Hi guys! Been working hard on your French? I have been giving you so many tools lately to work on your language that I thought you could use some links that relate to culture.
First of all, if you haven’t already spent time exploring the LLC French website, you should really do this. It has a huge number of great links for culture, music, art, history, the works. I want to point out a couple of these links that you can check out this week (maybe during your long weekend for mid-semester break).
The first set of links I want to show you is under the LLC French Culture section entitled Francophone Africa. This might be helpful to some of you taking the advanced Francophone Literature class (a great way to find your project topic). Here is a list of links to African news sources, information pages about the cultures of Francophone Africa, including sports, music, and literature. You can take a quiz about Amadou’s native Senegalese culture or read articles about African Women Writers. Also, these links are all in French so you will still be working on your language skills. Keep in mind, if you are having trouble understanding, you can use the WordChamp feature WebReader to help you (see last weeks blog).
The next link I want to show you isn’t actually off the LLC website, but you should all familiarize yourselves with it anyways. The Louvre museum of Paris has the entire collection in their website at http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home.jsp?bmLocale=en. The site is in French and English and you can take digital tours in both languages. You can also see the collections in great digital detail and get a crash course in French Art history from Delacroix to David.
Okay, last tool for the week is Del.icio.us. If you are having trouble keeping track of all these links, this website will help you take them with you wherever you go. On the simplest level, del.icio.us is a useful way to keep all your bookmarks online. If you use more than one computer or more than one browser, that’s a great advantage. You click a button on your browser, and up pops a form (mostly filled out) — you add some tags or keywords, and click save. That’s it. You can also share your bookmarks and see who has bookmarked your sites.
Okay guys, go forth and try out all these tools and then send me some feedback on how they are working out for you. If there is anything else you want to see in the blog, let me know at . See you next week!