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Everyday Acadian & Culture

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Here’s a great opportunity to 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

Dates: TBD
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Offered online
Course fee: $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. She has taught conversational French, beginner & intermediate French, Acadian French, conversational English and ESL, as well as various types of art classes. Her passion for Acadian culture has landed her a recurring guest spot on CBC Information Morning for Acadian Culture and education. For the last ten years, she has taught with CCNB, the Anglophone south school district, The College of Extended Learning and privately. Nina also has a background in fine arts, animation and graphics, as well as office administration, and a Business Management degree from UNB. She is currently studying for her Masters of Education in Leadership online through Yorkville University and works full-time as the Manager of Quality Assurance at Yorkville overseeing 16 online programs from diploma to doctorate level.

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