Nov 10 2012

hernandm

Semaine française… French Week!

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Bonjour à tous ! Hello everybody!

La France s’invite sur le campus de Willamette du 12 au 16 novembre pendant la Semaine française !!! De nombreuses activités vont être organisées pour promouvoir la France, la langue et la culture française ainsi que la francophonie ! Venez nombreux !!!

France invites itself on Willamette campus from 12th to 16th November during the French Week!!! A lots of activities are organized in order to promote France, the French language and culture as well as Francophonie! Please feel free to attend!!!

  • Compétitions de devinettes : surveillez votre boîte mail et participez en trouvant les réponses aux devinettes. Soyez le plus rapide, répondez aux cinq devinettes du lundi au vendredi et gagnez un prix à la fin de la semaine !
  • Riddles’ competition: watch out for your email box and find the answers to the riddles. Be the quickest, reply to the five riddles from monday to friday and win a prize at the end of the week!

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Marathon du cinéma français lundi, mercredi et jeudi de 19h à 21h dans le bâtiment Ford, salle 101 (Language Learning Studio)

French Movies’ Marathon Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9pm in Ford Building, room 101

  • Lundi 12 novembre : OSS 117 : Le Caire Nid d’Espions / Monday 12th November: OSS 117, Nest of Spies

  • Mercredi 14 novembre : Axtérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre / Wednesday 14th November: Astérix and Obélix : Mission Cleopatra

  • Jeudi 15 novembre : Les Visiteurs / Thursday 15th November : The Visitors

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Cours de cuisine : Venez apprendre à faire des crêpes et bien sûr à les manger ensuite !
Cooking class: Come and learn how to cook crêpes and eat them afterwards of course!


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Dégustation de fromages français / French cheeses’ tasting!

Mercredi 14 novembre de 16h à 18h, Montag Den / Wednesday 14th November from 4 to 6pm, Montag Den


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Oct 18 2012

hernandm

La Journée de la Jupe… Skirt’s Day

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Vaut mieux tard que jamais, j’organise enfin ma première soirée du cinéma français à Willamette Mercredi 24 octobre à 19h dans le World Language Studio, salle 101, bâtiment Ford!

Je vous attend nombreux et nombreuses pour la projection de la Journée de la Jupe, un film réalisé par Jean-Paul Lilenfeld avec la très célèbre actrice française Isabelle Adjani. Primé de 3 Césars, dont le César de la Meilleure Actrice à Isabelle Adjani et le César du Meilleur Film de l’année, ce film incarne le renouveau du cinéma français.

Voilà la synopsis du film :

“Sonia Bergerac, professeur dans un collège, est au bord de la dépression nerveuse depuis que son mari l’a quitté. Un matin, elle découvre une arme cachée dans le sac d’un élève. Elle s’en empare et, involontairement, tire sur l’un d’entre eux. Paniquée, elle prend la classe en otage…” (Allociné.fr)

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Better late than never, I finally organize my first french movie night at Willamette U on Wednesday, October 24 from 7 to 9pm in the World Language Studio, Room 101, Ford building.

I will be waiting for all of you to show you the Skirt’s day, a movie by Jean-Paul Lilenfeld with the very famous french actress Isabelle Adjani. It won three Césars (Highest French Movie Rewards) among them the César of the best actress for Isabelle Adjani and for the Best French Movie of the Year. Skirt’s Day embodies the renewal of successful French cinema’s industry.

Here is the sypnosis:

“Sonia Bergerac (Adjani) is a French literature teacher who favours wearing a skirt and teaches at a high school in a bad neighborhood. She increasingly resents the daily burden of violence and interaction with unmotivated students, even more so since the departure of her husband.

During the rehearsal of a theatre play with one of her classes, she finds a gun in a student’s bag. She struggles to grab the gun, and a shot is fired accidentally that injures the student’s leg. Totally overwhelmed, she loses control and takes her class hostage, opportunistically creating a proper — although biased — teaching environment.” (Wikipedia.org)

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Oct 01 2012

hernandm

La grammaire française… ouille ! French grammar… ouch!

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Salut tout le monde !

Voilà un mois que je suis à Willamette en tant qu’assistante de français et que je vois régulièrement des étudiants de tous les niveaux apprenant la langue de Molière. Ah, le français, considéré comme la langue romantique par excellence ! Bien sûr, être romantique n’est pas donné tout le monde, mais avec un peu de pratique et d’efforts, tout le monde peut y arriver. C’est exactement ce qui se passe avec la grammaire française, c’est une relation de longue haleine et de patience qu’il faut entretenir avec elle. Il faut bien reconnaître que telle une histoire d’amour, la grammaire française dépasse souvent la logique, la raison et l’entendement ! De plus c’est une relation à envisager sur le long terme, même pour les  natifs francophones : et oui, nous aussi nous avons quelques fois besoin d’un coup de pouce !

