Les Pays Francophones!


What does Francophone mean?
French-speaking. It describes people, groups, or places

Where is French spoken?
All around the world! Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.

Why?
Some countries which are near France speak French. Other countries such as those in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean speak French because they were once colonies of France or French-speaking countries. New Orleans and Québec speak French because they were colonies founded by the French. All of these countries have different customs, different traditions, sometimes different religions, different dialects, different accents, different points of view, different people. The thing that they all have in common is the French language.


To help you understand better who in the world speaks French, you can look at this map:

  • Dark blue: Mother tongue, primary language (everyone speaks French, it us used in all government and business, education is in French)
  • Blue: Official language (French is used in government business and for other more official things, education is often in French)
  • Light blue: Cultural language (many people speak it)
  • Green: French-speaking minority (only a few people speak it)

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In order to learn more about some of the diverse and interesting places in the world which speak French, we will be doing a Francophone Country Project.



----Long Project----

For this project, you will make a giant postcard for your country. On the front will be the flag, on the back will be a short letter telling facts about the country and what you do on vacation there. This means you will do some researching, writing, and coloring! Follow these steps carefully. Do NOT waste time! You only get one day in the computer lab! It will be very helpful to keep your EVALUATION in mind while doing this project.


Requirements:
Infos importants -- You must have all of the following information-

les 10 faits (10 facts)
  1. Le nom du pays (the name of the country)
  2. Le continent (the continent)
  3. La population (the population)
  4. La superficie (the area)
  5. la Géographie (the geographical features)
  6. Les principales villes (the main cities)
  7. La date de la liberté (date of independence)
  8. Les langue(s) officiels (the official language(s))
  9. Le climat (the climate)
  10. Les ressources naturels (the natural resources)

Les activités
  1. Qu’est-ce qu’on fait ? What are 3 things that you can do there? (sports, shopping, water sports, visiting a famous place…)

Le Drapeau
  1. Le drapeau -Couleur, décoration (the flag- color and decorations)

Steps:
Day One- Research!
  1. Explore the countries- List of Francophone countries and Francophonie on Wikipedia
  2. Pick a Francophone country from the list (must be a member of the organization) —Only one person per country
  3. Talk to Mme Clyde to reserve your country
  4. On a sheet of paper, write the name of your country and list all of the requirements. Fill this out as you do your research.
  5. Find your infos importants CIA World Factbook
  6. Draw a sketch of the flag CIA World Factbook
  7. Find some fun activities to do there. You must have at least three! Use these websites- http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations or http://www.iexplore.com/

Day Two- Flag
  1. Draw your flag on your paper.
  2. Color it in.
  3. Make it look nice!
  4. If you would like, you may do half of the page as the map and the other half as a picture of the country.

Day Three- Writing

You will now put all of this information on your project. You may put your information on the postcard as if it were part of the post card OR you may write it in your sentences as part of your letter. Don't forget to use complete sentences to describe the activities that you can do in this country. Make sure to check the Pays Francophone Evaluation to make sure that you have everything required!




----Short Project----

For the short version of this project, you will look up information about a certain French-speaking country of your choice. You must make sure to fill out the worksheet that Mlle gives you. Most of the worksheet is in French. If you are not sure what the words mean, you can look them up using Word Reference. Look over your worksheet before you start so you know what you're looking for. Then, follow these steps to help you find your information!

  1. Explore the countries- List of Francophone countries and Francophonie on Wikipedia
  2. Pick a Francophone country from the list (it must be a member of the organization)
  3. Talk to Mlle Starnes to reserve your country —Only one person per country
  4. Try using this website to find the information about your country: Students of the World
  5. Find some fun activities to do there. You must have at least three! Use these websites- http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations or http://www.iexplore.com/

You can find the worksheet here: