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31.7.10

Picasso au Musée d'Art de Seattle: 8 octobre -17 janvier , 2011



Annonce importante! Picasso vient à Seattle au musée « SAM » 
Je compte emmener mes élèves de 3ème et 4ème années en octobre ou novembre. Aimeriez-vous organiser une journée francophone pour nos élèves ?! Nous pourrions organiser des visites francophones des restaurants, des magasins et des boulangeries au centre ville ensemble. J’ai même préparé une chasse aux trésors francophone pour l’excursion que j’y fais avec mes élèves chaque année. Si cette idée vous tente, écrivez-moi ou laissez un commentaire ci-dessous !
The Seattle Art Museum is excited to present a landmark exhibition of the work of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), arguably the most radical and influential artist of the 20th century. The exhibition presents iconic works from virtually every phase of Picasso’s legendary career, documenting the full range of his unceasing inventiveness and prodigious creative process.
 Drawn from the collection of the Musée National Picasso in Paris—the largest and most important repository of the artist’s work in the world—the exhibition will feature more than 150 extraordinary paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs. This unprecedented opportunity is possible at this time because the Musée Picasso has recently closed for renovations, allowing a global tour of this full-scale survey to travel for the first and, very likely, the only time

26.7.10

Deborah Boily - French Singer



E-mail received by Misa Bourdoiseau from Deborah Boily
 With the approach of the new school year, you may be looking for some new material to enhance the classroom experience (and your own as well).  I am a professional singer who has recorded two CDs of French Popular music and I have collaborated with a university French professor to author and create a companion eBook teaching manual for these CDs, entitled “A French Collection” and “French Collection Deux”. These collections include the beloved songs of French artists as Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, among others. This material is geared for high school and university-level students.

Each chapter in the teaching manual highlights a song and covers grammar, vocabulary and French culture and encourages communication and conversation activities.  It also has useful links for the teacher and creative in-class exercises for the students. I also give some artist comments about the song itself and my experience in learning it, performing it and other interesting anecdotes I wanted to share.

I can attest to the success of this approach. While living and performing in Paris, I used a similar method with American songs and lyrics to teach English. Lyrics taught the students vocabulary and sentence construction, while the music touch and held them emotionally. We were able to have conversations of substance while discussing the song’s story. 

The CDs and eBook are available for purchase online at http://www.thefrenchsinger.com/cd. The eBook is downloadable upon purchase, and the accompanying CDs are mailed USPS within 24 hours of purchase. If you’d like to get a feel for the music and performance quality, two free song downloads are available and you may listen to other song selections as well.

Please share this email with your fellow AATF regional members and French teaching colleagues. I greatly appreciate your time and support.

Cordialement et merci bien,

Deborah Boily