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About French Gestures

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides cultural information on authentic French gestures including photographic documentation of each gesture. The site would also be excellent for introducing body vocabulary along with cultural knowledge. Topics and materials include regularly updated lessons and multiple links to other French educational resources including dictionaries and pronunciation kits. Links to free on-line discussion forums on France and Francophonie, and a free subscription to twice-weekly About French newsletter are also available. Start by clicking on individual expressions and gestures on the first page to learn how the site works. Be aware of the fact that the site is used for commercial advertisement of educational resources and might require payments to get complete access to some of its resources.

Advanced French Grammar

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides extensive information on French grammar designed for advanced students and teachers of French wishing to improve their understanding of the French language. Although the book is for advanced learners of French, it is in English. A rare feature, it makes the book very effective at clarifying some of the more complex linguistic and grammatical concepts of French to English speaking audience. The book is a reliable and lasting investment.

Citation: L’Huillier, Monique. Cambridge University Press. 1999.

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Ambiguous Adventure

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Recommended because it provides cultural information on Senegal. The novel is an important work of post-colonial African literature written by a native of Senegal. It tells the story of an African traveling to Europe to study and the resultant clash between traditional African values (in this case also: Islamic values) and those of the West. The book is also available in French. Although the original French language version of the book would be considered as an advanced French language material, it is fairly easy to follow and enjoy. Both English and French versions could be used in conjunction when teaching literature or culture classes. I recommend this book for use by advanced French language high school learners.

Citation: Cheikh Hamidou Kane. Heinemann International Literature and Books. 1972

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American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides cutting-edge professional information for teachers of French in the U.S. In addition to informing about recent developments and innovations in the field, the site is also a demonstration of professional collaboration and unity among French educators in the U.S. Topics and materials include professional standards and development, cultural competence, promotion of French education, use of technologies in the classroom, access to better resources, and others. Start by visiting About AATF section that contains a detailed overview of the organization. Be aware of the annual membership fee required to join the AATF.

Ausenegal.com

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Recommended because it is a rich source of cultural information on Senegal. Topics and materials include such areas as history, population, fauna, flora, climate, geography, social life, nightlife, sports, arts, culture, maps, and much more. Most importantly, the site offers a plethora of photographic and other images that in of themselves compose an extensive overview of the country and its riches. Start by visiting the Cartes et Plans section that contains multiple maps of the country. Be aware of the primary use of French by this site.

Business and Human Rights Resource Center

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Recommended because Business and Human Rights Resource Center functions as a detailed resource center and on-line library in promoting greater awareness of business’ impact on human rights issues around the world. Topics and materials included in this site- business ethics organizations, business organizations, business schools, companies, corporate responsibility organizations, environmental NGOs, etc., and discussion of important policy issues, such as workplace health & safety, sexual harassment in the workplace, age discrimination in the workplace, child labor, the private sector & education, etc. Start with News (homepage) for the most updated information about business and human rights. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Child Soldiers

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This UNICEF page describes how child soldiers are being integrated back into society in Chad.  There are also links on the right side for additional information and articles related to the situation of child soldiers in Chad.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Chocolat (1988. France/Cameroon. Directed by Claire Denis)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it is a great resource to teach about French colonialism and post-colonial Africa to advanced and older students. The film tells a story of a young French woman, named France, who travels back to the country of her childhood, Cameroon. Through Frances memory flashbacks, we are revealed the injustices and harsh realities of the colonial Cameroon. Dominated by the internal and external conflicts of the Cameroon native, Protee, whose entire existence is limited to serving Frances French family, the film is an exploration of the last days of colonial empire and the beginning of independence in West Africa. The film is filled with subtle humor and at times sarcasm directed at the European desire for the exotic. There are a number of scenes that could be used to depict colonial lifestyles. The film is subtitled Be aware of some adult content.

