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Conte-moi la Francophonie

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Patricia Cummins (Faculty), Mar 23, 2014

This material is useful for both High School and College, or for elementary and middle school IF it is an immersion classroom where students speak French at an intermediate level or better.

My college-level literature class members were each assigned a story from Mali.  As a class, we looked at the information on the country of Mali and its languages and cultures, we reviewed information on the author who prepared the material in both French and Bambara, and students were asked to download the PDF of both the story and the pedagogical guide for that story. While the pedagogical guides were designed for French-speaking elementary school students, we found much in the guide to be appropriate for college students and those interested in oral literature.


Student levels in my class range from Intermediate-Mid to Advanced-Mid, and we examined this as an example of oral literature.  We compared animal stories to Aesop's Fables and to La Fontaine's fables from 17th-century France.  Students at the Intermediate-Low level or Novice-High level will also enjoy these stories, but they will need more help from the teacher.

Time spent reviewing site: three hours