Oct 06 2016
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Sep 30 2016
Astérix et Obélix are two Cartoon characters from the most French Cartoon ever named by them.
I’m gonna try to talk to you a bit about them right before the projection happening on Ford Theatre and make you catch up with the running jokes to enjoy even more !
So if you want to learn more about France and laugh a lot,
come on Sunday.
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Sep 22 2016
A new old dance is sweeping people off their feet!
The current progression of gender equality laws in France
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Mar 02 2016
Both Willamette students and high school students from the Salem area alike came together last saturday for the second annual French immersion day. Organized by the Willamette University french department in the World Languages Studio, French immersion day offered students a chance to experience the language and culture through a mixture of activities, games, and of course plenty of food.
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Feb 09 2016
Crêpes, music, and festivities at the world languages studio, none other than the Willamette french club!
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Feb 03 2016
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Jan 27 2016
The French Department at Willamette University is happy to announce a Monday evening film series to be held in conjunction with Professor Bumatay’s French 241 course on immigration and identity in contemporary France. Each Monday from 7-9pm in Ford 122, French and Francophone films will be screened with English subtitles from Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave classic, to Welcome, Philippe Lioret’s sober look at immigration in Europe today.
1/18 – Breathless
1/25 – Sugarcane Alley
2/1 – Chocolat
2/8 – The Battle of Algiers
2/15 – Black Night: 17 October 1961
2/22 – Sunday, God Willing
2/29 – Salut, Cousin!
3/7 – The Promess
(Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
3/14 – Hidden
3/28 – Hate
4/4 – The Class
4/11 – The Secret of the Grain
4/18 – Le Havre
4/25 – Welcome
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Oct 06 2015
Bonjour à tous!
I am Emmanuelle (or Manu) and I’m the French Teaching Assistant at Willamette this year. Most of you have already met me (whether when I introduced myself in the different French classes or during my tutoring hours), but here are a few things about me:
Here is a photo of me wearing the very stereotypical outfit of a French person (beret, red scarf and sailor-stripe jersey)
Normandie is quite famous worldwide for its landing beaches (DDay), where the Allies landed on June 6th 1944. Here is a photo of Omaha Beach (one of the 5 landing beaches along with Juno Beach, Sword Beach, Gold Beach, and Utah Beach), the beach assigned to the American landings. The landing on Omaha was the most deadly of all, with about 4,000 American soldiers killed, wounded and missing – hence the beach’s nickname “Omaha la Sanglante” (“Bloody Omaha”).
It is also in this very region where you can find l’Abbaye du Mont St Michel, which is the third most visited monument in France (after the “Tour Eiffel” and the “Chateau de Versailles”) with more than two and half million visitors a year.
Caen (the city where I was born) is one of the main cities of Normandie and is home to William the Conqueror’s castle, which was built around 1060. William the Conqueror, who became Duke of Normandy in 1035, was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. The castle of Caen is still one of the oldest fortified castles of Europe today.
Situated next to the castle is the University of Caen, one of the oldest universities in France. Built in 1432 by the King of England, Henry VI, the university was completely destroyed during the WWII ally bombings in July 1944 and was then rebuilt entirely, hence the fact that the Phoenix is its symbol. The university welcomes about 26,000 students every year and offers a large variety of fields of study.
Normandie is also famous for its food, and more specifically for its dairy products such as milk, cream, butter, cheese but also for its apples, cider, calvados (a distilled cider or apple brandy), and seafood.
Even though I often complain about the rainy weather in Normandie, I love my region for its rural character, its rich history, its landscapes, and the opportunities it offers in terms of culture, sports, studies, etc.
I am a huge sports fan – I love both practicing sports and watching sports on TV or attending matches/sporting events when I have the opportunity. My favorite sports are track and field, handball, and rugby.
I studied English at the University of Caen (Language, Literature and Foreign Civilization) and specialized in American Civilization for my Research Master’s Degree dissertation. I decided to study English and US Civilization in particular because I’ve always been attracted to the English language and interested in discovering other cultures and the history of other countries. Ideally, I would like to teach American civilization at a University in France so after my year at Willamette, I will go back to University to finish my studies and hopefully become a teacher one day.
This year at Willamette will therefore be a great cultural exchange and teaching experience for me, and I will try to do my best to help you in French. So do not hesitate to send me an email or come and see me if you have any questions/problems. Here is a reminder of my tutoring and conversational sessions:
French tutoring hours (Ford Hall):
French table (Goudy):
Basic Conversational French class (WLT 21):
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Feb 07 2015
Bonjour tout le monde!
Ça va? Moi, ça va, actually I’m really excited to tell you about what some of you missed this week and, at the same time, I can’t help feeling sorry, precisely because not all of you came to the Portland Opera with the French Department! So, here’s what you missed in Glee the French Department‘s Adventures!
Last Wednesday, we had the great opportunity to go up to Portland for the Carmen dress rehearsal. For most of us, it was our first time attending an opera, so you can imagine how breathtaking the auditorium appeared to us. But it was nothing compared to the orchestra, down the stage, nothing compared to the sceneries and costumes and finally, it was nothing compared to the outstanding performance of the singers!
Carmen is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet! It was first performed in Paris in 1875 and it has been a real success since then. We were lucky because the show had English subtitles to make sure that everyone understood. For those who still don’t know the story of Carmen, here’s for you:
And here’s another reason why you should come to the French Department events, check this out! 😉
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Nov 06 2014
Many of you came and tasted delicious cheese from various different regions of France at last nights wonderful Soirée Fromages organized by the French department and French club!
Here are some pictures of people enjoying one of France’s most important culinary traditions.
Saint-Marcellin, Comté, Saint Agur Blue, Abbay de Belloc and Brie de Meaux
Les Beaux Fromages!
Cheese makes Jack dance with joy!
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