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City Sites

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it contains a collection of several official city web sites in France. The site could be used to study vocabulary in travel, geography, transportation and other units. It could also be used to study French culture and, in particular, several of the major cities in France. The selected sites emphasize different aspects of the cities they represent, including city holidays, important history, people, etc. Start by browsing the sites to get a better idea of the range of topics and emphases contained in the sites. Be aware of the commercial touristic purposes of the site.

ClicNet

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Recommended because it contains a large quantity of French language and grammar information. Topics and materials include online interactive exercises drawing from everyday life, culture, music, visual arts, and others. The site contains a plethora of listening, comprehension, and conjugation exercises, dictionaries and much more, including interactive online help section. Start by installing RealPlayer on your computer; then browse through the main menu. Be aware of potentially unstable links.

Cyberschoolbus

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Recommended because Cyberschoolbus is a United Nations global education project.  It provides a wealth of information for educators on the world and its issues. There is a link for purchasing publications in many languages, but also free curriculum resources for educators K-12.  Start with the curriculum links to locate free resources for each global education curriculum topic.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.


Enchanted Learning

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Recommended because it provides language resources for elementary level learners. The site contains the English-French Picture Dictionary with numerous links for games and other learning tools. Start by selecting the letter of you choice and then reviewing the dictionary’s potential. Be aware of the fact that by clicking on any word you will be redirected to a page that contains additional vocabulary activities and exercises.

Esclavage-Martinique.com

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Recommended because it contains important cultural and historic information on Martinique. The site tells the story of the Martinique slaves. Topics and materials include the abolition and the origins of slavery in Martinique, a look at the modern day slavery, and the lexicon used to teach and learn about slavery. The history of slavery is explored through investigation of the family and life of a young student from Martinique. To say that the site is interactive is an understatement. The site offers access to a free transcontinental discussion forum on slavery which can be accessed via the home page or by clicking at this Forum link. The discussions are available in both French and English. Start by viewing the the Jeu Ludo-Educatif as a starting point. Be aware of the potential difficulty during initial navigation that gets easy quickly.

Famine Early Warning System Network

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Recommended because this is an excellent site covering famine/food issues around the world including African, Central American, Central & Middle Eastern countries and Haiti.  It maintains current situations of food supplies and factors affecting those supplies in these regions.  Categories of interest include: Agro-Climatic Monitoring, Markets & Trade, Livelihoods, Weather Hazards, etc.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger

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Recommended because it is an international classroom for exploring the problems of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. Lesson plans and materials included in this site are provided for each of three school levels: primary, intermediate, and secondary. The lessons have been directed towards the middle of the developmental skills range for each level. Please be sure to click on titles of each lesson for more detailed explanations. In addition to lessons of teaching hunger, this site also includes links of sites of global education and world hunger. Start with the Youth Window for resources on Hunger. Be aware of the fact that this site contains an interactive forum for exchanging ideas. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Francophone Newspapers

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Recommended because the site contains essential cultural and linguistic information on Francophonie. The site offers access to a large collection of Francophone newspapers from the Antilles, Caribbean, North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Although most newspapers are in French, many of them are also available in English. Start by reviewing the newspapers in the region of your interest. Be aware of the inconsistent links.

Francophone Television and Radio

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Recommended because it provides extensive information on Francophone cultures. The site is an extensive collection of television and radio stations from a number of Francophone countries of Europe, Africa, North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Oceania, and others. Start by reading the introduction to the site displayed inside the yellow rectangle at the top of the site. Be aware of the inconsistent links.

French Basic Grammar

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Recommended because it offers an extensive but concise kit for the study of basic French grammar. The site could be used in conjunction with a textbook in the classroom and by students independently. The site could easily substitute any basic grammar textbook, an important feature considering that the site is free to use. In addition to the usual grammar repertoire, topics and materials also include photographs of urban and rural France, and also interactive surveys that explore various cultural aspects of french people and society. Start by reviewing the table of contents on the left side of the front page to verify the extensiveness of the site. Be aware of the bilingual French-English presentation of every item included in this site.

