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Conte-moi la Francophonie

Conte-moi la Francophonie

A multimedia site with many African and Haitian short stories, some animated and complete with audio files. "Conte-moi est un projet de collecte et de valorisation du patrimoine oral francophone. Le projet s’enrichit au fil des années de nouveaux contes venant de nouveaux pays" 

Good to develop listening comprehension, vocabulary and cultural awareness in French language students at a variety of proficiency levels.

 

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Patricia Cummins
Patricia Cummins (Faculty)
4 years ago

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.

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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.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: three hours
Patricia Cummins
Patricia Cummins (Faculty)
4 years ago
This material provides a total of about 75 stories from seven countries -- France, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Mali, Senegal, and Haiti. The French Ministry of Education is responsible for its creation, and its prime use appears to be in the schools of Francophone countries. The teacher is expected to read the story to the class, but several stories are available in downloadable book form for a small fee.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 3 hours