Je dédie donc ces quelques sites web à tous les élèves francophones, à tous les francophiles et aussi à tous mes amis qui ne s’entendent pas avec “Mlle Grammaire” !

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Hi everybody,

I’ve been in Willamette for one month and I’ve been meeting a lot of students regularly, from all levels, learning Molière’s language. Ah, French, considered to be THE archetypal language of romance ! Of course, to be romantic is not innate, but with a bit of practice and efforts, everybody can achieve it. It is exactly what happens with French grammar, it is a long and tedious relationship you have to maintain with it. As in a love story, French grammar is often beyond reason, logic and belief! Moreover, it’s a long-term relationship, even for French-speaking natives: yes, we all need to be given a hand once in a while!

I dedicate these websites to all the French-learning students, to all Francophiles, and to all my friends which don’t get along very well with “Miss Grammar”!

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http://la-conjugaison.nouvelobs.com/ : ce site est magique, il contient les tables de conjugaison de plus de 9000 verbes, des exercices de grammaire en tout genre, un dictionnaire… Une mine d’or !

This website is magic, it includes conjugating tables, grammar exercises, a dictionnary… A gold mine!

Un deuxième site Bonjour de France, très bien fait, on peut choisir les exercices selon le niveau de chacun.

A second very handy website, you can choose your exercises according to your level.

Enfin un troisième site, en anglais cette fois : IELanguages

Finally, a third site, in English this time:

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Sep 23 2012

hernandm

Les films français, pas si mal que ça ! French movies, not that bad!

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Bonjour tout le monde !

Dans le cadre de son cours, la professeure Mme Ponnou-Delaffon invite tous les étudiants de français à la projection de deux films français au mois d’octobre et de novembre. Voici les bandes annonces. Venez nombreux !

Hi everybody,

Professor Ponnou-Delaffon invites all french students to the projection of two french movies in October and November. Here are the trailers ! Please come along !

La Haine, Lundi 15 octobre à 19h, University Center, UC – Alumni Lounge (Putnam Center – mail office, Bistro -3ème étage

La Haine, Monday 15 October at 7pm, University Center, UC – Alumni Lounge (Putnam Center – mail office, Bistro – 3rd floor

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Être et avoir, lundi 19 novembre à 19h, University Center, UC – Alumni Lounge (Putnam Center – mail office, Bistro -3ème étage

Être et avoir, Monday 19 November at 7pm, University Center, UC – Alumni Lounge (Putnam Center – mail office, Bistro – 3rd floor

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Sep 14 2012

namr

French Club Crêpe Table! (block party event)

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The French Club will be selling crêpes today, Friday September 14th, on Mill St. on Willamette Campus from 4 to 6.30!

One crêpe and two toppings will be only $2! So definitely come to support the club and eat crêpes. Our cabinet will be selling them so you can meet us too. :D Basically, it’s going to be fantastic.

Toppings:

Strawberries

Bananas

Nutella

Peanut Butter

Whipped cream

Lemon syrup

Butter

We’re waiting for you!

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Sep 08 2012

hernandm

Faite pour enseigner… Born to teach…

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Salut tout le monde,

Aujourd’hui je vais vous parler de mon parcours scolaire et de ce qui fait qu’aujourd’hui je suis professeur d’anglais en France et assistante de français aux Etats-Unis. L’anglais et moi, c’est un peu comme une histoire d’amour : un coup de foudre et on ne s’est plus jamais quitté.

J’ai fait ma Licence d’anglais LLCE à l’Université de Provence puis ma première année de Master à Middlesex University à Londres, Grande-Bretagne. J’ai fini mon Master Enseignement et Formation en anglais en juin 2012 à l’IUFM d’Aix-en-Provence.

Je pense que j’ai découvert ma vocation d’enseigner au lycée (Lycée Paul Arène, Sisteron, 04) où deux professeures de littérature et d’anglais ont été décisives dans mon choix de carrière. Je ne les remercierai jamais assez. J’ai commencé mes études à l’université et j’ai été assistante d’éducation dans un collège (Collège Maria Borrély, Digne-les-Bains, 04) pendant trois ans (2007-2010) et ça a été une très belle expérience, aussi bien professionnellement qu’humainement parlant. Ces trois ans ont conforté mon désir d’enseigner.

