For the past 3 years, I have been teaching Novice learners exclusively and I have been striving to develop their intercultural competency while continuing to invite even more francophone people from the global majority and historically resilient communities in my Novice curriculum. Making space and sharing the space.
A few weeks ago, I shared an overview of my “What do I have in common with a francophone person?” cultural unit with CI for French teachers on FB. The response and interest from teachers was amazing! So, I spent several weekends organizing and formatting my materials in order to share them with you. I am thrilled to be sharing this multi-week cultural unit with you at no cost. If you like what you find and would like to make a donation, my paypal is firstname.lastname@example.org and my Venmo is @Cecile-Laine.
Important note: I typically start this unit in October and finish it at the end of January. When I said “making space”, I meant it. Also, I teach Middle School students for 65 minutes 3-4 times a week, so that is what is reflected in my lesson plans. You know your students best, feel free to adapt.
French is spoken across the world due to France’s history of colonization.
A Francophone person often speaks multiple languages and has multiple cultural heritages.
Francophone cultures are extremely rich and diverse. While I know it will take me years to develop a deep understanding, appreciation, and empathy for these cultures, I am excited to start developing an understanding and appreciation via exchanging with an e-pal, and gaining some knowledge about the contributions of a variety of Francophone people.
Interpretive Reading and Listening
I can identify the topic and some isolated facts from simple sentences in informational “texts” (listen, view, and read) describing francophone people.
I can understand familiar questions and statements from simple sentences in conversations about myself and others.
I can request and provide information to my French e-pal by asking and answering a few simple questions on very familiar and everyday topics, using a mixture of practiced or memorized words, phrases, and simple sentences. (Not included in the materials)
I can identify a few contributions by famous Francophones (products).
I can identify a few francophone cultural celebrations (practices).
I can locate francophone countries on a world map and answer a few questions about these countries.
L4J social justice
I can respectfully describe ways that Francophone people are similar to and different from each other and from me, using novice language.
- Special francophone persons
- Le Monde francophone
- Fet Gede
- Bilal Hassani
- New Year’s resolutions
- Angelique Kidjo
- Léopold Sédar Senghor
- Culminating project: Black History Month exhibit
LESSON PLANS AND MATERIALS
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I have been updating this unit for many years now and will continue to do so. The (un)learning is never done. If you find errors or have ideas to continue improving this unit, please get in touch with me or leave a comment.