in the eighteenth century in several European countries. Nowadays, as it is the foundation of our modern identity, it shades a light on our current behavior

  • a European education
  • a cultural itinerary
  • a common European culture
  • immigration

From 4 persons per group.

Thursdays from 17.00 to 19.00 February 15th, March 1st, 8th, 15th From level B1
Price : 160€

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PART 2

“Les Lumières dans le monde”

Enlightenment was born in Europe, but its philosophy is shared by the whole of humanity.

This universality can be found in great cultural areas: Potsdam in Germany, Enlightenment in England, St. Petersburg in Russia, Viipuri in Finland.

  • Netherlands
  • England
  • Russia
  • The Habsburg Empire

From 4 persons per group.

Thursdays from 17.00 to 19.00 April 19th, 26th, May 3rd, 17th From level B1
Price : 160€

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The evolution and the main architectural secrets over four periods from medieval times to Gothic art. Discover French sites, identify styles and grasp perspective.

Saint-Martin de Chapaize, a church representative of XIth century burgundy roman art; The influence of the Cluny Abbey. Vocabulary of architecture. Drawing of the external shapes of a roman church.

Jumièges, a XIth century roman church. Discovery of Normand roman art. Study of the span and the front façade of the church. The floor plan of a church. Recomposing the different parts.

Notre-Dame de Laon, a transition between roman and gothic styles. Picardie’s magnificent cathedrals. Drawing of the section of a gothic cathedral.

Notre Dame de Paris, Study of its construction process, its tumultuous story, its restoration by Viollet-le-Duc. Study of the three main portals. Drawing of an ideal portal. Overview of the gothic style evolution.

From 4 persons per group.

Wednesday from 17.00 – 19.00 March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th From level B1
Price : 160€

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Food plays a strong role in the construction of the French national identity: gastronomy initiated by Louis XIV, developed by Napoléon and then by the 3rd Republic, has existed through all of French history to build this famous cultural trait: French argue about everything but agree on cuisine.

  • Origins
  • Art of the table
  • A taste revolution
  • French cuisine

From 4 persons per group.

Friday from 15.00 to 17.00 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th of april
From level B1
Prix : 160€

INSCRIPTIONS

For a better knowledge of the power of lyrics and the poetry of the French language, engaged singers of yesterday and today. A rendez-vous with surprise, creativity and interaction !

From 4 persons per group.

From level B1
Price : 160€

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