J’ai tenté l’aventure Fulbright en novembre 2011, si on m’avait dit à ce moment-là que j’allais être choisie pour partir enseigner aux Etats-Unis, je leur aurais ri au nez ! Mais mon rêve s’est réalisé. Je fais du tutorat et je tiens un cours de conversation tous les mardis de 16h à 17h, c’est le moment fort de la semaine, je l’attends avec impatience ! J’ai un groupe de dix élèves géniales, motivées et avec un très bon niveau de français. Nous avons parlé des clichés américains et français, de la politique et prochainement du droit des femmes.

Bref je suis faite pour enseigner !

Hi everybody,

Today I’m going to talk about my student career which enlightens why I’m an English teacher in France and a French teaching assistant in the States. English and me, it’s like a love relationship: love at first sight and we’ve been together since.

I studied for my Bachelor’s in English Language, Literature and History at l’Université de Provence then I did my first year of Master’s at Middlesex University in London, UK. I finished my Master’s in Teaching and Education, e English as a second language, in June 2012 at the IUFM d’Aix-en-Provence.

I think I got aware of my teaching vocation during high school (Lycée Paul Arène, Sisteron, 04) where two teachers of literature and English were decisive in my future career’s choice. I’m indebted with them forever.  As I started my Bachelor’s at university, I got hired as a teaching assistant in a high school (Collège Maria Borrély, Digne-les-Bains, 04) for three years (2007-2010) and it had been a great experience, professionally as well as humanly. Those three years comforted my teaching vocation.

I attempted the Fulbright adventure in November 2011 and if one would have told me that I was going to be picked I would have laughed at them. But my dream came true.  I give tutoring sessions and I teach a conversational class every Tuesday from 4 to 5pm, it’s my week’s highlight, I look forward to it! I’ve a group of ten students who are very lively and motivated and have a very good French level. We talked about French and American clichés, about politics and about women’s rights next week.

Well, I’m born to teach!

Here’s a picture of the Fulbright Summer Orientation in Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York State, gathering a part of all the Fulbright language teaching assistants from all around the world.

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Sep 01 2012

hernandm

Une petite bleue sur le campus… A freshie on campus…

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Bonjour tout le monde !

Je m’appelle Maria Hernandez et je suis l’assistante Fulbright de français cette année à Willamette University. Je suis venue à tous les cours de français me présenter et j’ai vu pas mal d’entre vous aux heures de tutorat, mais pour ceux et celles qui ne me connaissent pas, j’espère faire votre connaissance prochainement ! Avoir été choisie par le programme Fulbright est un grand honneur et je suis fière de représenter la France et d’être une ambassadrice de la culture française aux Etats-Unis.

Parlons un peu de moi : Je viens de Les Mées, un petit village magnifique, niché dans les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (département 04), à environ une heure de Marseille et deux heures de la Côte d’Azur… bref le paradis ! Ce petit village d’environ 3600 âmes est célèbre grâce aux Pénitents, une formation géologique qui évoque, selon la légende, un groupe de moines coiffés de capuches pointues.

A bientôt !

Hello everybody,

My name is Maria Hernandez and I am the Fulbright French Teaching Assistant at Willamette University for this year. I’ve introduced myself to most of the students in all French classes and I’ve met most of you during my tutoring hours, but for those I haven’t met yet I hope to get to know you very soon. To have been chosen by the Fulbright program is a great honor and I am very proud to represent my home-country France and to be a French culture ambassador in the United States of America.

Let’s talk a bit about me : I come from Les Mées, an amazing village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (département 04), one hour drive away from Marseille and two hours drive from the French Riviera… I live in paradise! This small 3600 inhabitants village is famous thanks to a peculiar geologic formation, Les Pénitents. According to the legend the rocks resemble a procession of hooded monks with their pointed cowls.

See you soon!

Les Mées sur la carte / Les Mées on a map

Les Mées

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Feb 28 2012

mrazloga

COME TO INTERNATIONAL FOOD WEEK!

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Jan 25 2012

nshevche

Coffee, Moulin Rouge and The Artist

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BONNE ANNEE !!! MEILLEURS VOEUX !!!

Welcome back and best wishes for this new year!
I’d like to include a few different things in this post, starting with a few pictures of the events we had at the end of last semester, and with a couple of announcements regarding this week and this semester.

First, pictures of our CHESTNUT ROASTING and FRENCH DANCE MUSIC NIGHT on Dec 8th!!! :)

This semester, a French comedy, “Les Fourberies de Scapin”, will be performed by Willamette students on March 1st-4th (8pm March 1st-3rd, 2pm March 4th, duration about an hour, free entrance, in Kaneko Auditorium). The play will be in French but with a lot of mimes and some English narration. We’re working a lot on the visual and we intend to make it very enjoyable for people who do not speak a word of French – and we’re having a lot of fun rehearsing this month. To give you an idea of what it could look like, here are a couple of pictures of the show we had two years ago when I was working on the same play, in New Zealand:

We’ll also have a French Coffee, Cookies and Games Time EVERY WEDNESDAY around 4pm in the BISTRO!

