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Exploring French-Canadian culture in the FSL classroom

 Exploring French-Canadian culture in the FSL classroom

The vision and goals of the Ontario Second Language curriculum hold the firm belief that students are to learn about Canadian culture and to appreciate and understand how it aligns with other global cultures. While younger students are to learn about how French culture and language is connected in their own communities, older students explore its’ reach throughout Canada and abroad. Below, I outline some ways that you can integrate French culture in your FSL classroom. As well, I showcase some project ideas for learning about French-speaking communities locally and throughout the globe.

You can easily integrate culture into your classroom with very little prep in the following ways: 

1.    Music

Each year, the CBC releases its’ summary of the best current French-Canadian music albums of the year. Playing current French music in the classroom during work periods or at the beginning of class is a great way to expose students to Canadian artists. For the CBC list – CLICK HERE.

2.    Art

Print and post some pictures of pieces of art by French-Canadian artists with a biography of the artist for students to read. You can also create fill-in-the-blank sheets and take students on an ‘art tour’ around the classroom!

3.    Celebrations

Holidays are always fun to celebrate in the French classroom and students remember these days the most. Try celebrating a French-Canadian holiday like ‘Jour des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes’ on September 25th. 

4.    Stories

Story-telling is always a great way to get to know a culture. Here are links to some great French tales: https://www.thefablecottage.com/french

 

Project ideas for learning about French-Canadian culture

 

Des Canadiens célèbres Famous Canadians French biography project

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Celebrate famous Canadians in your French classroom! This research project is designed for French language learners in grades 4-8. Your students will perform in-depth research on a notable Canadian person (historical, present, entertainer, political). Your students will gain valuable research skills and learn to write descriptions in French and complete a timeline. Your students will complete a unique interactive display of your research.

 

French virtual field trip Excursion virtuelle Quebec

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Virtual field trips are the perfect tool for providing an authentic learning experience from your own classroom (or for distance learning). This resource will guide your students through a virtual visit to the province of Quebec.

 

Les festivals francophones au Canada French Festivals

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This research project is designed for French language learners in grades 4-8. Your students will explore how communities in Canada celebrate Francophone culture at annual festivals throughout the country. This research project helps satisfy the curriculum requirements for intercultural awareness.

 

French Communities in Canada- intercultural awareness project

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This project satisfies the intercultural awareness component of the Ontario French as a Second Language curriculum for grades 4, 5 and 6. This package includes a 2-page research project, customized for each grade. A list of possible communities to research for each grade level is also included. Students will utilize their developing research skills to locate the information required for their chosen city.

 

Project ideas for learning about International French cultures

 

French countries research project les pays francophones

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This research project is designed for French language learners in grades 4-8. Your students will perform in-depth research on one country in which French is an official language.

Students will become more aware of the prominence of the French language throughout the world, and the customs, geography and interesting facts about these countries.

 

French communities of the world- an intercultural awareness project

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This project satisfies the intercultural awareness component of the Ontario French as a Second Language curriculum for grades 7 & 8.

This package includes a 2-page research project, customized for each grade. A list of possible communities to research for each grade level is also included. Students will utilize their developing research skills to locate the information required for their chosen city.




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