Project Resources: Creative Ideas for Presenting Research (French / Francophone)

Project Resources: Creative Ideas for Presenting Research (French / Francophone)

IF YOU WANT TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN FRANCOPHONE CULTURE:

  • Get a French-speaking pen-pal (e-pal, FaceBook, etc.) and ask them about their culture!
  • Check out livemocha.com to find Francophone people, and interview them about their culture!
  • Help out in a bilingual class or daycare center.
  • Visit the “Maison Française” at Nazareth College (get the events listing online).
  • Join the local chapter of the Alliance Française.
  • Host a French-speaking exchange student.
  • Attend a Mardi Gras, mariage, anniversaire, or other celebration and report back.
  • Watch a movie or a TV show in French and report on cultural observations.
  • Watch a TV special that relates to a French-speaking culture and report back.

IF YOU LIKE ART OR ARCHITECTURE:

  • Visit a museum that features art from a Francophone culture, and report on it. (Virtual visits are acceptable.)
  • Reproduce a famous painting or other piece of artwork.
  • Create your own comic strip using culturally relevant elements.

IF YOU LIKE MUSIC:

  • Learn a traditional folk dance and perform it.
  • Learn a traditional folk dance and teach it to the class.
  • Memorize a song and sing it or lip-sync it.
  • Attend a concert or performance of music in the target language and discuss it.
  • Learn to play a piece of music from a French-speaking country on an instrument.
  • Learn to play/perform the national anthem of a French-speaking country.
  • Write original music to accompany a French-language poem.
  • Listen to a French-language radio show and discuss what you heard.

IF YOU LIKE TO READ OR WRITE:

  • Create a children’s book that contains culturally relevant elements.
  • Write a poem or piece of prose in the style of a specific well-known Francophone writer.
  • Create a newspaper or magazine of current events in a specific French speaking country.

IF YOU LIKE HISTORY OR GEOGRAPHY:

  • Visit a Francophone museum and report back. (Virtual visit is acceptable.)
  • Create a map highlighting French-speaking influence.
  • Chart French immigration in the USA.
  • Create a detailed map of a French-speaking country.

IF YOU LIKE DANCE OR SPORTS:

  • Learn a traditional folk dance from France or another French-speaking country.
  • Watch a French soccer game and report back.
  • Watch the Tour de France and report back.

IF YOU LIKE FOOD:

  • Prepare a dish or meal from a French-speaking country/region for your family or the class. (Make sure your recipe is truly authentic!)
  • Prepare a typical breakfast, lunch, or dinner from a French-speaking country/region. (Make sure your recipes are truly authentic!)
  • Learn to make crêpes, croissants, macarons, etc.
  • Create and illustrate a recipe book.
  • Eat in an AUTHENTIC Francophone restaurant and report back.
  • Get a copy of an AUTHENTIC Francophone restaurant’s menu and explain the dishes listed.

IF YOU LIKE TV OR MOVIES:

  • Watch a movie or a TV show in French and make note of cultural observations.
  • Watch a TV special that relates to a French-speaking culture and report on it.
  • Watch or listen to a French TV news program and report on it.
  • Watch a musical program in French and report on it.

IF YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL:

  • Watch a travel video about a French-speaking country.
  • Plan a trip to a French-speaking country.
  • Take a virtual trip to a French-speaking country and make a scrapbook or travel log.
  • Create a travel brochure for a target country.
  • Take a guided tour of a museum, exhibition, etc. and report back.
  • Write to a tourist office for information about a specific French-speaking city/region/country.
  • Write to an embassy for information about a French-speaking country or region.
  • Research French links to your area/hometown.

IF YOU LIKE SHOPPING:

  • Visit a Francophone business and report on the cultural and product differences.
  • Talk with Francophone business owners about running a Francophone business in the USA.
  • Visit the international aisle of a supermarket and report on the products from Francophone countries/regions.

IF YOU HAVE NATIVE FRENCH SPEAKERS IN YOUR FAMILY / OR CLOSE FRIENDS:

  • Give a presentation about your family’s native country.
  • Present family artifacts, clothing, etc.
  • Host your French-speaking family member / friend to speak to the class, and introduce discussion topics.