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In some countries, particularly the U.S., a university education has become so expensive that some wonder if it is even worth going to college at all, any more. Let’s start with a conversation. Then we’ll come back and look more closely at some key vocabulary.

Direct download: 187a-diplomes-universitaires.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 4:16pm UTC

It’s holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series we’ve seen. That’s the subject of our conversation this time. First, let’s talk about a French production called ‘Spiral’.

Direct download: 186-spiral_mixdown.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:32am UTC

The coral reefs of the world’s oceans are in mortal danger but, as is often the case with environmental concerns, few people seem to appreciate that the dangers are imminent. That is the focus of our lesson this time.

Direct download: 185-recifs.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 10:55pm UTC

Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems we’re on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit ? That’s the subject of our conversation in this lesson.

Direct download: 184-tablettes-tactiles_mixdown-a.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:22am UTC

This lesson is inspired by our having heard about Norway in Michael Moore’s latest satirical documentary. Now, no country is perfect but Norway certainly seems to have a lot going for it. Let’s start with a conversation.

Direct download: 183-la-norvege-final_mixdown-a.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:33pm UTC

The title of this Advanced lesson may be controversial. After all, it is a fact that tens of thousands of people – some of whom have been lifted out of abject poverty – work in call centres around the world. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? Béatrix talks of her friend’s experience in one such call centre. Let’s listen.

Direct download: 182-centres-dappel-final_mixdown-1.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:42am UTC

A listener asked about ‘tu’ and ‘vous’. In English, we simply use the pronoun ‘you’ but, in French, things are more complicated. In this conversation, we talk about when to use ‘tu’ and ‘vous’… and how to ‘make the switch’ between the two when our relationships have evolved over time. Let’s listen.

Direct download: 181-tu-ou-vous-final_mixdown.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:33am UTC

A listener asked said he had recently been in France and had heard a few slang words used frequently. In this lesson, our dialogue makes use of a variety of slang words, some of which are very common. Let’s listen.

Direct download: 180-tas-lair-stresse-final-cut-a.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:00am UTC

This time, our lesson centres on the social tensions in France, arising from the proposed introduction of new work laws. The main protagonists are, on the one hand, the CGT - a very powerful union - and, on the other, the government which insists that there is no alternative to the new measures it is proposing.

Direct download: 179-loi-travail_mixdown-1.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:26am UTC

He was the world’s most famous boxer. But, to many, he represented much more than a particular sport. In this lesson, let’s talk about Mohammed Ali.

Direct download: 178-muhammed-ali.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:35am UTC