French, a global language, spoken in Africa and the Caribbean!
Three mini-thematic units for real beginners, one on Martinique, two on Africa.
1. Un voyage en Martinique, Pack your bags to visit the Caribbean!
2. Youssou N´Dour, Singer, musician, Senegalese
3. Le français en Afrique, Where is it spoken? Who speaks it?
The diversity of the French speaking world is a relevation to most students!
Teachers often look for materials that will speak to specific students. Two of the units deal with Africa: the first is about music, the second about languages. Teach musical instruments with Youssou N'Dour's band; have your students think how the languages now spoken in North and South America have displaced the original languages. Then focus your attention on Africa and see where French is spoken. This information is an excellent way of practicing quel / quels and quelle / quelles.
A young tourist packs her bags for a holiday in Martinique. Review clothing to help her select the right items to pack. Once in Martinique, she writes her friend a postcard, a cloze exercise. Upon her return, she goes back to school where her teacher explains French DOM and TOM.
Subject matter: geography, historical background
Vocabulary: clothing, days of the week; musical instruments; colonialism
Grammar: adverbs of place, aller, faire; articles; avant and après
Oral practice: imaginary vacations; band, videos; French spoken in Africa
Homework: imaginary vacations; music; languages
Internet: Key word list to facilitate a search