Category Archive: French

Aug 11

A Call from France: Learning Exchanges

My fourteen-year-old son called from France today. He has been there for over two weeks without showing signs of homesickness. His French ‘family’ has taken him to climb canyons, visit chateaux near Paris, and to swim at a beach near Biarritz. He says he has learned enough French to communicate with other kids and his …

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Aug 01

Web and Video Language Immersion

Students are bombarded with media and spend too many hours in front of computer and TV screens. Does this mean we shouldn’t show videos in class? Of course not. There is an important place for watching videos in the French or Spanish language classroom. Second languages are best learned in situ but not every student can jet …

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Jul 02

New Canadian Noir & a French Exchange

I just made the deadline to submit a story to The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir. Wish me luck as this anthology, edited by Claude Lalumiere and David Nickle is sure to attract a lot of submissions. My other news is that I have started editing my latest novel, Hot Old Ladies Club. I …

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Apr 12

Skiing Le Massif De Charlevoix

Following my adventures in Peru, I spent a week in Quebec with a four French tourists. My friend, the parent of my high school exchange partner, is a remarkable woman who skis in the Pyrenees and who enjoys travelling all over the world. I spent an athletic week with them, hiking through snow on snow …

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Feb 20

Crispy crunchy return

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Sep 30

Le Chandail — The Hockey Sweater

Today my son skated the season’s first 8:15 – 9:15 hockey practice. I knew it went well when he came off the ice smiling and asked if it had only lasted twenty minutes. What a change from last year, when I found just putting on his equipment challenging. “Are your skates too tight? Too loose? …

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Sep 16

TIFF — Why I love French Films

Despite director Benoit Jacquot’s experience, I was afraid to expect much from L’intouchable. The premise is that an actress runs off to India with only a name and a second-hand memory, seeking a father that may be hers. The results could have been absurd, the heroine merely silly. Instead, this film offers richness and authenticity, …

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Sep 10

Two Films and a Wedding until 1:00

Saturday I went directly from my two festival films to a wedding in the St. Andrews club overlooking Toronto Harbour and, incidentally, the Roy Thompson Hall gala. I think I was having a better time which means these reviews are short. La Tourneuse de Pages was a deliberately slow-moving thriller which avoids the obvious choices. …

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