Here is a grade 6-8 project that I have done with my core French students. In the past, I often had Core French students question me of why they were obliged to learn French in school. I have therefore designed this project with that question in mind. In designing this project, I wanted to show my students that French is an important language that is widely spoken by many people in many different countries and continents across the world. During this project, students have the opportunity to work in pairs and to research the Francophone/Francophile country of their choice (I have used the Organisation Internationale de la francophonie as a point of reference).
Since there is a very wide range of abilities and fluency levels in Core French, I have structured this project in a way that it would be accessible to all Core French learners. I have included: a description of the task in French, the English translation of the task for the students who have very limited French, a vocabulary list, a choice list of countries divided according to the continents in which they are found, guiding questions, a checklist, a guideline of how to write a bibliography, and an evaluation rubric written in English (to facilitate parent and student understanding of how the project will be evaluated).
Overall, I have been quite pleasantly surprised by how well my Core students worked on this project.