To maintain my French I plan to read some French this summer. How do we look for search and find titles to read in a foreign language?
Springboard from known readings
My spring semester French class read excerpts from certain texts. One of those excerpts, from Faïza Guène’s Kiffe Kiffe Demain (Kiffe kiffe* Tomorrow) had me hooked. I wanted to read the whole novel.
Springboard from known people, places, or events
A recording made me curious about the early 20th century Québec musician called “La Bolduc.” Réal Benoit’s La Bolduc is dated, but a solid starting point.
I spotted a copy of Antonine Maillet’s La Gribouille. I had enjoyed Maillet’s Pélagie la Charrette, but hadn’t known that there was a sequel. Since I read more slowly in French than I do in English, this lucky find may take me into the fall. Whenever I read it, it should be interesting.
Of course these strategies are intertwined. The serendipitous find connected with a known author and a known work. Also, they apply to readings in English as much as they do to foreign language readings. Still, they are examples of how search strategy can work (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, pp. 22-23).
At the same time the searching involved curiosity (ACRL, 2016, p.19). Where will your curiosity take you in your summer reading?
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.
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