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French to be the world's most commonly spoken language by 2050

French to be the world's most commonly spoken language by 2050 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The latest projection is that French will be spoken by 750 million people by 2050, compared to 220 million people in 2010, according to France's National Institute of Demographic Studies.
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A Look Inside Charlie Hebdo, Their Creative Process & the Making of a Fateful Cartoon

A Look Inside Charlie Hebdo, Their Creative Process & the Making of a Fateful Cartoon | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This 6 minute video clip amounts to a short documentary of the editors of Charlie Hebdo and documents the creative process behind the making of the cartoon that led to last week's violence.

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Discusses His Love for Reading Proust, and Why “Literature is Crucial to Any Democracy”

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Discusses His Love for Reading Proust, and Why “Literature is Crucial to Any Democracy” | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

An interview of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer published in The New York Review of Books includes his thoughts on reading Proust (in French) and his responses to some great questions, including: "Why is literature crucial to a democracy? and Does reading the US Constitution having anything in common with reading a great literary work?"

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Now is surely the time to renew our commitment to the teaching and learning of French

Now is surely the time to renew our commitment to the teaching and learning of French | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The point of studying French is not to promote French culture in the narrow sense. So when we pick up a book by Albert Camus or read about Zinedine Zidane, we should also talk about what it means to be exiled from Algeria and settle in France. We need to listen to Mali's Amadou and Mariam or Toumani Diabaté alongside Debussy and Ravel. French culture, just like British, is intrinsically multicultural. Nevertheless, the essentials remain the same."

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This British writer makes a case for the importance of teaching any world language.

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How to Read Camus Like a Boss

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Adventures in French education

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the mysteries of acquiring fluency in another language.

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Reveil - Waking Up French

Reveil - Waking Up French | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

I just got an email from Maine Public Broadcasting with the following information about the screening of this film on April 11.  If you follow the link, you'll see the film is about Maine's Franco-American history.

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Thank you for your support of MPBN!

 

 

Greetings Heather,

In celebration of the MPBN Community Films, please join us for a "LIVE" screening of "Réveil… Waking Up French!" at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street in Portland on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 pm. Filmmaker Ben Levine will be on hand for a "Facilitated Discussion with the Filmmaker" at the event. The screening is FREE, but seating is limited: request tickets at rsvp@mpbn.net .

Special thanks to the folks at the Maine Historical Society for hosting our event!

We hope to see you there!

 

Physical Address: 
1450 Lisbon St.
Lewiston, Maine 04240 
Fax: 207-783-5193 
Phone Number: 
1 800 884-1717 
Homepage URL:http://www.mpbn.net/

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