French Comics

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Recommended because it provides cultural information on France and, in particular, on French comics. The site is an overview of history and variety of French comics. Topics and materials include detailed history of the French comic art; summaries of story plots of various comics; description of main characters; sources of origin of comic plots and stories; publishing information; information on authors; links to related websites; and others. Start by exploring the Timeline section that offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution of French comics. Be aware of the fact that the site is in English, a feature that would allow students to explore it independently.

French for Children (Language for Children Series)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it is an excellent tool for the study of French language by children of ages 6-10. The book is fully colored and contains carefully structured and explained activities. The book is a part of the fully integrated program that also contains two 60 minutes CDs with activities and songs for children that accompany the book. The on-going episodes of super-cat are also included. An additional Parent/Instructor’s CD provides tips for helping children get the most out of the program, additional games and activities, and all the program songs collected together. Topics and materials include basic language skills, such as introducing yourself, counting numbers from 1-20, talking about family, talking to friends, describing things, expressing likes and dislikes, and many others. The program encourages children to learn with their parents (who require no knowledge of the language) – but it does include activities that children will enjoy playing on their own, or with their friends or siblings. Be aware of of the fact that the book is published in French.

Citation: Bruzzone, Catherine. Second edition. McGraw-Hill. 2003.

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French Language Newspapers and Magazines

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides cultural information on France and other Francophone countries. The site offers access to a variety of national, regional, and local French language newspapers and magazines on a broad range of topics. Start by choosing your publication of interest and exploring it. Be aware of the fact that some of the links might not be consistent.

French Steps

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Recommended because it offers excellent listening and comprehension exercises for beginners and intermediate French students. Topics and themes encompass every practical area of spoken French. Start by clicking on “Start Steps” link and selecting the area of spoken French appealing to you. Be aware of the additional languages available for listening under the Language heading.

French-at-a-Touch

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Recommended because it provides extensive cultural information on all Francophone countries. Topics and materials include detailed information about history and everyday life of numerous cities and regions in France and Francophonie, French and Francophone cuisine, maps, travel, universities, schools, children, pets, architecture, cheese, wines, and numerous others. Start by visiting the Maps and Photos sections that contain extensive collections of respective resources. Be aware of the identical organization of the site for each Francophone country that makes the site very easy to navigate. Also, although the site itself is in English, most of its resources are in French.

Fromages

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Recommended because it provides cultural information on France, and in particular on French cheeses. Although the site is designed to serve primarily a commercial purpose, it is effective at introducing an essential component of French culture cheese. The extensiveness of the site is so complete, that its readers are inevitably led to understand and appreciate the French affection to cheese. Topics and materials include a cheese library; a monthly gazette that carries news in the world of cheese; the Cheese Board of the month; free cheese newsletter; an opportunity to select and order your cheese of preference; and others. Start by by exploring the Cheese library to find some familiar cheese names. Be aware of the fact that the site is available in French and Englis

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

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Recommended because it is a global science education site. GLOBE is a partnership between schools, colleges & universities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and 95 other countries. The purpose of this partnership is engage students in the scientific study of the environment through research-based initiative and activities that focus on advocacy and the training of future researchers for industry, academia, and government. Start with the Teachers Guide link for education resources. This site is an excellent resource for science teachers!  Be aware this site is especially useful for educators of elementary and secondary students.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Global Voices

Posted by: globaledadmin on Saturday, February 4, 2012

Recommended because Global Voices is an online community of bloggers around the world who are not part of the international mainstream media.  Representing “average” citizens around the world, Global Voices allows perspectives to be shared, encourages freedom of expression, and advocates for the protection of free speech rights. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Green Teacher

