The Year in Review

It’s been a huge year at French at Melbourne, in French Studies at Melbourne Uni and especially in France. For reasons happy and sad, momentous and playful, we blogged our way through 2015.

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The year began with a wonderfully successful film review series, in tandem with the Alliance Française French Film Festival. Merci beaucoup, Anindita, Anna, Antonia, Bertrand, Cathleen, Jess, Justina and Véronique for your brilliant reviews, which inspired many readers to head to the festival and enjoy some French screen cultures themselves.

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We also featured some wonderful essays from some of our most promising students in advanced-level French at Melbourne Uni: from Augustus, Catherine and Daniel’s work in French Cinema: The New Wave and Beyond, to restaurant reviews from Emmanuelle, a student of our subject Matters of Taste.

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We also covered both local and international events, from our own French Department’s seminar with Goncourt Prize-winning author François Garde to the global climate change summit, COP21, in Paris.

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Each Monday, we shared five links we love, ranging from French language learning tips to travel suggestions, French-run cafes in Melbourne, interesting Francophile events and research on bilingualism.

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Tragically, on two occasions, in January and November, we picked up our pens to write about the losses of life at the hands of extremists in Paris.

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And throughout the year, we enjoyed posts from our wide range of guest bloggers, from Melbourne Uni and beyond, who shared their favourite cafes, restaurantslanguage quirksbookshops, travel experiencesrecipes and other French-themed recommendations with us.

Merci to our readers, guest bloggers, students, staff and alumni.

Bonnes fêtes à vous tous.

By Gemma King.

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