Monday, January 15, 2018

Heather Jackson, Intermediate French Student, Shares Storybird Comprehensive Project

Students in FRE 211 Intermediate French I completed comprehensive projects to wrap up their semester. These projects required students to use the language functions and tasks they had learned during the semester, like asking and answering questions, narrating stories in the past, and describing people and places and events.

Heather Jackson, Intermediate French Student
Heather Jackson shares her story, Les Aventures de Charlie Roswell, about a young boy going on an intergalactic trip. Enjoy!



Monday, December 18, 2017

Japanese Students Learn About New Year's

Takao Hamamoto (left, Japanese Instructor) with students

From our Japanese instructor, Takao Hamamoto:

年賀状(ねんがじょう/Ne n ga joo) is part of Japanese culture, sending postcards to celebrate the new year, to greet each other, and to keep in touch. In Japan, many people write Nengajoo and send it during December. Among friends, relatives, and companies, writing Nengajoo is an important greeting and we cannot miss it. On Nengajoo, a typical drawn picture is one of 12 animals, which comes from the zodiac sign from China, corresponding to the new year. The next year, 2018, is the year of dog.

These photos are the Nengajoo we’ve made.
 
Hand-made Nengajoo
If you make and send it to Japan now, Japan Post Office will store it and deliver these post cards on 1st January.

Caroline Seitz and Riley Martin, Intermediate French Students, Share Storybird Comprehensive Projects

Students in FRE 211 Intermediate French I completed comprehensive projects to wrap up their semester. These projects required students to use the language functions and tasks they had learned during the semester, like asking and answering questions, narrating stories in the past, and describing people and places and events.
Riley Martin, Intermediate French Student



Caroline Seitz, Intermediate French Student








Below, Riley Martin shares her story, Jeannot l'ours et son cor français, and Caroline Sietz presents her story, La fille errante. Enjoy!



Friday, December 15, 2017

Kayla Harrell, Intermediate French Student, Shares her Storybird Comprehensive Project

Students in FRE 211 Intermediate French I completed comprehensive projects to wrap up their semester. These projects required students to use the language functions and tasks they had learned during the semester, like asking and answering questions, narrating stories in the past, and describing people and places and events.

Kayla Harrell, Intermediate French Student

Here, Kayla Harrell shares her story, Le voyage de Georgie et Walter au zoo. Enjoy!


Cara Kingman, Intermediate French Student, Shares her Storybird Comprehensive Project

Students in FRE 211 Intermediate French I completed comprehensive projects to wrap up their semester. These projects required students to use the language functions and tasks they had learned during the semester, like asking and answering questions, narrating stories in the past, and describing people and places and events.
Cara Kingman, Intermdiate French Student
Here, Cara Kingman shares her story, Super chien sauve le jour. Enjoy!


FRE 351 French Theatre Inspires Student Writer Brooklynn Matlock

Students in FRE 351 French Theatre of the 17th and 20th Centuries developed their creative writing abilities in French by writing very short stories inspired by the great playwrights they have been studying. In this post, Brooklynn Matlock shares with us her story inspired the play L'Annonce faite à Marie by Paul Claudel.
Brooklynn Matlock, French major
Just like Claudel's play presents a truth about human life through a parable on love and forgiveness, Brooklynn's story reveals a truth about life, too, through a parable on love and hate, an important lesson better taught to children, early in life.


Une mère et ses garçons

Dans l’après-midi, deux frères sont allés dehors pour jouer. Pendant qu’ils jouaient ensemble, ils ont commencé à se disputer. La dispute s'est rapidement transformée en combat. Comme ils se sont battus, ils se sont roulés dans la saleté et ont rendu leurs vêtements tout sales. Immédiatement ils ont réalisé qu’ils allaient avoir des problèmes avec leur mère. Elle leur a dit de ne pas se salir parce qu’ils vont aller dîner plus tard. Les garçons s’est faufilés discrètement dans la maison pour se laver, mais ils n’étaient pas discrets. Leur mère les a entendus, et elle s’est exclamée : « Oh, mon Dieu ! Qu’est-ce que vous faites les garçons ? Pourquoi êtes-vous si sales ? »

« Nous nous battions, » les garçons ont dit, la tête basse.

« Où ? »

«  À l’extérieur dans le jardin. »

« Les garçons ! Vous savez que vous n’êtes pas censé vous battre. Et vous savez que nous allons tous dîner plus tard. Maintenant, vous êtes tous sales. Allez vous laver ! »

Pendant que les garçons nettoyaient la terre, leur mère a dit :

« Écoutez-moi. Vous êtes sales à cause du combat. Le combat est causé par la haine et les mauvaises choses. C’est mal. Si vous participez dans ces actes, votre cœur va se salir comme vos mains et vos vêtements. Vous ne voulez pas de cœurs sales. La solution est l’amour. L'amour enlèvera la haine comme l'eau enlève la saleté de vos mains. »

Reflections on Theatre by Erin Allen


In this post Erin Allen shares her insightful reflections on the role that theatre has played in her life in light of her studies in FRE 351 French Theatre.
Erin Allen, French minor

From a young age theatre has been a huge part of my life from later elementary to up to my senior year of high school. Then when I came to college I decided to close that chapter of my life, I knew that I would be busy and being a part of the theatre company would make me even busier and stressed out. For about a year and half I didn’t really think too much about my short-lived theatre career, but then in the second semester of my second year at Jewell I found myself encountering the performing arts more and more. One of the primary reasons was because my roommate at the time was a theatre major so she always got me to go see the shows that the Jewell Theatre Company put on. One night as I was watching a play I found that I really missed being on stage, but I decided to brush it off for now. Then the fall semester of my third and final year at Jewell came around and lo and behold French Theatre of the 17th and 20th Centuries was one of my classes.

            I had, of course, studied plays before this class, mainly in my theatre and English classes in high school. Retrospectively, the study of these plays feels very surface level, there was a little bit of philosophy introduced but nothing to same standard as these French pieces. I’m not sure if it was because I couldn’t really comprehend the philosophy behind the English plays at the time, but I feel like I gained a lot more insight in one semester of a French class than I did in twelve years in the public school system, and on top of that it was in a different language! Many different themes and schools of thought were introduced in this French course, like the divine versus man, life versus death, and vengeance versus forgiveness, just to name a few. Our conversations in the classroom really made me think about what these playwrights wanted to achieve in their pieces, was it just to tell a story? Or something more than that? Upon some reflection I think that theatre is often used as a reflection of man. It enables us to live in situations that we would not normally get to experience, and it allows us to see things as another person for a little while. It can allow us to travel to far off places, and even back in time. I think that theatre allows us to play out situations we have had in our heads and come to the perfect conclusion, which doesn’t always happen in real life. It also presents some of the ugliest parts of the human soul, like greed and lust. Theatre simultaneously presents wonderful aspects of life and the not so pretty side of humanity, but as it has been presented in many of the plays we read in class there is a duality to life, there must be both good and bad. It is hard to remember this sometimes but I think that it is important to at least try to remember that where there is bad, there is also good, you might have to search for it a little bit, but it’s definitely there.

Erin Allen, actress

Thanks for sharing, Erin, and for letting us know the importance of literature and language studies!