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Everyday Acadian & Culture (Online Course)

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Practice your French while learning about Acadian French and the regional differences in the North, South, East, and West of the province.

NOTE: Some conversations will be in French and adult-themed topics will be touched upon.

In this course, you will be introduced to unique slang, Anglicism, and different French dialects from around New Brunswick. You'll also experience Acadian pop culture by breaking down the lyrics and meanings of Acadian songs, reading excerpts from Acadian social media and analysis culture, and breaking down Acadian memes and the meanings behind them. And you will explore different scenarios and hypothetical dialogue and situations.

Course timeline:

  • Week 1 - General History & A Pulse On Current Culture (400 years in a flash)
  • Week 2 - Southern New Brunswick: Exploring Chiac & culture surrounding this popular dialect
  • Week 3 - Northern Culture and Sayings
  • Week 4 - Acadians Outside of New Brunswick: Maritime culture and History

No materials are required.

Course details

Fall 2022

Dates/Times: Thursdays, Oct. 6 to 27, 2022 (4 weeks)
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Online
Save 15% if you register before Sept. 22, 2022
Price: $99 (+ HST)
Instructor: Nina Savoie-Colwell

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About the instructor

Nina Savoie-Colwell was born and raised on the Acadian peninsula in a bilingual household. For over a decade she has taught conversational French, beginner & intermediate French, Acadian French, conversational English and ESL, as well as various types of art classes. She has had the pleasure of teaching for Le Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, the Anglophone South School District, The College of Extended Learning and privately.

Summer 2020, Nina discussed Acadian Culture and History on CBC Radio Information Morning (SJ & Syndey) in a 8-week radio series promoting Acadian culture. An excerpt from her interview was also published in a history textbook for Nova Scotia elementary schools.

She also has a background in fine arts, animation and graphics, as well as office administration, and an undergrad in Business Management from UNB. She is currently studying for her MEd and works full time as a Quality Assurance Manager for a growing online university.

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