“The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie are part of the events surrounding the International Day of La Francophonie (March 20), organized every year around the world to promote the French language and its multiple cultural expressions. "
The next activities will allow students to discover a little more about the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) as well as the activities related to this theme for the month of March, which result from it.
At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Describe what the Francophonie is;
- Name countries that are part of the Francophonie;
- Appreciate artists from the Francophonie;
- Know the activities surrounding March 20 (International Francophonie Day);
- Watch and comment on videos produced within the framework of RVF.
ACTIVITY 1: The French language is complicated!
Begin this activity by presenting this video humorous, on the complexity of the French language, to the students.
Continue the activity by starting a discussion with the students:
- Is the French language more complicated than the other languages? Why?
- Is it important to highlight the Francophonie again in 2015? Why?
- What are they doing to maintain their heritage of the French language?
- What are the harmful behaviors for the French language?
- What does the theme mean The joy of living: it brings us together?
Have students view and comment on four short video on the theme
The joy of living: it brings us together! These videos, produced by the NFB, are available exclusively as part of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie 2015.
Invite students to take notes after watching the videos. Ask them to bring out the important elements of the film or to rate their appreciation of the content or the film in general.
Distribute a copy of this recording template students. You could differentiate your requirements, depending on the age of the students, for this activity.
ACTIVITY 2: Francophonie Month 2015
Present this video to students so that they have an overview of the various reasons that push citizens to highlight the Francophonie in 2015.
Continue by presenting this description of what the Francophonie is. You could also display the information provided by Wikipedia with regard to the Francophonie. Point out the countries that are leaving it, the continents targeted, etc.
Suggest the activity to the students My favorite Francophonie. Distribute a copy of the following template so that the students can reflect on the actors and actresses of the Francophonie who are already part of their daily lives and whom they already appreciate. Allow them to search the web as needed.
They will thus participate in the great movement of the Francophonie by making you discover their personal favorites.
ACTIVITY 3: March 20: International Francophonie Day
Every year, on March 20, the International Day of La Francophonie is celebrated. The 220 million Francophones on the 5 continents celebrate their language and the diversity of the Francophonie, through word competitions, shows, film festivals, literary meetings, gastronomic events, artistic exhibitions.
Present the video introduction to the International Francophonie Day by Michaëlle Jean.
Invite your students to participate in the online consultation on the climate I have my planet at heart.
Distribute to them a copy of the following template so that they can write their drafts there before posting their final answers on the web.
a) What does climate change mean to you? Are the effects of climate change already observable in your environment? If yes, which ones?
b) What would be the solutions to reduce global warming? Can these solutions be applied in the short term in your community?
c) What do you think would be the solutions to deal with the adverse effects expected from climate change (depending on the context of your country / region)?
d) How do you see a development that combines international solidarity and intergenerational solidarity? The role of young people?
The deadline to participate is March 15th, hurry!
Enter the competition Funny Dating. Watch the short films produced and posted online as part of the month of the Francophonie. Enjoy by giving a rating to the ten videos currently uploaded. The deadline to participate is March 22, 2015.
Enter the competition Write without mistakes! and get a chance to win great prizes.
Enter the competition I have my planet at heart (restricted audience). Ask students to look for this literary challenge (haiku) even if it's just for fun since this portion of the contest is only for specific countries.
More about the magazine
The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie on Twitter (March 6 to 22, 2015)
Center of the Francophonie of the Americas on Facebook
La Francophonie has its place in the fight against extremism
Journal de Montréal, March 6, 2015
Michaëlle Jean: La Francophonie will fight against extremism
La Presse, March 6, 2015
Francophonie: Quebec spent 13,000 $ to support Michaëlle Jean
Radio-Canada, March 3, 2015
The 20th Fête de la Francophonie in China: "20 years, 20 days, March 20"
Xinhuanet, March 5, 2015