Author:
Mimi Fahnstrom, Amber Hoye
Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Tags:
  • Adjectives
  • Descriptions
  • Identifier Les Gens
  • Identifying People
  • Les Adjectifs
  • Les Caractéristique
  • Les Stéréotypes
  • Stereotypes
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English, French

    French Level 1, Activity 03: Les caractéristiques / Characteristics (Online)

    French Level 1, Activity 03: Les caractéristiques / Characteristics (Online)

    Overview

    Students will identify themselves using characteristics in French. Students will ask a partner questions about themselves to identify what the person is like. Students will then describe their partner to others.

    Activity Information

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    Characteristics / Les caractéristiques

    Description

    Students will identify themselves using characteristics in French. Students will ask a partner questions about themselves to identify what the person is like. Students will then describe their partner to others.

    Semantic Topics

    Stereotypes, identifying people, descriptions, les caractéristique, les stéréotypes, Identifier les gens, adjectives, les adjectifs

    Products

    Stereotypes, generalizations, identifying characteristics

    Practices

    Used to make friends and engage in lighthearted conversations

    Perspectives

    Stereotypes noted by the French can be a way for them to make fun of/mock themselves (e.g. always being on strike, drinking wine and smoking cigarettes). These stereotypes are heavily influenced by regional cultures and often reinforced through international media.

    • What can we do, as foreigners, to separate stereotypes of a culture from their reality? In other words, how can we look past stereotypes and generalizations to better understand cultures different than our own?

    NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards 

    • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in French to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
    • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written French on a variety of topics.
    • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures of the francophone world.
    • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of francophone cultures and their own.

    Idaho State Content Standards

    • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
    • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
    • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
    • CLTR 1.2: Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.
    • COMP 1.1: Observe formal and informal forms of language.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can recognize basic cultural differences.
    • I can describe myself and someone that I know (Relationship, nationality, characteristics).
    • I can respond to basic questions about my background.

    Materials Needed

    Warm-Up

    Warm-up

    1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today's activity.

    2. Play a few minutes of the video, “Cliché” (make sure to turn on the subtitles).

    3. After, ask students which stereotypes they have heard or believed:

    Quels sont les stéréotypes que vous avez entendus des Français ? Est-ce qu'il y a des stéréotypes que vous croyiez ? Pensez-vous que les Français ont des stéréotypes des Américains ? Lesquels ?

    4. Make sure to explain that although some of these stereotypes do exist, rarely do we find individuals who fit all aspects. France is very multicultural and has habitants from all over:

    Bien que certains de ces stéréotypes existent, nous trouvons rarement des personnes qui correspondent à tous les aspects. La France est un pays très multiculturelle et compte des habitants de partout.

    L'Algérie: 702,000

    Le Maroc: 645,000

    L'Afrique sub-saharienne: 644,000

    Main Activity

    Main Activity

    1. First, have students practice going around describing themselves using phrases such as:

    Premièrement, les étudiants doivent pratiquer comment se décrire: 

    • Comment t'appelles-tu ?
    • Vous êtes/tu es américain(e) ? 
    • Je m'appelle (nom)
    • Je suis américain(e)/ canadien(ne)/ anglais(e)/ italien(ne), etc.
    • Je suis d'origine américaine/ algérienne/ sénégalaise/ irlandaise/ française, etc.
    • Je suis étudiant(e)/ copain/ copine/ soeur/ frère/ fille/ fils, etc.

    2. Next, have students choose a person they know. This could be a roommate, parent, partner, etc. (if they want, have them show a picture to the rest of the group)

    Ensuite, les étudiants devront choisir une personne qu’ils connaissent, il peut s’agir d’un colocataire, un parent, un partenaire, etc. (s’ils le désirent, ils peuvent montrer une photo au reste du groupe)

    3. Ask them who this person is using phrases like:

    Demandez-leur qui est cette personne en utilisant les phrases:

    • Il (elle) s'appelle comment ?
    • Comment est-il (elle) ?

    4. Have them practice using phrases to describe this person such as:

    Les étudiants doivent pratiquer à utiliser les phrases ci-dessous afin de décrire des personnes:

    • (Nom) est mon/ma colocataire/ mère/ père/ soeur/ copain/ copine, etc.
    • Il/elle est américain(e)...
    • Il/elle est poli(e)/ réservé(e)/ intelligent(e)/ élégant(e)/ sociable/ gentil(le)/ méchant(e), etc.
    • Il/elle aime/ il/elle n'aime pas...

    Wrap-Up

    Wrap-up

    Ask the following question(s) to finish the activity:

    • Si vous pouviez déménager dans un pays francophone, lequel serait-il ? La France ? Le Sénégal? La Martinique ? Le Maroc ? (If you could move to a francophone country, which one would it be?)

    Cultural Resource

    A video where French people discuss stereotypes that other countries have about France!

    End of Activity

    • Can-Do statement check-in... “Where are we?”
    • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence.
    • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation
    • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can recognize basic cultural differences.
    • I can describe myself and someone that I know (Relationship, nationality, characteristics).
    • I can respond to basic questions about my background.