Individuals in a culture share knowledge of the same people. When I listen to a podcast or read a book, there are references to real people who it is understood that the listener or reader will know. In Novice French I want to introduce my students to people world-wide who speak the language they are learning, so I have found this reader to be helpful. The purpose of my post is to share with you one way this reader could be incorporated into your students’ learning.
The can-do statement for intercultural communication is: I can describe famous people who speak French.
You might want to start with a video of why people around the world speak French. This EdPuzzle of a video from 1jour1actu could be a good start. Then move on to a Quizlet that introduces high frequency verbs in the first person. These phrases appear again and again in the readings and teaching them up front will support your students. Next, have the students do the short one-page readings on the different personalities. After the students read, ask them to list five facts in their journal about the person, then have them share these facts as a whole class.
This reader is an excellent example of a place where materials written for language learning can be a support for using authentic documents. The reader is very accessible to novice learning and provides them with entry-level information. If you like to teach using authentic documents, follow up with an authentic document. For example, here are three EdPuzzles for your students:
I have two ideas for a follow-up activity after students have read about a few different people. As a first example, the teacher can put up a slide at the front of the room with pictures of the people and their names. The teacher can use some of the information that students shared about them and ask the students to guess which person is being described. Secondly, the students can do a gallery walk where they write stickies to describe the different individuals and place them on their picture. This can be done in the classroom by printing out pictures, labeling them with the names, hanging them around the room and giving students stickies. Or, it can be done online by creating a series of slides on Jamboard with the pictures and names and students can post stickies virtually. Either way, allow students to use their notes as references when writing details on the stickies.
I hope you will find these materials useful with your own students!