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stupeur et tremblements, a level french

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Resources have been written with the needs of busy teachers in mind. They are available:

  • to download (online version)
  • to receive on CD with access to the online version also
  • to receive as a VLE version (moodle, firefox etc) with access to the online version also

The prolific Amélie Nothomb is the nearest thing currently to a celebrity author in the French speaking world.  Daughter of a Belgian diplomat and brought up from a young age in Japan her work often has an oriental slant.   During the early 90's Japan was riding high on a booming economy and Japanese language and culture were attracting considerable attention in the west.   Since the subsequent economic slowdown China has tended to take over the mantle but Stupeur et tremblements was written within that context.

The female narrator arrives to begin her new job in a large Japanese corporation high up in a skyscraper overlooking the city.   Right from the start she commits cultural faux pas despite speaking the language fluently;  she cannot quite believe the cultural conventions which underpin this very traditional society.   Dazzled by her stylish  line manager, Amélie does her best to fit in, not realizing the effect her good intentions have on those around her in the pecking order.    The resulting clash of cultures changes her attitude towards a culture she had loved.

Short and approchable this novella has much to recommend it particularly for students with an economic or international bent.

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French literature, summary, essays

French literature, resources, essays,summary

  • Full page by page vocabulary list (can be used on phone, tablet)
  • Detailed summary of text with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each chapter/scene
  • PowerPoint with visuals and sentence starters (not all texts)
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives

French literature, resources, essays,summary

  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech

  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay

French literature, essays, summary

Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, summary, essays

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