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"The Harry Potter Class"

Few classes could sound less exciting or more difficult than "French 404: Advanced French Grammar and Conversation." So, Professor Skye Paine decided to bring American popular culture into the French classroom by choosing a translated version of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling, as one of the prominent texts for the class.

While the students enjoy reading a book that they know so well, they are still expected to tackle the most difficult grammar points that they have encountered.

Students role playing Harry Potter characters

The picture above features two students performing as the mystical Professor Trelawney and the skeptical Hermione Granger. This kind of role play is an integral part of the course. Every student has taken on their own identities from the Harry Potter series and perform in alternate egos every week. Through this from of "acting" it helps reinforce the idea to the students that speaking another language is often a performance.

Last Updated 11/20/18

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