French Language and Culture: Sample Program

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PARIS BASICS

This is designed to allow you to travel around Paris like a Parisian (in particular how to use buses).  Even regular visitors to Paris will find new tips on how to choose the easiest itinerary and what tickets or passes to buy.

We include oral activities around Pariscope, designed to open up the widest choice in what to see during your stay.

We’ll also use an itinerary to practice how to get to various destinations like a local and use vocabulary learnt for buying tickets and seeking information.            

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FOOD

Today we concentrate on the various places where you can eat

Elements of choice & how to order, tips …   How to read a menu and understand it.

After the class we walk through streets where there are many restaurants, some more fashionable and famous than others.  You will read menus and comment on them.

Stop at a typical café and order in French and end the afternoon discovering one of the famous patisseries or chocolatiers in Paris.

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SHOPPING

The class discusses the differences between open street markets, covered markets, “rues commerçantes”, “passages couverts”, “grands magasins”, fashionable streets and their boutiques, as well as the vocabulary every shopper needs.

We visit the street markets, lively “rues commerçantes”, a 19th century “passage couvert”,  a “grand magasin” as well as a wide variety of boutiques chosen to suit each individual’s interests.

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THE FACE OF PARIS

There are so many different facets to life in Paris.  Architecture, interiors and gardens are popular themes. 

The class concentrates on the relevant vocabulary and then the itinerary for the rest of the day is designed to visit the most relevant areas, giving you the opportunity to practice the vocabulary. 

The Face of Paris can also include information needed to help you if you are looking to buy an apartment or rent short or long term.