In-person classes will resume starting the week of July 19!
BEYOND THE ACCENT Sound like a French Person
There is a feeling of dread known to all students of a foreign language: the burning shame when we face a native speaker and realize that despite our knowledge, we are separated from them by the perceived barrier we call an “accent.”
But is this shame legitimate? Where does the fear come from and why do our accents embarrass us? After all, even native speakers have regional accents. In this emboldening module of the Sound Like A French Person workshop, Jordan encourages us to reframe what it means to “sound native.”
Over the course of two hours, we will learn techniques for overcoming inhibitions that occur naturally in foreign language students. This frees us up, allowing us to direct laser-like focus on what really matters: speaking accurate, eloquent, and even beautiful French in our own voices. We will also observe practical examples through clips of New Wave films featuring iconic non-native speaking actors who turned their accents into an advantage.
This workshop is open to Coucou students who have mastered Level 5 or above.
As an advanced student, you can pride yourself in having mastered some of the thorniest French grammar and conjugation rules. Bravo!
When it comes to taking the floor though, you can tell that a little something is missing – sometimes to the point where it can prevent you from daring to speak French. Maybe some tricky pronunciation? The flow of sentences? The fear that your accent won’t be understood? It is usually a little bit of everything. Because learning and mastering a language is not limited to knowing grammar rules, we designed a 3-part workshop specifically for advanced students that will improve your Frenchness on three fronts: Pronunciation & Diction, Flow & Body Language, and Beyond the Accent.
We’ll practice with improv’ games, studying clips of classic French movies (from the French New Wave to Ratatouille), memorizing dialogues, analyzing the melody and tone of sentences, and more. Some of the same clips and excerpts will be studied and practiced from different angles across the workshops.
Quentin, Anicet and Jordan all have a background in the performing arts, so this workshop series is well suited, but not limited to, performers such as professional singers and actors.
The workshops in this series can be taken separately, or together as a bundle.
Please note: our classes have limited capacity and often sell out fast, don't wait too long to book your spot!