Posted by: globaledadmin on Sunday, February 5, 2012

Recommended because Green Teacher publishes a magazine dedicated to helping educators incorporate environmental and global education in their classrooms.  This site also highlights webinars for educators, and resource books written for students of different ages K-12.  Start by browsing their free magazine online, then explore links to additional resources. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Hate (1995. 76 min. France. Directed by Matthieu Kassovitz)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it offers a sobering look at the aspects of French culture, which are rarely mentioned. The film takes a look at the life in the so-called ghettos of Paris, the suburbs. Although it was shot on location in Paris, the conditions of life described in the film are characteristic of most major cities of France. Instead of the usual charming presentation of the City of Light, the film explores the other Paris. Following in the footsteps of three close friends (all three of whom are of Francophone and not French origin), the film uncovers the crime, the violence, the drugs, the murder, and other horrors that have all become part of everyday lives of the large immigrant populations of France, most of whom are hopelessly channeled to reside in the most poor and unhealthy environments in the country. The film could be used with older students when learning about everyday life and culture of France. As part of its artistic statement, the film is in black and white. It is subtitled. Be aware of the occasional adult language used in the film.

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Heinle Introductory French Video/DVD

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Recommended because it is a useful and effective addition to the Invitation au Monde Francophone textbook that could just as effectively be used separately. This video, filmed on several locations in France, reflects both French and Francophone lifestyles and models the functions, grammar, and vocabulary presented at the introductory level. Each segment represents a complete teaching unit filled with drama, culturally authentic situations and culturally appropriate language. As students get to know the characters, they are exposed to both the modern-day and historical situations that render France and the Francophone world what they are today. Be aware of the fact that the new video/DVD will not be available until 10/04. The older version of the video is already availble.

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International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a global network of civil society organizations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, which is composed of a wide range of organizations concerned with small arms, including policy development organizations, national gun control groups, research institutes, aid agencies, faith groups, victims, human rights and community action organizations. Topics and materials include women and guns, arms brokers, production of small arms, child soldiers, arms trade controls and many others. Recommended for high school students. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

International Institute for Sustainable Development

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Recommended because  The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s goal is to promote sustainable development throughout the world, to include economic, environmental, equality, technology, and peaceful initiatives.  Start with the “Our Knowledge” tab on the main menu bar for topic themes and initiatives.  From here, you can find publications and research on each topic.  This site is appropriate for secondary and post-secondary students.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Invitation au Monde Francophone (with Audio CD).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides linguistic, grammatical, and cultural information for elementary and intermediate level learners of French. This is a textbook of French. Unlike many textbooks, this text places a significant emphasis on Francophone countries and not just France. Much of the book is dedicated to the study of French and Francophone cultures settings outside of France. One of the overriding goals of the book is to show interconnectedness and unity among Francophone countries and cultures. Another goal is to use technology in combination with the book. Internet sites, computer exercises, and other similar activities are common in the book. An audio CD with student pronunciation and grammar exercises corresponding to each of the 14 chapters accompanies the text. Teachers annotated edition, teachers manual, student activities handbook with mandatory for it audio CDs, and 50-text specific transparencies are recommended to accompany the main text. Teachers are also given the option of purchasing an educational Invitation au Monde Francophone video. Be aware of of that fact that the second edition of the text is underway.

Citation: Gilbert A. Jarvis, Diane W. Birckbichler, Therese Bonin, Philippe DuBois. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, a division of Harcourt College Publishers. 2000.

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Le Jouet (1976. 95 min. Directed by Francis Veber. Starring Pierre Richard)

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Recommended because because it is a touching story of friendship between a middle-aged man and a young child. The film or its parts could be used to teach introductory and intermediate vocabulary and some aspect of French culture. Light humor and well-written dialogue add to this remarkable story and a heart-touching ending. The film has served as an inspiration and a source of endearment to many a generation of French and other peoples around the world. Be aware of the fact that the versions of the film circulating in the U.S. are subtitled, but rarely dubbed. Also, be aware that a Hollywood re-make of the film was successfully produced in 1982.

