2018 : COURS DE PRINTEMPS pour avancés (scroll down to read course description in English)

le mardi soir 18h-20h / KULSHAN HALL 222

10 avril - 29 mai 

Livre requis* Le Dîner de cons, par Francis Veber

Prérequis : Intermediate Conversational French ou permission de l'enseignante

This class, a read-aloud series of sessions conducted entirely in French, is structured around Francis Veber's Le Dîner de 

cons, a vaudevillesque play showcasing the French art of conversation. We'll work on improving speaking ability by

studying the natural use of the language, hone intonation and pronunciation, and deepen our understanding of French


*You can purchase the text on multiple websites, or read it online here. 

Advanced French Conversation COURSE DESCRIPTION 

Advanced French Conversation focuses on the development of oral expression in French. Students expand their awareness of

francophone cultures and improve their fluency, fluidity, syntax, and intonation, through the discussion of diverse topics of

interest to the participants in the class. Topics therefore vary from session to session; they include but are not limited to:

French culture, literature, current events, idioms, grammar, cinema, cuisine, argumentation. Convivialité et bonne 

humeur au rendez-vous ! 

Advanced French Conversation is taught in French. Individuals registering for the class are familiar with most verb tenses,

moods, and basic French grammar points. They do not have a perfect mastery of French! They do not all necessarily speak 

and comprehend at the same level, but they are all willing to try to express themselves in French, warts and all! 

Meaning: the only way to learn to speak French is by speaking French. You can study grammar and vocabulary

ad nauseam; at some point you have to jump into the real goal of language: the sharing of ideas. It's okay to make

mistakes! In fact, making mistakes is a necessary part of making progress.

Reading in French helps you speak French better

Reading in a foreign language leads to a higher comfort level with the language. Reading lets us see the structure of the 

language, how it fits together, sometimes in a different way than in the spoken language. Reading exposes us to the natural 

use of vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, and also offers us insights into French and francophone cultures. Reading aloud is a 

particularly effective language tool: we can practice pronunciation, isolate breath groups, and improve intonation. When 

reading aloud, we may be more aware of what we do and don't understand than when we read silently. Audio books are 

effective tools, especially when paired with a written text. Choose a passage and follow this program: firstly listen to the 

audio without reading the text; secondly read the passage without listening to the audio; thirdly follow the written text as 

you listen to the audio; and lastly, listen to the audio again without reading the text. It would be exhausting to read an entire

novel that way, but focusing on a specific passage here and there is a highly productive exercise. 

→Je m'informe sur l'auteur dramatiq
ue Francis Veber. 


Séance 1 : 10 avril

Objectifs du cours

CNRTL : définition de "con" 

Chanson de Georges Brassens : "Le temps ne fait rien à l'affaire" / paroles ici 

Séance 2 : 17 avril

Lecture et conversation

Grammaire progressive : il y a, depuis, ça fait que

Le Président Emmanuel Macron interviewé par Edwy Plenel et Jean-Jacques Bourdin dimanche 15 avril : 

écouter l'entretien en intégralité ici. 

Séance 3 : 24 avril

"Juste Leblanc" 

Lecture et conversation

Séance 4 : 1 mai

Lecture et conversation

La fête du premier mai en France 

Pourquoi y a-t-il une fête de travail ? (1 jour, 1 question)

Séance 5 : 8 mai

Lecture et conversation

Grammaire progressive : dès, depuis, aussitôt, à peine 

Séance 6 : 15 mai

Lecture et conversation

Grammaire progressive : dès, depuis, aussitôt, à peine, suite

Séance 7 : 22 mai

Soirée film chez monsieur Brown : Le dîner de cons 

Séance 8 : 29 mai 

Lecture et conversation

Grammaire progressive :  le complément du nom


Cours d'été 2018, pour avancés et intermédiaires

6 séances

le mardi soir 18h-20h


Je me renseigne.   

   Le Pic Saint-Loup (département de l'Hérault, en Occitanie)

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