Les pays francophones- French-speaking countries

 

Did you know that French is spoken officially in 33 countries? That is, there are 33 countries in which French is either the official language, or one of the official languages. This number is second only to English, which is spoken officially in 45 countries. 
French and English are the only languages spoken as a native language on 5 continents and the only languages taught in every country in the world. French is the second most taught language in the world.

Our Year 9 students studied a few French-speaking areas during enrichment day: Morocco, Québec, Polynesia, Belgium, La Réunion.


Students learned facts about Belgium, such as Belgium has the world’s highest number of castles per square kilometre and  how a Belgian was the original physicist who came up with the Big Bang theory. They  explored Belgian music and its popularity around the world, not just among the French speaking population, thanks to artists like Stromae. Students then learned about Tintin and its legacy before they created a Tintin comic strip of their own entitled “Tintin et le grand mystère d’Ivanhoe” which students took to with great enthusiasm. 

Students watched short video clips and found out about life in Morocco and found out about famous cities, people and customs in Québec and La Réunion. They then gathered their findings and created presentations.

Another French-speaking area students found out about was French Polynesia, and students learned about the sports, dances, natural resources and tattoo customs amongst other facts. They also created “heis” which are customary flower garlands used during celebrations.

 

 

 

15 Dec 2016

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