Category: Culture

  • Summer learning: Movement and Decolonizing the curriculum

    For me this summer was a time to travel, reflect and attend some excellent PD. The two pieces I have been thinking about are how to work movement more into my teaching and how to address topics that honor the different parts of the world where French is spoken while talking openly about the role […]

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  • Teaching Culture

    When teaching culture, World Language teachers avoid making generalizations or rules. Instead, we show students examples from the culture by sharing authentic documents in order for students to make their own observations and draw their own conclusions. We do our best work when we share multiple authentic documents in an attempt to avoid representing a […]

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  • Stations for communication and culture in French class

    What are the reasons teachers use stations? It allows students to be self-directed, groups to collaborate and the teacher to work in small groups. I thought I would try out this strategy and wanted to share my sample lesson on the country of Niger and daily activities with you. Here is my step by step […]

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  • Photos for discussion in the World Language classroom

    Images can be rich and compelling. Looking at them, language learners are encouraged to speak. When discussing images, you can employ Visual Thinking Strategy. Here are some questions to ask students to get you started (and if you want you can research the method further). – What is going on in this picture?– What do […]

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  • Teaching Intercultural Competency

    While we are teaching students to communicate in another language we are also teaching them intercultural competency, so that students can learn to interact in other cultures. As I am currently planning lessons I feel fortunate that there has been a lot written on teaching culture and some of the guidance is available for free […]

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  • Reader: Qui parle français? Livre 1

    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 […]

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  • Infusing Culture in Assessment

    My discovery of backward design came at the right time. I have been slowly making the shift from teaching students about language to teaching students to use language, what we sum up as teaching for proficiency. Backward design allowed me to make a change in what the students understood they had to do. The teacher […]

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