Learn French by immersing yourself in French-speaking culture

Cultural discovery as an element of language learning

Language and culture, an inseparable link

When you set out to learn a foreign language, it’s not just about acquiring language skills, but also about immersing yourself in the culture that accompanies it. France is famous for its cultural wealth, which extends from art to cuisine, literature to fashion. Since a discovery of this culture plays a crucial role in learning the French language, a prestigious institution like the Cours de Civilization Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) closely combines cultural immersion and the development of linguistic skills.

Contextualization

French culture provides an authentic context to the language. It allows learners to understand how french language is used in everyday life, which greatly facilitates their learning. For example, learning French through reading French literature or watching French films allows you to better grasp the nuances and idiomatic expression of the language.

Strengthen the motivation of international students

The discovery of French culture can be a source of motivation for learners. Music, cuisine, visual arts, and other aspects of French culture can spark a deep interest and passion for the language from international students. Learners are more likely to engage in learning when the process goes beyond simple grammatical rules to encompass their interests.

Cultural Understanding

Learning French culture also allows for a better understanding of the country’s social norms, values, and customs. This is essential for communicating effectively with native speakers because the language is embedded in culture and society. It is also a step towards integration for non-French speakers who wish to settle permanently in France.

Improve communication skills

Knowledge of French culture is synonymous with deeper and more authentic communication. Learners who understand cultural references can better interact with French speakers, which can lead to more enriching relationships.

What methods to understand French culture?

Literature and Arts

To integrate French culture into language learning, there are several effective methods, starting with artistic discovery.

French literature, films, music and visual arts offer a fascinating dive into the culture. Reading classic and contemporary French novels or plays, watching French films and listening to French songs is an excellent way to learn the language while discovering the culture

Culture-related courses in french

French culture courses are often offered in addition to language courses. They cover topics such as history, cuisine, fashion, and customs. Participating in such courses can help promote the learning of French. The Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne offer a course devoted to the art market and cultural productions, thus illustrating the link between language, culture and French civilization.

Travel and Immersion

Nothing beats the experience of traveling to France for complete immersion into the culture. Language stays allow learners to experience the language and culture on a daily basis by interacting with native speakers.                                                          Enrolling in an institution such as the CCFS also gives international students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Parisian life, and develop their French skills in the heart of La Sorbonne.

Cultural Exchanges

Cultural exchanges with native speakers or language exchange partners is a good way to share cultural perspectives and practice French language in an authentic context.

CCFS conferences

The Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne pedagogy includes conferences led by specialists in literature, history and art in order to allow international students to perfect their oral understanding of the French language while encouraging true cultural immersion

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