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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: La France Pittoresque
Submitted by: Laura Franklin on Jul 11, 2001
Date Last Modified: Oct 05, 2002
Title: La France Pittoresque
Description: The assignment requires students to write in the imperfect tense, as they discover the way things used to be in France. The task requires the gathering and processing of information on an old French tradition, custom or profession. Students will process the information and recount their findings using the appropriate tense.
Time Required 60 minutes
Topics: Traditions, coutumes, legendes, personnages, terroirs, metiers, flore et faune.
Course: Intermediate and Advanced French
Prerequisites Skills: Students should be familiar with the use of the imperfect tense to describe habitual past action. Students should be able to change verbs in the present to the imperfect tense.
Learning Objectives: Students will learn to express themselves using the imperfect tense. Students will learn historical and cultural information about France.
Text of Learning Exercise:

Assignment Overview


The purpose
of this exercise is to get you thinknig about how things used to be and to compare
them to how they are today. The appropriate verb tense for this in French is
the imperfect, because it describes habitual past action. By reading some articles
in Les Chroniques d'Autrefois, you will analyze the use of the imperfect. You
will then use it yourself in a composition. In the meantime, you will learn
some cultural history.


1. On the home page of La France
Pittoresque
, scroll down to Les Chroniques d'Autrefois.


2. Click on one of the categories
(Traditions, personnages ou metiers) and read an article about an old
French tradition, personality, or profession.( Note: When you first click on
the category, you will see the featured selection on the screen. Look to the
navigation bar at the left to reveal other possible choices. Do not simply choose
the featured selection by default, but select something that really interests
you.)


3. Make a list with two columns,
one labelled "Autrefois" and the other "Aujourd'hui". Draw
facts from the article on how things used to be and put them in your Autrefois
column. In the Aujourd'hui column, write your own comments on how things are
different today.


4. Write a short composition, using
the imperfect tense, describing the activities in the article. The emphasis
should be on how things used to be.


5. Conclude by comparing the way
things used to be to theway that they are today.


6. Follow your instructor's directions
on delivery of the assignment.


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