Francophone Culture in an FSL Classroom – Part II

So the end of the year approached much more quickly than I had originally anticipated.  Despite the fact that time crunch was a huge factor, my students pulled through, worked hard and many completed the projects for me in the nick of time!  Here are some of the results that we have so far.


Grade 5 – Regions of Quebec



Grade 6 – Francophone Regions/Cities in Canada (Outside of Quebec and Ontario)


Grade 7 – Francophone Communities/Regions/Countries in North & South America (Excluding Canada)

St. Lucia

St. Pierre et Miquelon

St. Martin


Fort Kent, Maine



6 Responses

  1. Genevieve Scott

    These are great projects? May I ask, how did you evaluate your students? The project isn’t in French, so were you evaluating them based on the content and their ability to share knowledge about French culture/communities?

    • Hi Genevieve, Thanks for your comment. Yes, we addressed presenting information for different purposes and audiences. Some of the materials that students accessed was in the target language and therefore they would have to apply reading strategies when researching. The reason I have them present the information in English is that I really want the students to gain an appreciation for the culture and areas. I find when the information is put into French by the students, the quality is not great and students struggle to understand one another. They get lost in translation and on top of that then do not appreciate one another’s work. When we have done it in English,the students are truly engaged in what their peers are doing and really learn and appreciate the different places. This is not a huge focus for us, when I have done them, they are generally at the end of the year (last 3-5 weeks). The rest of my program is obviously all in French and there is a huge focus on oral communication and spontaneity. Trying to do them in French again in the future is a goal of mine, but the project will take much longer in my opinion and I would have to rethink what and how we were address the whole thing. I hope this helps and that you find it useful! Thanks so much for your comment!

  2. Genevieve Scott

    Hi I just wanted to follow up! I attended a workshop after our exchange about technology in the classroom, and decided to take your concept and transfer it to the Vlog format. My kids had been studying French festivals across Canada, and had been reading/writing/speaking about them in French. Over the last two weeks, I had them create Video Blogs in English, incorporating what they had learned. They were fantastic! And many kids ended up including some French in as well through songs, vocab we had learned, etc. Thought I’d share!

    • Hi!! I am so glad you did follow up! That sounds amazing! I would love to hear more about how you did this with your students! Do you have any of the Vlogs that you would be able to share? Would love to see examples of your students’ work too!! I am glad you had a great experience with it and love that you shared that with me! Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  3. Thanks for this. What program or app did your grade 5’s use for their digital pamphlets?

    • Hi Leanne, Thanks for the comment. When I posted this, my students had used Pages on the iPads to create their brochures. In hindsight, it was a bit difficult for students to use at that grade level due to the detail and features available in Pages. When I decide to do it again, I will likely allow my students to choose in which way they would like to present the information, within the context of a few different options. I would let them create a blog, use an app such as Picollage or Thinglink. If we got really ambitious I might even try to create ‘interactive’ posters with something such as Aurasma. Hope that helps.

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