Tomorrow’s movie for the FRENCH MOVIE NIGHTS, after “Le Père Noël est une ordure” last week, will be “MOULIN ROUGE”, in English (let’s take it slow to begin the semester):

Finally, “The Artist”, one of the latest French movies, with Jean Dujardin, has recently won three Golden Globes and has ten nominations for an Oscar next month. It is currently shown at Salem Cinema on Broadway. Here is a link to the Salem Cinema website and the trailer for “The Artist”:

http://www.salemcinema.com/nowshowing.html

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Nov 19 2011

nshevche

Between National French Week and Christmas Break…

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We’re already almost there! Time is flying so fast that it is difficult to keep track of all the events that you might attend before the finals. So here it is: a recap’ of some of the latest French events, and a few announcements for the rest of this semester!

National French Week: November 7th – November 14th

During the whole week, French students and members of the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts could answer questions and earn points: by the end of the week, we had two fantastic winners who could enjoy some free drinks or food at the Bistro! We learnt about French engraving, French architecture, Andorran and French history, and Belgian comics!

On Monday, a round-table event on the Euro-crisis, with Professor Michael Marks and Professor Yan Liang, gathered a great audience of students and faculty members, with questions about economics and politics regarding the current situation in Europe and its possible evolutions.

On Tuesday, “Les Choristes” was shown during our weekly movie night: half of you already loved it before the showing. The other half had not seen it yet but, by the end of the movie, I think that there was a consensus on the film’s awesomeness.

On Wednesday, French table at Goudy: the “coq au vin” was delicious !

On Thursday, French cooking at WISH! As you can see from the pictures, we had a lot of fun and even invented our own “chocolate soupe” (next time, the mousse will work)! On the menu, we had “tapenade” (two bread spreads, with green and dark olives, from the South of France), a modified version of quiche lorraine (from the North East of France), some gratin dauphinois (au gratin potatoes with garlic and crème fraîche, from the Dauphiné, a region close to Lyon which used to belong to the King’s son, who was also known as “le Dauphin” – “the Dolphin”), some crêpes (the famous thin pancakes from Brittany), and a chocolate dessert which was close enough to “mousse au chocolat”. We also had some “sirop de fraise”, a popular non-alcoholic drink, on the table. Yummy!

 

                             

All the recipes and pictures will be on this brand new website very soon: http://blog.willamette.edu/~llc_international_kitchen/ !

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas: celebrating winter the French way

We only have three weeks between Thanksgiving and the finals, but there is A LOT going on during these three weeks !

Event #1: AUDITIONS FOR THE FRENCH PLAY, “Les Fourberies de Scapin” (November 30th, WLT B21, 4:10pm).

“Les Fourberies” is a comedy by Molière, and we intend to make it as fun as possible, both for the actors and for the audience. We’d like to perform in mimes and in French, with possibly some subtitles as well. We’re thinking of something dynamic, over-the-top, and as ridiculous as possible to make the audience laugh. Elisabeth Maiano and I are working on it together at the moment, and we’re looking forward to meeting a wonderful and extraordinary cast (you?) on November 30th. :) The performances would take place in the spring, either in mid-February or in early March.

Event #2: INTERNATIONAL KARAOKE NIGHT !!! (December 6th, in Kaneko Commons)

This is your chance to be an international star! You will get an email very soon with more information and French songs on which you can practice (we’ll have a very large choice). There might be some training sessions before the actual karaoke night. The Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese assistants are also all selecting songs at the moment: we’re looking to make this a big event! :)

Event #3: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS ! (December 8th)

December 8th, in Lyon, is the date of the festival of lights! The entire city is illuminated with candles and huge light and sound effects. Crowds come from all over Europe and fill the streets, where some people give away roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. We already have the chestnuts: they will be roasted on the grils located behind Montag Den and given freely to everyone! We won’t give wine, but we can give songs! We’ll have a time before December 8th to learn French Christmas carols and we can share them with the rest of the campus on that day! In the evening, it will be time to relax with some music, soft drinks and snacks in Montag! :)

Also, don’t forget our last movie night of the semester, this November 30th at 7:30pm in WLT B21: “Huit Femmes” (see previous article for the trailers). The movie nights might come back with a Christmas movie after the winter break, to make the beginning of the Spring semester feel like a continuation of the holiday! :)

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