Category: French

Those “Other” Hypotheses: The Monitor Hypothesis

Obviously there are aspects of language in the real world that require more than just acquisition. Krashen’s Monitor hypothesis addresses this quite neatly. It talks about a watcher that functions in language use, helping to keep everything neat and tidy. Just as a hall monitor watches students in the corridors of learning, and a TV monitor allows us to keep an eye on what’s happening in another place, the Monitor keeps tabs on language coming out.

FAQ About French Food, Coffee, Wine, and Tipping

A typical French lunch consists of a starter (“une entrée”), such as a mixed salad, soup, some terrine or pâté, and bread. A main course (“le plat principal”) is typically a choice of meat or fish with potatoes, rice, pasta, and/or vegetables; a cheese course (often a selection of local cheeses); and/or a dessert. A “café gourmand” is a very tasty and inexpensive option as you are served three to five small desserts, such as crème brûlée, mousse au chocolat, baba au rhum, macarons, etc. Some menus give you the alternative to choose either an “entrée” and “plat principal” or a “plat principal” and “dessert”.

Contributions of French Women

A group of French authors, including Blanche Cardoner, Emma Dechorgnat, Sirine Dutot, Martin Louette, Raphaëlle Reynaud, Lou Desance, and Delphine Bourdon, have taken the gender-equality issue to the next level with a project that is designed to incorporate the contributions from women into major Paris landmarks.

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