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French/MFL: French Media – Quick, Quick, Quick: France, Riots & The Media With Claire Cuminatto & Ilse Renaudie From University of East Anglia

18th September 2023 @ 15:45 - 16:30

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Did you hear about the riots that took place in France last June/July? Was it on your social media feed? Did you see it on the TV news?

In this session, we will be exploring the presentation of the 2023 riots by French information channels. These have been a gaining in popularity and presence in the French media landscape and have acquired substantial power when it comes to influencing public opinion since another major wave of riots which took place in 2005. It will thus be interesting to find out what has changed since 2005,  and how news channels covered the 2023 riots in particular.

We will finally look at the language used during the last riots to see more in detail how the public’s attention is captured and what characterises the style of this media genre.

The session will be run in English but will make ongoing reference to French language and its use.


Lecturer Profiles (Please Click):

Claire Cuminatto has been teaching French language at the University of East Anglia since 2011. She teaches various levels, from Ab-initio to the final year final semester module of the French Honours degree. She is passionate about what careers students’ degrees can lead to, and is Associate Dean for Employability for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Her interest in careers and employability is reflected in her French teaching, as she leads second and final year professional French seminars. She favours group work in all her classes and very regularly uses authentic mediatic extracts to trigger discussions and language acquisition.

Ilse Renaudie teaches French language and cultures as well as translation between French and English. Through her teaching, she is particularly interested in the development of fluency and phraseology through translation as well as through collaborative project work. Ilse teaches French language from first to final year undergraduates and has experience of coordinating students’ period abroad. In her classes, she often uses news items, with various purposes including summarising, translating, acquiring vocabulary and comparing the presentation of news across languages as well as within French national and regional or local news.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, French/MFL and related disciplines. Student groups, and individual students and teachers are very welcome to join us. Students interested in international Media will also find this very useful.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying French/MFL at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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18th September 2023
15:45 - 16:30
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