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187
Un diplôme universitaire, cela en vaut-il la peine?

In some countries, particularly the U.S., a university education has become so expensive that some wonder if it is even worth going to college at all, any more. Let’s start with a conversation. Then we’ll come back and look more closely at some key vocabulary.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 187
Level: Intermediate

186
"Est-ce que tu regardes quelque chose d'intéressant à la télé?"

It’s holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series we’ve seen. That’s the subject of our conversation this time. First, let’s talk about a French production called ‘Spiral’.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 186
Level: Intermediate

185
Les récifs coralliens menacés de disparition

The coral reefs of the world’s oceans are in mortal danger but, as is often the case with environmental concerns, few people seem to appreciate that the dangers are imminent. That is the focus of our lesson this time.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 185
Level: Intermediate

184
Les tablettes tactiles en classe : un « canular » très coûteux ?

Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems we’re on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit? That’s the subject of our conversation in this lesson.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 184
Level: Intermediate

183
La Norvège : 'un pays de cocagne'

This lesson is inspired by our having heard about Norway in Michael Moore’s latest satirical documentary. Now, no country is perfect but Norway certainly seems to have a lot going for it. Let’s start with a conversation.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 183
Level: Intermediate

182
Les centres d’appel : ‘les ateliers de misère du 21e siècle’?

The title of this Advanced lesson may be controversial. After all, it is a fact that tens of thousands of people – some of whom have been lifted out of abject poverty – work in call centres around the world. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? Béatrix talks of her friend’s experience in one such call centre. Let’s listen.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 182
Level: Advanced

181
‘Tu’ ou ‘vous’?

A listener asked about ‘tu’ and ‘vous’. In English, we simply use the pronoun ‘you’ but, in French, things are more complicated. In this conversation, we talk about when to use ‘tu’ and ‘vous’… and how to ‘make the switch’ between the two when our relationships have evolved over time. Let’s listen.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 181
Level: Intermediate

180
"Tu as l'air stressé aujourd'hui!…"

A listener asked said he had recently been in France and had heard a few slang words used frequently. In this lesson, our dialogue makes use of a variety of slang words, some of which are very common. Let’s listen…


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 180
Level: Intermediate

179
La Loi travail: une réforme controversée

This time, our lesson centres on the social tensions in France, arising from the proposed introduction of the new employment law. The main protagonists are, on the one hand, the CGT - a very powerful union - and, on the other, the government which insists that there is no alternative to the new measures it is proposing.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 179
Level: Advanced

178
“Mohammed Ali: une personnalité exceptionnelle”

He was the world’s most famous boxer. But, to many, he represented much more than a particular sport. In this lesson, let’s talk about Mohammed Ali.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 178
Level: Intermediate

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