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Le site Officiel de la Tour Eiffel

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it contains extensive information on one of the world’s most famous and loved landmarks – the Eiffel Tower. The site is very interactive. It contains a variety of visual information, including 360 degree views of Paris from the Tower, virtual tour of the tower, popular postcards with images of the landmark that can be filled out and send online (an excellent interactive tool for language practice and learning!), screensavers with historic and modernday photos of the Eiffel tower, video files of the now famous 2004 Eiffel Tower fireworks, well documented and visualized history of the Tower, and much more. Start by visiting the Carte d’Identite section to begin the proper acquaintance with this architectural phenomenon. Be aware of needing to have QuickTime Player to view the video files.

Nordicite

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Recommended because it provides cultural information on several rarely heard of Francophone regions of the world: Yukon, Territoires Nord-Ouest, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Labrador. Topics and materials include history, modern state of affairs, governance, everyday life, French heritage of these regions, additional web resources, and others. Start by exploring the links to each of the five territories on the left side of the site. Be aware of the commercial purpose of the site to stimulate the tourism to the region.

Prefecture de Martinique

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Recommended because it is the official site of the Martinique government. Topics and materials include institutional history of the country; geography and environment; political, administrative, economic, and social facts and data; information of the political structure and functions of the Martinique government; maps, and other information. Start by exploring La Martinique section that, among other things, contains vital statistics on the country. The site could be used in teaching a unit on political and/or socio-economic issues in the intermediate classroom. Be aware of the primary use of French by this site.

Rainforest Action Network

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Recommended because it provides information on corporate relationships with the rainforest, human rights of those impacted by the rain forest, benefits and disadvantages of energy use regarding the environment, and resources for teachers and students. Start with Get Involved, and Resources sections.  Also see Rainforest Heroes section for primary student resources. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Schools of the World

Posted by: globaledadmin on Sunday, February 5, 2012

Recommended because Schools of the World programs include email pen pals, schools around the world (including photos, blogs, and general information), forums for discussion, and other interactive features for students and educators looking for international communication exchange opportunities.  Be aware that while this site is moderated, it is possible for students to share or receive information deemed questionable. Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Senegalaisement

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site is a well of practical information on Senegal that is ideal for teaching a unit on tourism and travel. Topics and materials include economy, ethnicities, national parks, history, religion, transportation, sports and leisure, society, culture, geography, regions and others. Start by clicking at the Regions link. Like most of the site, this section is very interactive and easy to navigate, offering extensive information on each of the seven major regions of the country. Be aware of the primary use of French by this site.

The Educator’s Reference Desk

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Recommended because it contains K-12 French language lesson plans for elementary and intermediate level learners. The site could be useful for beginning teachers or for teachers with experience wishing to compare their lesson plans against someone else’s. Topics and materials also include Resource Guides, Question Archives, and a direct link to the ERIC search engine. The site also allows individual educators to post their own lesson plans if they wish to do so. Start by reviewing the suggested lesson plans for your grade level, selecting from the specified grade levels.

The Globalization Website

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Recommended because because it provides links to a large amount of globalization resources. The site links to organizations, books, people, issues, theories, and a glossary. The site also links to other megasites, data sources, non-English sites (German, French, and Spanish). Start with General Links. and Data Sources (which are categorized by country or issue).  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

UNICEF The State of the World’s Children

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Recommended because of its many resources on the world’s children, their issues and lives.  See reports on the state of the world’s children along with many other publications, information by country, and other topics.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Recommended because this museum, located in Washington, DC, provides comprehensive history, database, photos, stories, and maps about Nazi holocaust. Topics and materials included in this site are resources for teachers (on-line workshop, exemplary lessons, and resource book) and students (on-line activities, encyclopedia, and learning site) discussing holocaust. In addition to Jewish, this site also covers holocaust history of other groups such as Roma (Gypsies), the handicapped, Slavic people (Poles, Russians, and others), Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s witnesses, and homosexuals. Be aware of the useful information that through learning center, other issues related to holocaust such as refugees, Nazi camps, forced labors, Mosaic victims, Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units), rescue, and war crime trials, etc. are also included. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.