ERIC Number: ED418588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Teaching French from a Francophone Perspective: The Inclusion of Francophone Countries Other than France.
Wiley, Matthew Paul
In an effort to expand the teaching of culture related to the French language, a high school French teacher undertook a project to teach francophone culture in countries other than France. The report begins with an extensive discussion and review of literature concerning the extent and diversity of the francophone world, the role of cultural education in language instruction, problems encountered in incorporating cultural instruction in French language programs, and the treatment of francophone cultures in published instructional materials. In a Catholic high school, three French classes at different proficiency levels participated throughout one semester. Instruction on francophone cultures was incorporated into each course. Data were gathered, in surveys and interviews, on students' prior knowledge about francophone countries, interest in francophone culture, and attitudes about francophone culture and its instruction. The teacher's attitudes were also recorded. The report concluded that francophone culture should be more commonly and comprehensively incorporated into French language instruction, students' interest in this content complemented language instruction, textbooks must include more information on various cultures in order to increase students' understanding of the importance of French, presentation of this content must be handled with care to avoid teaching skewed perspectives of the various cultures, and the ideal vehicle is a third-year university course. Contains 22 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Non European Francophone Areas
Note: Master's Thesis, Depaul University.