This exercise introduces the student to the French national anthem, its themes and its historical significance. Part one is a simple question and answer exercise on the Marseillaise using the Symboles de la Republique site. This part provides the historical background. Part two consists of a deeper investigation of the characteristics of cultural icons and challenges the student to think more deeply about the topic. Part two questions can be answered in a discussion forum for greater interactivity.
A minimum of 30 minutes per part. Discussion forum may encourage more time on task.
French culture, history and civilization. Crosscultural comparisons.
Second year French and above
Second year college French. Intermediate reading proficiency.
To develop awareness of French cultural icons, particularly la Marseillaise.
To learn the historical significance of the French national anthem.
To practice reading and writing skills in French, using authentic materials.
To make cross-cultural comparisons.
Text of Learning Exercise:
French Cultural Icons: La Marseillaise
This assignment, based on the Symboles de la République web site, will give you cultural and historical insights on the famous French national anthem, La Marseillaise. The whole world knows the tune whether by hearing it at Olympic award ceremonies or by recalling the famous scene where it is sung in the movie Casablanca. However,
you may not know why it is called the Marseillaise to begin with or why it has been the subject of fame and even controversy throughout the years. This exercise will increase your factual knowledge as well as challenge you to think more deeply of the role of national anthems. It will also help you practice your French.
This part of the assignment will give you some historical background. Follow the directions below.