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Cultural topics on frenchteacher.net

Some teachers may be in the process of thinking about what cultural topics they intend to teach with their advanced level students next year or beyond. I thought I'd just remind you about some of the areas covered quite well on frenchteacher.net.

In literature there are worksheets, exercises and links for Les Mains Sales by Sartre, L'Etranger and La Peste by Camus, Germinal by Zola, Jules et Jim by Henri-Pierre Roché (a brilliant novel written in a charmingly simple style) and Les Petits Enfants du Siècle by Christiane Rochefort. The latter were produced by my brilliant former colleague Anne Swainston.

Films covered to varying extents are Les 400 Coups, Jules et Jim, Le Dernier Métro, La Nuit Américaine, all by François Truffaut. You will also find four films by Claude Berri: Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources, Germinal and Lucie Aubrac.

All of these resources were written for A-level classes at Ripon Grammar School. They were all appreciated and, I believe, enjoyed! Worksheets are usually quite detailed and some resources are aimed specifically at England and Wales A-level exams. As well as original resources there are numerous links to useful websites, so the searching has already been done for you.

In addition there are worksheets written by Paul Haywood on Au Revoir les Enfants by Louis Malle.

I should add that another (better) source of excellent A-level cultural topic resources is Steve Glover's A-level French site, which I have reviewed previously here. Steve devotes a good deal of time creating high quality teacher-friendly resources on film, literature and other topics.

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