Teaching Teachers of French Through Technology and Cinema

Though Emmanuelle Vanborre, associate professor of French and chair of Languages and Linguistics, spent much of her summer in her native country of France, she’ll be bringing her scholarship August 22 to Boston’s French Consulate. In a workshop on cinema and French language acquisition, Vanborre will explore the use of technology in the language classroom through online activities that help students learn language and culture.

As part of an annual summer university co-sponsored by the French Cultural Center and the Consulate, the two and a half day training offers seminars ranging from “Cinema for French Conversations” to the usage of interactive learning sites in the classroom. The equivalent of 15 hours of complete French immersion, the seminar offers intensive training in language and cultural activities to New England French teachers (K-12 – university).

Here’s what Vanborre wrote about her workshop: “Boston College graduate students created a series of web sites for use by middle school to college level students of French, Italian, and Spanish. These sites contain activities written by graduate students that can only be completed by examining existing L2 web pages written for and by L2 speakers. My presentation will concentrate on French sites. It will explore numerous ways to make students proficient readers and writers, and to integrate art, culture and literature in the curriculum through technology. The strategies I’ll present will facilitate comprehension and expression by focusing on developing reading and writing skills while enhancing background knowledge of culture, history, geography, and politics.”


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