Monday, February 27, 2017
Dr. Susan Myers, professor of French and Chair of Languages, presented a pedagogical session entitled “Les Appels de Charles de Gaulle” at the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers Conference in Loveland, CO, February 25, 2017. The session presented pedagogical materials appropriate for students in Honors French, AP French, and advanced college-level students and included reading assignments, a listening assignment, discussion topics, and research questions. These activities integrate cultural knowledge, such as the role of Charles de Gaulle during World War II and the values of the French Resistance, and linguistic skill development based on a study of rhetoric and structure of persuasive speeches. During the session, participants discussed how to adapt the lesson for students of various skill levels, how to properly scaffold the activities, which language functions to target for specific skill levels, and what additional study topics for which this lesson could act as a foundation. The session ended with a review of the expansion activities such as presentation and essay topics, a role-playing scenario, a debate topic, and journal writing assignment, and a creative project.