Enriching the Language Learning Experience with French Films and Harkness Discussions
This week, our Grade 10, 11, and 12 Extended French classes and Grade 11 and 12 Core French classes visited Galaxy Cinemas in Peterborough for a special viewing of the award-winning Québecois film C.R.A.Z.Y. (directed by Jean-Marc Lavalée). Watching French film content is a valuable way for our students to better understand the French language, intonation, and pronunciation. It also provides them with a challenge to mentally “keep up” with the speed of the actors’ speech and Québecois accents.
The film is based on a coming-of-age story about Zac, a young gay boy, experiencing homophobia as he grew up in the 1960s and 1970s in Québec. Following the film screening, our French classes explored the themes of the film through Harkness discussions. They will also analyze the film and reflect on their understanding as they write film reviews.
“As a department, the French team strives to create immersive experiences for our students living in an anglophone community. Our next outing will hopefully be a trip to a French restaurant in Whitby.” - Ms. Thompson (English and Modern Languages Teacher)
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