113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Teaching French and Francophone Culture and Language Through Film

Session Chair: 
Marion Geiger, California State University, San Marcos
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Deschutes (PMCC)


  1. Michelle Bumatay, Willamette University
    This paper uses previous experiences to discuss the importance of teaching students how to analyze films by paying close attention to form and content while keeping historical context in mind. Integral to this is an understanding of French history and film studies.
  2. Veronique Olivier, Chapman University
    This paper will focus on film food scenes using the mise en scene and montage techniques to better understand French culture. French directors such as S. Guity, C. Berri, F.Truffaut ans A. Kechiche enable students to decode French identity but also, the transformation of French society via the diner table.  
  3. Corinne Bayerl, University of Oregon
    How can we use films to introduce students to the Classical Age of French Literature? Taking recent filmic adaptations of Madame de Lafayette’s novellas as examples, this talk will propose ways in which students can sharpen their analytical skills in film viewing and in reading literary texts while appreciating the broad range of cinematic responses to major works of French 17th-century literature.
  4. Nathalie Burle, University of Southern California
    This paper examines affective engagement as a learning outcome while learning French through film. Monsieur Lazhar’s personal loss unexpectedly brings the students and himself closer as he tries to engage students to the learning of the French language.  While studying La Peau de Chagrin, the teacher soon realizes that the analogy between the losses experienced by the main protagonist of the novel and that of his students is key to reach out to them affectively. 
Session Cancelled: