The fall 2018 section of Actualités, an advanced conversation course focusing on current events, will highlight issues of interest to people in the French-speaking world. The course is ideal for anyone who likes to follow the news and who can understand written and oral French fairly well.
Actualités will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from September 22 through December 15 (no class the Saturday after Thanksgiving).
Here are a few of the subjects that will be among the topics of discussion in Actualités:
- Women in politics (examples from France, Quebec, United States, Africa).
- The first 18 months of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency (France).
- Sport and politics (France, United States).
- Cultural appropriation and the performing arts (Quebec, United States, France).
- Keeping French alive in Louisiana (United States).
Several days before each meeting of Actualités, students will receive an email with links to articles and/or videos relating to the week’s topic so that participants will have a common base of information. The goal is for class meetings to focus on the art of conversation rather than watching videos or listening to lectures.
Actualités will be taught by David Pritchard with active assistance from Céliane Labouret. Their goal is to make the course fun and interesting for everyone. The best conversations involve listening and posing questions as well as talking; David and Céliane will guide discussions so that everyone participates equally.
David, who grew up in Wisconsin, retired in June from UWM, where he taught media law and journalism. He has been a visiting professor at Université Laval in Quebec, the Institut français de presse in Paris, and the Institut d’études politiques in Lyon.
Céliane was born and raised in Paris. She studied French literature before beginning her teaching career. After teaching at the Lycée Français de New York, a middle school in Guadaloupe, and in the French immersion program at a Montessori school in Milwaukee, Céliane joined the instructional staff of the Alliance Française in 2000.