French in Action Reunion at Yale

Many university students taking French, as well as frequent viewers of PBS, have probably seen an episode or two of French in Action. It’s a 52 part video series written by Pierre Capretz that covers two years of university level courses. The series was filmed in Paris in 1985 and thanks to fiafans.org, they are having a 25th anniversary celebration this October at Yale.

The actors who played Mireille (Valérie Allain) and Robert (Charles Mayer) will definitely be there in addition to Pierre Capretz. I wish I could go! Someone please go for me!

FIA resources:

Watch all 52 videos online (US & Canada only)

All 52 transcripts (Scribd document)

Mystères et boules de gomme ! (fiafans.org)

FIA Fans Wiki (vocabulary and notes for half of the episodes)

FIA for Teachers (resource for teachers using FIA in class)

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  • Eliza

    How cool! I loved those videos even when I didn’t speak French. My mom lives near New Haven and Yale so I’ll tell her to go for you and me :).

  • Kate

    We used to watch these videos in my French classes!

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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