Culture & Civilization – Intermediate B1

Location: In Person at FIAF Manhattan
Type: Culture & Literature
Level: Intermediate B1
10 weeks Apr 1–June 10

Dive deeper into French culture and way of life in classes at the Intermediate B1 level inspired by different themes and topics.

Culture shapes the way language is structured and the ways in which language is used. Expand your linguistic skills while exploring themes as diverse as pop culture, history, society, politics, philosophy, everyday life, and more. Using a variety of media—novels, films, documentaries, news articles, and more—you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into each topic.

This course is designed for the culture addict who would like to learn more about French and other Francophone cultures, as well as become more independent in speaking in French about more complex and challenging topics.

  • B1.CIV.E01 (I) - Culture & Civilization (Levels B1/B2) - 5 weeks - Wed 5:45pm-7:15pm - P.A.Gallet

    Great French personalities

    In this course, we’ll look at French personalities, from the 17th century through modern times. France is rich in history, but above all in the people who have helped it move forward over the centuries. In this course, we’ll take a look at atypical French personalities who have left their mark on France’s history. Whether kings, politicians, designers, athletes or members of civil society, using archive documents, speeches, film extracts and interviews to try and understand why they are so important to French history.

    This course is for you if you’re interested in France and the personalities who have shaped its history. The course will chronologically follow people who have left their mark on France and who are still relevant today.

  • B1.CIV.E02 (I) - Culture & Civilization (Levels B1/B2) - 5 weeks - Fri 12pm–1:30pm - P.A.Gallet

    French music from the 1930’s to today

    Is the only French singer you know Edith Piaf? Did you think “My Way” was an original song by Frank Sinatra? Do you think the accordion is the national instrument in France? Come discover the richness of French music and enrich your musical knowledge.

    In this course we will study all the musical movements and trends in France from the 30’s to the present day: from the music hall and cabaret years to the yéyé years, from French disco to the protest songs and even French rock and rap. We will explore the French touch that makes French songs a French cultural exception.

    Through the artists, the songs, and the musical trends, you will also enrich your vocabulary and knowledge of French culture.

Note About Class Formats: All classes for adults are held entirely in person at FIAF or entirely online on Zoom. Groups are not combined, that is, no HyFlex classes.