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 some of the resources that will support you as their teacher in using this book with your students.
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.
If you would like to follow each up with a video, here are three EdPuzzles for your students:
I hope you will find these materials useful with your own students!