Training Workshop for French Teachers with specialist Pierre-Yves Roux from the CIEP [fr]

Learn to better integrate contemporary French and Francophone culture into your classroom!

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When: Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9:30am - 4:00pm
Where: Ecole Bilingue de La Nouvelle-Orléans, 821 General Pershing Street, New Orleans

For teachers of French as a foreign language in public secondary schools, it may be possible to reimburse your school or Parish for your substitute (contact nicolas.torres@diplomatie.gouv.fr if this applies to you.)

Program description:

JPEGInstructor: Pierre-Yves ROUX, responsable de l’unité expertise et qualité (département langue française; Centre international d’études pédagogiques)

Duration: 1 day

Audience: Teachers of French as a Foreign Language; training is especially relevant to teachers of AP French but is open to all teachers who wish to integrate more cultural aspects into their class.

Topic: We cannot imagine teaching and learning a foreign language without bringing a particular focus to the associated culture, ensuring that our methods are integrated with the real culture at hand. This training will identify the main challenges encountered by French teachers in this domain, and propose pedagogic methods and concrete educational activities for overcoming such challenges. The session will thus serve as an opportunity for discovery and updating of teacher knowledge and resources, but also a chance for reflection on the cultural identities in the contemporary French/Francophone world, as well as their role in the French classroom.

Content: We will address the questions and themes below in the following order:

- Why include culture in a French class?

- Deconstructing stereotypes

- Thematic activities for the classroom:

  • The family, a dynamic and evolving concept
  • Upscale neighborhoods vs. disadvantaged suburbs
  • A French perspective on environmental conservation
  • French technological innovation: new technology and its societal role, etc.

- Presentation of contemporary literature allowing for cultural discovery

- An Escape Game for discovering French and Francophone culture

- In conclusion: takeaways from the training; concepts and methodologies

Format: this training will emphasize practical techniques and include guided presentation of associated tools for the classroom. It will alternate between plenary presentations and work and reflection in smaller groups.

Last modified on 21/02/2019

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