The Gender and Number in French: Ma famille

Mawuena Dabla-Egui, French, Harding University High School

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200 Word Synopsis

“The Gender and Number in French: Ma Famille “is a ten day curriculum unit that I am planning to teach to My French Level 1 class. I decided to write this unit to show the importance of French grammar, and to prove that grammar is not inaccurate, confusing, and hard to learn after all. Even if English teachers are not expected to be trained in grammar anymore, it cannot be possible for French. French teachers need grammar training because only learning vocabulary cannot help our students to get ready for college and career. But how to teach that grammar? My unit will answer this question while focusing on: pedagogy of grammar, i.e. how to make grammar relevant, clear, and interesting in the classroom; ESL: how to motivate, assist, advocate for L2 and L1 students, and how to assess and address their grammar needs; comparative grammar: how to use foreign language teaching to make students reflect on language itself, including English and finally, and how much learning a foreign language matters for the learner of the 21st century. Students will learn to write in French using descriptions, reflexive pronouns, subject pronouns, family-related vocabulary, and verb conjugation. This unit will be taught to my French beginners during their second or third week of learning French.