Posted by Nicole Ardovino

FREN 111

Intensive Beginning Language and Culture

In the spring semester of my sophomore year, I took my first French class at Longwood to satisfy my global citizenship pillar. This course focused on the basic concepts of the french language, and while it was a beginner’s course, it was taught at a slightly faster pace, as everyone in my class had taken a french course or been exposed to the language to some degree in the past. Along with learning about the language, we also spent part of the semester developing a deeper understanding of the differences between France and America, and made comparisons between the two, while aiming to avoid an ethnocentric point of view. I was particularly fascinated by the French healthcare system, and how the entire country of France is much more unified than America in my opinion.

I was very nervous about taking this course, which is part of the reason why I avoided taking it until my fourth semester at Longwood. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much I remembered from my freshman year of high school, and I was lucky enough to excel in the class. One of my favorite projects that I completed during the semester was a brochure where the goal was to write in french about what we would do if we were to travel to Quebec. We were to go into detail about how long we would be there, what we would wear, and explain a variety of different activities to do in the different locations. I had great time making it, and I was very satisfied with the outcome.

Artifact:

Author: Nicole Ardovino

Title: Le Qu├ębec

Date: 3/1/2021

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