Instructor Kevin Jewell
This workshop will provide students with an introductory understanding of the French language, with basic vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, but with an emphasis on everyday spoken French, rather than an intensive study of grammar. The course will also cover subjects such as culture and the historical background of the language, including how it has influenced English and been influenced in turn by other languages. The text used for the workshop will be Volume 1 of Cours de Langue et de Civilisation Françaises, 2014 edition, which is approved by the Academie Française for teaching French to foreigners and comes with a CD which can help students practice on their own. ISBN is 978-8-183-07555-8.
Kevin Jewell is an attorney with a conservation organization in San Francisco who has studied world languages extensively and enjoys sharing what he has learned with others. He has lived in France and Germany, where he worked as a translator, and has also done graduate studies in language teaching techniques. The workshop will focus on becoming familiar with the basics of the language, and especially learning practical skills for those who wish to travel.
Synchronized meeting time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Number of meetings: 5
Students must have a computer with internet access and a webcam to participate in the workshop.