Another Look at Paris
Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
Area of Study
French, French Culture
Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits1
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units1
Hours & Credits
This cycle of lectures allows students to complete their study of the French language through a more global cultural approach through the presentation of the city where their stay takes place.
This presentation aims to tell the city of Paris differently to a traditional tourist guide and to awaken their curiosity during their Parisian walks.
It is also to enable them to establish a relationship between concrete elements, such as monuments, statues, façade ornaments, street names and historical, literary or artistic information.
The red thread of the animal is an original approach that shows the particular link between the animal world and the history of the city, present and past. The animal is not only a pet, he is and has been an actor of Parisian life.
The other aim of these lectures is to prepare students for university lectures where listening and taking notes go hand in hand.
These lectures allow students to develop their oral comprehension and expression skills.
Most sessions begin with a sequence of students' discovery of documents, observations and comments.
Students may be invited to speak at any time during the session, to ask for an additional explanation, to rephrase a difficult passage, to share a personal experience.
The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to student questions.
Distribution of a booklet allowing students to keep a written record of the conference. This booklet is also the medium on which students can review for the final evaluation.
During the session:
Projection of a slideshow in "Powerpoint" format to facilitate understanding and illustrate
explanations. On the slides of the slide show (between 50 and 150) appear, related to the subject treated:
- the difficult vocabulary
- illustrations and photos
- Hypertext links to video documents (links to websites featuring movie trailers, interviews, reports, testimonials, video clips of songs).
After the session: (subject to availability) access to a digital workspace: the booklet and all the audio and video links presented during the conference are available on the "it's learning" platform.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.