Monday, May 31st, 2021

French 12

French 12 Team

The Language Gym

*All students are invited to wear orange this week as a way to recognize and support the indigenous community at this heart-breaking time

To be prepared for class tomorrow, please

  1. review the new vocabulary about personality traits & complete the paragraph on p 10
  2.  Complete the following online quiz ” Quels métiers pour moi?” as honestly as possible
  • There are 11 questions (make sure you fully understand before replying)
  • Record the results (the recommended career or careers) & your thoughts (en français) on p 11 of your unit



Friday, May 28th, 2021

French 12

French 12 Team

The Language Gym

Bonne fin de semaine à tous! 

1.For those in class today, make some notes (en français) about the film we watched today   

  • Can you briefly summarize what the film is about?
  • Who are the characters? How would you describe their personalities & challenges?
  • What are your thoughts and opinions about the theme of the film? The characters? 
  • What questions do you have for your classmates about the film?

For those not in class to watch the film, make a list of general questions to ask to learn more about the film from those who watched it.

2. Listen to Hélène Cormier talk about the various meanings/uses of the word ‘pogner’ in Québec. We heard it several times in the film.

3. Then, listen to Hélène Cormier explain the 5 most frequently used ‘familiar’ or ‘informal’ Québécois expressions. Make notes! Remember that one of your objectives with our current unit is to recognize differences in formal/informal French.

 4. On page 6 of your unit package, make a web (or other graphic) that shows a wide range of your interests and life passions … en français, bien sûr, si possible. You are working to develop the personal vocabulary that you need to discuss who you are and what interests you .

5. Then, on page 7, highlight or circle the qualities of right brain or left brain that best describe you at this time.


Thursday, May 27th, 2021

French 12

French 12 Team

The Language Gym

  • For tomorrow, please be prepared to discuss the cultural aspect of France’s Eurovision contribution for 2021
  • Make a list of words/phrases that you understand
  • Listen/watch again here
  • If you didn’t have time in class, please review p 2 of your new unit package and make notes about potential challenges & goals for the unit

Here is the schedule for the DELF exams:

B1 June 8th at Pinetree Library  9hoo-11h00

Individual times (rooms to be announced)

11h30 Kate

12h00 Florin

12h30 Emily

13h00 Cindy

13h30 John

14h00 Caris

A2 June 9th at Riverside Room 117  9h00-10h40

Individual Times    Room 206 & 208

11h30 Shazad

11h45 Aidan

12h00 Derick




Thursday, May 20th, 2021

French 12

French 12 Team

The Language Gym

To be ready for your next class on Thursday, May 27th spend time working on your ‘cultural show & tell’. Be prepared to 

  • teach others about what you explored
  • share personal connections, thoughts & ideas related to culture 
  • ask & answer questions to challenge your classmates’ & your own thinking 
  • show an object, visual, song, etc 

***New Language Gym tasks have been assigned. Please make good use of the extra time this week to put in some extra time developing your skills. 





Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

French 12

French 12 Team

The Language Gym

Bon mercredi, les amis! 

Vous avez deux tâches obligatoires aujourd’hui. Please complete them in the order they appear here. 

    1. Reply to my question on the Questions Pour Madame channel on Teams by 1:30. Then, using the language that you have been practising this unit, respond to or question at least 2 classmates on their answers. If you do not participate in this online exchange between 1:30 – 2:00, you will be marked absent from class today.
    2. In English, fill in the blanks/answer these questions about the article “Les selfies, nouvel art de l’autoportrait?” p 22-23   *The objective is to find the information requested without attempting to translate the entire article into English.

a. What do Rihanna, Pope Francis and Nabilla have in common?

b. The word ‘selfie’ was declared a ______________ and in 2013 was _________________ according to Oxford Dictionaries. 

c. According to this article, how many people had tagged an Instagram post with ‘selfie’?

d. The practice of taking selfies is halfway between a communication tool and ________________.

e. Some people believe that artists like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Courbet were precursors of the selfie movement because they painted a lot of self-portraits. What does art historian, Pascal Bonafoux, say about the difference between self-portraits and selfies?

f. André Gunthert, researcher of visual culture, says that the selfie is more about communication between friends than art. (les potes = European French for ‘friends’) What does he say we must do and why?

g. Et, en français, qu’est-ce que tu en penses de tout ça? Est-ce que les selfies sont de l’art? 

***With any time that you have left this afternoon, you can be working on your ‘cultural show & tell’ – due on Thursday, May 27th

***Three new Language Gym tasks have been assigned and must be completed by Saturday





Monday, May 17th, 2021

French 12

French 12 Team

The Language Gym

  1. Video from class today to help us develop our understanding of cultural appropriation 

*Take notes on p 17

2. Video from class to help us to think about and discuss the economic impact of culture

*The transcript for this video is on p 20 of your unit package 


1.What connection can you make between the ‘appropriation culturelle’ video and the obvious economic impacts of culture (as seen in the second video)?

2. Take the time to read the transcript of the 2nd video. Find the meaning of the following words/phrases:

PIB (produit intérieur brut)

Elle équivaut environ

56 milliards

y compris

la conception

des milieux de vie

3. Watch this video to review the uses of the verb ‘faire’ in French & to learn some new expressions you can use in communication

Take notes from the video on p 21 of your unit.

To start preparing for next week (and the end of our mini-culture unit)… 

Explore an aspect of French culture (from any French-speaking region in the world) & be ready to share it on Thursday, May 27th.

  • Remember that you are not completing a ‘research project’. You are exploring something that personally interests you, making connections to French culture (while avoiding stereotypes, bien sûr!), and then sharing it either with partners or in small groups. 
  • You must bring a visual, an object, a song, etc, to share. Yes, it will be like ‘show & tell’ in French class!