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FREN 3460 - Oral Production &Pronunciation
Improving oral communication ability will be the objective of this course. Students will develop and perfect oral production and comprehension skills by working on French phonetics. A wide array of oral exercises (discrimination, repetition, dialogues, readings) with an individualized feed back will allow students to practice and correct their French pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation.
Required book : D. Abry, M-L. Chalaron, Les 500 exercices de phonétique, niveau B1/B2, ISBN 978-2-01-155754-4 Hachette FLE 2011
FREN 6521 - Your Voice in French
Your Voice in French: It All Starts with a Song
From our first cries as a newborn, we use our voices to express ourselves. Throughout our lives vocal communication plays an important role in how we relate to others. Accents, intonation and word choice are often more important than “speaking correctly” in creating an authentic communication space, and French-language popular songs are an incredibly rich resource for decoding and mastering the nuances of communication and culture in the Francophone world. In this course, students will immerse themselves in this musical universe. Study of the songs will give us keys for understanding. Daily work in vocal production and pronunciation as well as performance coaching will allow each participant to find his or her authentic voice and learn to share it more freely with others. Students will perform at various musical events throughout the session. All levels of singers - and non-singers, a.k.a. “rappers” and “slammers” - are welcome.Language & Stylistics