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French AP Thematic Unit: “How does language reflect our identity and culture?"

French AP Thematic Unit: “How does language reflect our identity and culture?"
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Personal and public identities / Contemporary Life: “How does our language reflect our identity, our culture, and our attitudes?”

This bundle contains a French AP thematic unit centered around the French language. I typically run this unit in March in order to hit March 20th, Journée internationale de la Francophonie.

1. Analyze how the language we speak is influenced by our culture and other cultures

Using the example of the removal of the term “Mademoiselle” from official government forms, we explore how language has to adapt to modern times. Next, through a persuasive essay, we take a position for or against the “réforme de l’orthographe” and we try to understand why it generated such a huge controversy in France.

2. Analyze the status of the French language in Québec by forming a research-based opinion and interviewing a native speaker from Québec

Through watching videos, reading articles, and finding their own reliable sources, students form an educated opinion about the state of the French language in Québec.

3. Participate in “la Journée internationale de la Francophonie” ; explore, create, and play with the French language

In the week that leads up to the Journée internationale de la Francophonie (03/20), students learn a little bit more about the OIF and create a cultural product using “Dis-moi dix mots“.

For more information about this unit, please visit my blog.
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