Workshops: French History – Intermediate B1 & above

Format: Online
Type: Workshops
Level: Intermediate B1, Advanced B2, Expert C1 C2

Discover key moments in the history of France, from its birth to the present day.

$59 per workshop.
Led by Thierry Bidault.

  • WKHIST.W01 - Fri, Sep 25, from 5:30pm-7pm — The French Revolution

    The French Revolution was not just a period of upheaval in France. It unleashed a wave of global conflict and change that extended from the Caribbean to the Middle East. The Revolution deeply altered the course of modern history, spreading widely as Napoleon brought its principles to areas he conquered. Despite what many think, the Revolution was merely a people’s movement, it was also one of the Bourgeois and “Petite noblesse.” Many leaders of the Revolution actually had elevated statures in French society. We will consider how some Revolutionary leaders were more interested in power than ushering in change for the people of France. During this workshop, we will look anew at this exceptional period and reopen the too often hidden “dossiers” of abuses and unfair decisions.

  • WKHIST.W02 - Fri, Oct 2, from 5:30pm-7pm — The Incredible History of Paris: 50 B.C. to Today

    In this workshop, we will cover more than 2,000 years of Paris’s history. With the help of texts, photos, and videos, we will look at historic events that left their mark on the City of Light, starting with its birth through the present day. Over the course of this virtual voyage through the past, you will discover surprising facts, carefully guarded secrets, and fascinating places to visit on your next trip!

  • WKHIST.W03 - Fri, Oct 30, from 5:30pm-7pm — The Impressionist Movement

    During this workshop, we will look at the origins and history of the Impressionist movement. We will cover the lives of great painters and the stories behind their masterpieces through examining images and videos.

    Manet, Pissaro, Boudin, Monet, Degas, Sisley, Renoir, Cezanne, Morisot, and Van Gogh found a new freedom of expression in the latter half of the 19th century. They revolutionized the way of viewing one’s surroundings by capturing the momentary and fleeting impressions that objects made on the eyes. In addition to looking at their paintings, we will also travel to the places that inspired them, including Giverny, Honfleur, Auvers sur Oise, and Provence.

  • WKHIST.W04 - Fri, Nov 6, from 5:30pm-7pm — 12 Great French Directors

    Using film clips (in French) and images, we will look at the creative lives of 12 great French directors—Clément, Truffaut, Renoir, Chabrol, Godard, Lelouch, Melville, Tati, Resnais, Rohmer, Besson, and Annaud. Over the course of this workshop, we will consider their most famous works and lesser-known secrets of their successes.