French – Term 3

 

Climate change and protection of the environment

Début juillet 2019, Nathalie Bourneville, Rosaria Campbell et Jennifer Bush ont eu la chance de participer à un atelier de 3 jours sur le thème : « océan et changement climatique » présenté par Mr David Wilgenbus, astrophysicien et délégué général de « Office For Climate Education » et sponsorisé par le Creipac de Nouméa et l’Ambassade de France à Wellington.


Les objectifs de cet atelier étaient de promouvoir et renforcer une culture scientifique autour des effets du changement climatique, de sensibiliser les professeurs aux risques actuels et futurs sur les environnements naturels et humains, d’informer sur les enjeux environnementaux et en particulier les bons gestes à adopter, et aussi de réaliser des expériences que les enseignants pourront facilement reproduire en classe.


La présentation toucha les thèmes tels que le réchauffement de la planète, le phénomène de l’effet de serre, l’effet de la fonte des glaciers et des banquises sur la montée du niveau de mer, le rôle des océans et des courants maritimes sur le climat, l’effet albédo et proposa des remèdes et actions individuelles et collectives pour réduire les émissions de CO2 dans le monde. 


Dans le cadre de ses fonctions à Future Learning Solutions Nathalie offrira bientôt des ateliers sur ces thèmes en démontrant des manipulations faciles à recréer dans vos cours de français. Vos expressions d’intérêt sont les bienvenues et vous pouvez contacter Nathalie directement à n.bourneville@auckland.ac.nz  


Veuillez aussi noter que le nouveau programme  “Planète partagée” est maintenant officiellement lancé. Voici les explications en anglais: 


The new programme “Shared Planet” has now been officially launched. It provides opportunities for educational cooperation, virtual and physical, based around themes of climate change and protection of the environment with the focus on the Pacific region, although not exclusively.


The concept of “Planète partagée” or “Shared Planet”, of which the main actor is the global citizen in the making (youth) will allow new exchanges and partnerships you will make possible for the four following years, with educational collaborative projects, putting into action the practice of the target language and favoring a transdisciplinary approach, with simple objectives:

 

  • To become familiar with the language, as well as with the cultural and environmental realities of the partner country
  • To produce bilingual educational resources on climate change and the preservation of the environment resulting in collaborative projects developed by the partner schools
  • To develop the intercultural skills of the students
  • To develop regular reciprocal exchanges, both digital and physical, between the schools and between the two countries
  • To create new and lasting school unions and to push the development of the already existing ones

 

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Expérience démontrant la différence de gain de chaleur entre l’eau, l’huile, de la semoule et de la terre avec David Wilgenbus , Nathalie Bourneville et des professeurs de Nouvelle Caledonie. 


Bilingual Māori and French Weaving Workshop

The Languages Department at Cashmere High School recently had the pleasure of hosting Nathalie Bourneville, from the University of Auckland, who led us in a bilingual workshop on flax weaving. This brought Te Reo Māori and the French language together, and also touched on cultural links to the history and significance of weaving in both New Zealand and the French-speaking world. Nathalie modelled to us how to do a practical workshop using Māori and French phrases.

At the beginning of the workshop, Nathalie awakened our imaginations by asking us to look at some photos of woven creations, to choose one and explain why we liked it. She also gave us some context and history about weaving. She provided us with French instructions and diagrams of how to make bags. On the whiteboard were some simple questions and phrases in French, which we could use to ask the teacher for help.

After talking about the different pictures, we went outside to select and cut the flax according to Māori tradition, and said a karakia giving thanks for the flax and recognising its importance. Nathalie then showed us how to cut and prepare the flax, although she had also prepared flax for us to weave with to save time. We then used the printed instructions in French to help us make small bags, and could ask for help in the target language using the expressions on the whiteboard.

This workshop was a refreshing experience of how contact with authentic cultural materials breathes life into a language lesson. The weaving was a good activity for seniors, as the level of language in the instructions was around Year 11 or above. However, it could also have been adapted for juniors. This approach could be applied to any cultural activity: in French, for example, when making crêpes or playing pétanque. The preparation required was worth it considering the rich and memorable experience it brought.

Thank you, Nathalie, for sharing your experience with us – ngā mihi nui et un grand merci!

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Ecriture sans Frontières

For more than a decade, Pascal Dupin, based in France (le lycée Ronsard de Vendôme) and Glyn Strange, based in New Zealand (The School for Young Writers) have held an annual writing competition for Year 12 and Year 13 students of French.  The result was a competition called Ecriture sans Frontières.

There were 8 participants in this years 2019 competition.  

This year’s winners are:

PALMARES ECRIVAINS SANS FRONTIERES 2019  
YEAR 13
Ex aequo:
Angela Glover (Year 13) Sacred Heart Girls' College (Hamilton)
Prof: Belinda Cooper

Sabina Aquino (Year 13) Marist College
Prof: Viktoria Jonas

YEAR 12
Ex aequo:
Giovana Gaugau (Year 12) Marist College
Prof: Viktoria Jonas

Ryan Bridges Year 12, Hutt International Boys' High School
Prof : Marie Choureemootoo

If you would like to find out more about this competition for 2020, please contact Dr Glyn Strange at clerestory@xtra.co.nz

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Some of the winners from Marist College