Imagine writing an article as an assignment for a French workshop class and ending up with your prose published in a newspaper in France. Two students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison just added that milestone to their list of undergraduate experiences.
Juan Fonseca and Zuzanna Sztul are among the 38 students in French 312 (Advanced Oral and Written Expression: Writing Across the Humanities), taught in two sections this spring by Névine El-Nossery and Andrew Irving.
French 312 follows a workshop format in which students read, analyze, present and write texts in different forms, from academic dissertations to professional communication and even satire and over-the-top descriptions.
In the recent unit on La Presse, the students analyzed the sometimes strict format and style of French journalistic writing. As part of this unit, they spoke via Skype on March 11 with writers and editors from La Nouvelle République: Loir-et-Cher (the Loir-et-Cher region’s edition of the Nouvelle République).