ERIC Number: ED346724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Teaching the Cultures of Francophone Countries to High School French Students through Group Activities.
Pulliam, Brenda J.
In recognition of the need to improve the cultural proficiency of high school students studying French, a 12-week unit was developed and implemented to teach the cultures of francophone countries to 20 randomly selected first-level students. A survey and pretest were administered to determine students' ability to demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of French-speaking countries and people. The teaching strategy for the unit used a combination of student-centered activities such as dialogues, skits, minidramas, research projects, group discussions, and an interaction with another language class. A portable language lab with wireless headsets and cassette tape recorders facilitated a variety of simultaneous activities. Individual and group activities and a posttest measured the outcomes. Improvements in students' cultural proficiency were found in the following areas: ability to recognize and locate francophone countries on a world map; ability to describe in both oral and written forms cultural patterns of French-speaking people; and ability to express ideas about diverse aspects of life in francophone countries. Appendices contain the student survey, questionnaire, world map, and test. Contains 26 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum I Report, Nova University.