Currently teaching French as a foreign language (FLE), Kimberley Perrenoud - who also studied at the University of Geneva - explains that she wanted to compensate for the lack of typically Swiss teaching methods in French courses for allophones. In fact, as part of her dissertation, she studied numerous documents used in French as a foreign language classes in Switzerland, and found that the majority of methods were based on France and Paris in particular. As a result, there’s a real gap between these methods and everyday French in French-speaking Switzerland.
Based on this observation, the author plunged into writing an activity book for young people and adults learning French in our country, with the aim of introducing them to the French language and Swiss culture. On each page - cheerfully illustrated by Adrienne Barman - you’ll discover some fifty fun exercises, designed for beginners and more advanced learners alike (level A1-B2). The workbook is designed to complement existing methods. It includes oral and written expression exercises, as well as vocabulary and grammar activities focusing on expressions typical of French-speaking Switzerland, its culture, geography and political system.
A QR code is integrated into the workbook, enabling you to find all the answers to the exercises online, as well as a series of complementary activities focusing on music and the understanding of songs by artists from French-speaking Switzerland.
Organized by the Institut de langue et civilisation françaises, the vernissage will start at 4pm and will take place in two parts: a presentation by the author ’ D’un mémoire à un titre publié ’ will be followed by an aperitif.
Practical informationVernissage of Parlons suisse ! - Kimberley Perrenoud
October 02, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
University of Neuchâtel
Faubourg de l’Hôpital 61-63, 2000 Neuchâtel
Bibliographical referenceLet’s talk Swiss!
50 French as a foreign language activities related to French-speaking Switzerland and Swiss culture
Illustrated by Adrienne Barman
21 x 29.7 cm, 64 pages
ISBN 978-2’606 -02178-8