After English, Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic and Hindi, French is the sixth most popular language on the planet. Although approximately 80 % of Quebecers declare French as their mother tongue, it is less than 25 % of the Canadian population who speak it fluently. When you live in Quebec, you are more or less aware that several French-speaking minorities fight every day across the country to have their language respected. The month of la Francophonie is an opportunity to show solidarity with these communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba or New Brunswick, for example, who want to continue to live in French in provinces strong Anglophone majority.
“FRENCH IS DROPING DOWN AT A SPEED EVER SEEN, WHILE ENGLISH IS DRAWING ITS HARD FROM THE GAME AND MANAGING TO INCREASE SLIGHTLY FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE MOST SPOKEN LANGUAGE AT HOME [IN QUEBEC]”, SUPPORTS THE RETIRED MATHEMATICS TEACHER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA AND RESEARCH STATISTICIAN CHARLES CASTONGUAY, AUTHOR OF THE BOOK FRENCH IN FREEFALL: THE NEW DYNAMICS OF LANGUAGES IN QUEBEC.Source: Le Journal de Québec, February 18, 2021
“Insisting on the Francophonie may seem to resign itself to a withdrawal of Francophones into themselves or to favor what some call“ the two solitudes ”which would isolate Francophones from Anglophones. But there are openings on both sides. "Source: Radio-Canada, March 16, 2019
Language is at the heart of our human relationships and is a vehicle for learning at the service of all disciplines. It represents an essential tool for creating, for coming together, for building a vision of the world, with French as a common base.
“French has the potential to bring people together, but are we aware of it enough? It is tempting to withdraw into oneself, especially in the event of a dispute. But these difficulties could also represent opportunities to surpass ourselves by seeking solutions that will restore and strengthen our solidarity. Speaking the same language should also reflect a requirement for solidarity and living together. "Source: Radio-Canada, March 16, 2019
It is for all these reasons that we take a whole month to celebrate the Francophonie around the world. In 2022, it is under the theme "Ҫa (d)étonne!" that the celebrations of the Francophonie will take place.
The National Francophonie Week (which lasts the whole month of March) is an opportunity to discover or rediscover the treasures of the French language: authors, actors, influencers, musicians, etc.
This year, the activities revolve around 10 honored words. They are all inspired by the theme of astonishment: quirky, divulge, dumbfounded, breathtaking, stuff, Kai, astonished, pinch me, saperlipopette and uproar.
For each of the words, the Francofête site has set up several activities, each more surprising than the next, to deepen our knowledge of the French language around these words. You can also find them here!
Disciplines and levels targeted
- Write a variety of texts
- Use your knowledge and experience
- Use writing for various purposes
- Read various texts
- Respond to a variety of read texts
- Constructing meaning using one's background of knowledge and experience
- Communicate orally
- Sharing what you say during an interactive situation
- React to comments heard during an oral communication situation
Targeted dimensions of digital competence
- Producing content with digital
- Developing and mobilizing information literacy
- Harnessing the potential of digital technology for learning
- Communicate with digital
Suggested digital tools
- Blogger or Wix
- Canva, Google Slides or PowerPoint
Educational intention of the guide
The following activities will allow students to express their understanding of the Francophonie, to relate to others and to appropriate the wealth of Francophone culture.
Objectives of the activities
- Exercise critical thinking in the analysis of French-language songs.
- Create an “urban dictionary” that lists expressions used by young Francophones.
- Create a podcast dealing with an issue affecting the Francophonie.
- Watch a documentary on the place of French among young people and react to it.
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With the collaboration of Laurie Couture.