Literature – Advanced B2

Location: In Person at FIAF Manhattan
Type: Culture & Literature
Level: Advanced B2
10 weeks: Jun 25–Sep 2
5 weeks: May 16–Jun 20

Read classic and contemporary writing in French! Books and themes change each session—view below.

Literature makes a major contribution to a nation’s cultural heritage and exposure to authentic written texts is one of the many ways foreign language learners can improve their language proficiency. In this course, discover classic and contemporary French and Francophone literature through the analysis and discussion of major literary works, either focusing on one text or on a specific theme woven through a variety of texts. This course is designed for literature lovers who would like to learn about the history of literature, of French expression, and to become more independent in reading challenging texts in their original French language.

  • B1.LIT.E11(II) (Level B1/B2) - 5 Weeks - Thu 10:15am–11:45am - May 19–Jun 16 - S.Durand

    Honoré et moi de Titiou Lecoq

    Titiou Lecoq is a feminist journalist and essay writer. Her hilarious biography of Honoré de Balzac is clever, extremely well documented, and makes us want to dive back into La Comédie humaine.

    If you usually don’t like biographies, but still wish to learn more about Honoré de Balzac, feminist pioneer before his time, always broke and touching character, and have fun reading, this class is for you.

    You will be in touch with everyday life French humor and manner of speaking.

    We will read between 30 and 40 pages a week, before each class. Together, we will read out loud, discuss, give our point of view, explain some expressions, idioms and clarify some grammatical, syntactical and lexical points.

  • B1.LIT.L01 (Level B1/B2) - 10 Weeks - Tue 2pm–3:30pm - Jun 28–Aug 30 - L.Thommeret

    Roman d’espionnage : La clé USB de Jean-Philippe Toussaint

    In this course, you will expand your French vocabulary by reading La clé USB, a thrilling novel about new technologies and the European Commission, selected for the 2019 World Literary Prize. Jean-Philippe Toussaint tells the story of a European Commission official working in a unit focusing on emerging technologies and cybersecurity issues. When he discovers documents in a USB key that was not intended for him, he has a sneaking suspicion that a device manufactured by a Chinese company hides a “backdoor”. He leaves Brussels to investigate for himself in China.

    This course is especially for you if you like to read and you have reached a level in French where you can start reading literary texts.

    By the end of this course, you will have expanded your French vocabulary and developed your ability to read, understand and analyze French literature.

  • B2.LIT.L01 (Level B2/C1/C2) - 10 Weeks - Wed 5:45pm-7:15pm - Jun 29–Aug 31 - C.Kestenbaum

    Delicatesse de David Foenkinos

    Dans ce cours, vous allez vous émouvoir de l’histoire humoristique, dramatique, pleine de rebondissements de Nathalie, François et Markus, des personnages attachants, sincères et authentiques. La Délicatesse a obtenu dix prix littéraires. C’est le huitième roman de David Foenkinos qu’il a également adapté au cinéma.

    Nathalie, jolie jeune femme, a tout pour être heureuse : une histoire d’amour digne des plus belles romances avec son mari François, un travail épanouissant. Or, survient un drame : la mort accidentelle de celui-ci. Comment va-t-elle survivre et revenir à la vie ?

    Ce cours vous est plus particulièrement destiné si vous aimez un style simple, mais qui transmet des émotions et des sentiments complexes, des phrases courtes mais un langage percutant.

    Avec ce cours, vous en apprendrez davantage sur les relations au travail en France et surtout vous vous évaderez avec les personnages si désarmants d’humanité de Foenkinos.

    Nous commencerons par lire le livre, puis nous regarderons le film pour évaluer la qualité de l’adaptation cinématographique. Nous nous attacherons à analyser certaines scènes clés, ce qui nous permettra d’approfondir les connaissances sur le vocabulaire lié au cinéma.

This class is HyFlex

Hyflex gives you the flexibility to learn in person or online. In-person students can switch to attending class online at any time by requesting virtual access from their teacher. Watch the video.

Manhattan Safety Measures

Masks now optional inside FIAF Manhattan for all ages. Students ages 18 and older attending classes in person at FIAF Manhattan are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination on the first day of class. Vaccination requirement is only met when the vaccine shot (both shots for a two-dose vaccine) has been administered at least 14 days before the first class.


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