french

Group Online Tuition (8 MAX)

10 weeks 

This course is designed for people who want not only to learn French as a language but have a wider understanding of the Francophone world. The main reason French is considered an international language is because France's colonial empire imposed it on francophone countries.

 

This course is about exploring the different dynamics that have shaped French-speaking nations and communities, in their relation to themselves but also to the imperial metropole - France. Every language represents not only the linguistic structures for communication but also, and most importantly the cultural package of meanings that come with it. And while the French language is mainly taught through presenting French culture, this course will be based on the diverse experiences and identities that make up this heterogeneous whole called “Francophone culture”.

 

By using context-based and transformative pedagogies, based on the teacher's years-long research of alternative ways of producing knowledge and change, this course will be structured in a participatory methodology, where challenging world views and exchange of ideas will be strongly encouraged, along with the effective provision of all the necessary linguistic tools to do so.

The teacher is a Moroccan-born South African-raised educator and anthropologist, passionate about languages and alternative education. She has always been fascinated by liberating pedagogies promoted by great thinkers such as Paulo Freire, bell hooks and Ivan Illich. Her approach to language teaching is centred around students’ backgrounds, interests, personalities, types of intelligence and goals. She has been accompanying students from a wide range of ages and socio-cultural backgrounds for over 10 years, in South Africa, Morocco, Mexico and the UK, concentrating on making each one of these experiences a reciprocal, horizontal and human-centered learning process.

This course is taught in 10 sessions. LLC offers an interactive online opportunity through diverse virtual engagement methods. The course starts on Tuesday 3 November and sessions run from 7pm till 8pm.