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  • Skoblin
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    Meanwhile, Russian language teachers patiently await future students...


    Last edited by Skoblin; 23 Nov 16, 17:19.

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  • Bass_Man86
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    Originally posted by slick_miester View Post
    Hey Mods, if you so desire, feel free to move this one, 'cause I not at all sure where it belongs.

    So the other day, I'm sitting there with Slick Jr watching the Rangers -- NY of the NHL not Glasgow of the SPL and the young man expressed his interest in going up to Quebec to play junior hockey. So I says to him, "you'd better learn some French first." So he asks me, "how can I learn French?" And then it came to me, from the recesses of distant memory, my favorite educational program of my youth: French in Action. For those not familiar:



    Truth be known, I never learned a damned thing from that show. I was too entranced with the female lead's . . . . more visible attributes.



    Nevertheless, had I actually taken the opportunity to speak French more than twice a decade, I might have actually become conversant in the Gallic tongue. Anyways, my curiosity being piqued, I had to see what the World Wide Web's take on French in Action was, and I was shocked to learn this:



    I was otherwise occupied in that era, so I missed all the fun and games at Yale: the East Coast's headquarters for campus bullsht. Indeed, of all the Ivy League universities, none is as prone to leftover 1960s political crappola as Yale. So that some unshaven, unwashed, Yalie slob from Boston (New England's women are widely known as the US' least attractive -- and New Haven CT is a town where things and people decay at a geometric rate) objected to French in Action shouldn't come as any surprise. It was learning Prof Capretz's defense of his program that did surprise me, however:





    In the end, of course, Yale folded faster than a Chinese laundry: a month later, the university announced that it'll be altering its French course, aka greasing the squeaky wheel.

    So which is it: are Boston broads uptight frosty b*tches, or are Frogs lecherous perverts?
    Hey Marc, want to learn Italian?

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  • Mountain Man
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    Anyone who condemns sexism in that program should be out in the streets demonstrating against American television, media and advertising, all of which is sexually explicit.

    The only thing in life worse than a female scorned is female with a cause. I call it the Crusader Rabbit Syndrome.

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  • PC Run Amok -- or Are Frenchmen Sexist Pigs?

    Hey Mods, if you so desire, feel free to move this one, 'cause I not at all sure where it belongs.

    So the other day, I'm sitting there with Slick Jr watching the Rangers -- NY of the NHL not Glasgow of the SPL and the young man expressed his interest in going up to Quebec to play junior hockey. So I says to him, "you'd better learn some French first." So he asks me, "how can I learn French?" And then it came to me, from the recesses of distant memory, my favorite educational program of my youth: French in Action. For those not familiar:

    French in Action is a French language course, developed by Professor Pierre Capretz of Yale University. The course includes workbooks, textbooks, and a 52-episode television series.

    The television series the best-known aspect of the course was produced in 1987 by WGBH, Yale University, and Wellesley College, and funded by Annenberg/CPB, and since then, has been aired frequently on PBS in the United States, developing a cult following for its romantic comedy segments interspersed among grammar lessons.
    Truth be known, I never learned a damned thing from that show. I was too entranced with the female lead's . . . . more visible attributes.



    Nevertheless, had I actually taken the opportunity to speak French more than twice a decade, I might have actually become conversant in the Gallic tongue. Anyways, my curiosity being piqued, I had to see what the World Wide Web's take on French in Action was, and I was shocked to learn this:

    In 1990, three female students at Yale University filed a grievance claiming that the university's introductory French course was sexist in its use of the French in Action television series. In particular, the students objected to watching a scene in which the character Jean-Pierre harasses Mireille as she sits in a park and then being required to "pretend you were trying to pick up a pretty woman in a park." Some also objected to camera angles focusing on Mireille's legs, or breasts when she isn't wearing a bra.

    Its creator, Prof. Capretz, a French native who has taught at Yale since 1956, said [he] "wouldn't change any of it." To teach French effectively, he said, "you have to make the students observe the language being used by native speakers, in real situations."

    In response, the French department at Yale determined that the course would be changed by developing supplementary materials to be used in the course. However, the television programs themselves were not altered.
    I was otherwise occupied in that era, so I missed all the fun and games at Yale: the East Coast's headquarters for campus bullsht. Indeed, of all the Ivy League universities, none is as prone to leftover 1960s political crappola as Yale. So that some unshaven, unwashed, Yalie slob from Boston (New England's women are widely known as the US' least attractive -- and New Haven CT is a town where things and people decay at a geometric rate) objected to French in Action shouldn't come as any surprise. It was learning Prof Capretz's defense of his program that did surprise me, however:

    Mr. Capretz, a French native who has taught at Yale since 1956, said he ''wouldn't change any of it.'' To teach French effectively, he said, ''you have to make the students observe the language being used by native speakers, in real situations.''

    He said, ''Nothing we show is going to shock anybody in France.''

    Ms. Blackmer disagreed. ''It's his interpretation of French culture - a very biased view,'' she said. ''It's a very unflattering picture for French people, as well as insulting to Americans.''

    "Campus Life: Yale; Where French Course Is a Cause Celebre," The New York Times, 4 Mar 1990


    In the end, of course, Yale folded faster than a Chinese laundry: a month later, the university announced that it'll be altering its French course, aka greasing the squeaky wheel.

    So which is it: are Boston broads uptight frosty b*tches, or are Frogs lecherous perverts?

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