French Level 2, Activity 07: La mode en France / Fashion in France (Online)

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Description: In this activity, students will practice describing clothing in French, so that others can guess what the item of clothing they’re describing.
Semantic Topics: Fashion, clothing, mode, online shopping, la mode, vêtements, phrases complètes, complete phrases

Products: Le Béret

Practices: Wearing the wool cap has long been a way to keep warm in the winter, and make a fashion statement. They are still commonly worn by French military personnel.

Perspectives: The Béret is not as often seen as it was in the early 20th century, but it is still a beloved French fashion.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards: 

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in French to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Idaho Standards: 

  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • CONN 2.1: Access authentic materials prepared in the target language by or for native speakers.
  • COMT 1.2: Discuss personal preferences in activities and events both within and beyond the classroom.
  • COMT 2.1: Interpret materials and/or use media from the language and culture for enjoyment.
  • CLTR 1.3: Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.
  • COMP 1.1: Observe formal and informal forms of language.
  • COMP 2.2: Compare and contrast appropriate gestures and oral expressions in the target culture with the learner’s culture.
  • COMP 2.3: Compare and contrast authentic materials from the target culture with the learner’s culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can describe my friend’s outfit and express if I like it or not.
  • I can shop for clothes online.
  • I can understand modern fashion expressions used in everyday life.

Materials Needed:

Warm-up

1. Look at the slides with different models on it. Have each student pick a model to describe (It’s okay if multiple students pick one model). Try to encourage the students to use the new vocabulary!

Regardez la diapositive avec les différents mannequins. Demandez à chaque élève de choisir un mannequin à décrire. (Ne vous inquiétez pas si plusieurs élèves choisissent un mannequin). Essayez d’encourager les élèves à utiliser le nouveau vocabulaire!

Main Activity

1. Students will be looking at clothing on French style websites.

Vous allez visiter chaque site-web à l’écran (www.orijns.fr, www.asos.frwww.kiabi.com) puis vous devrez en choisir un.

 

2. They will then describe the item and try to get the group to guess what it looks like.

Trouvez un vêtement à décrire au groupe.

 

3. Whoever is able to guess the item the most accurately, wins!

Celui qui est capable de décrire l’article le plus précisément, gagne!

 

Exemple: “Cet article est rose et a une fermeture éclaire. Vous portez cet article quand il fait froid.” “C’est un manteau rose ?” “Oui!”

Wrap-up

Ask the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Pensez-vous que vous allez utiliser ces expressions ?
    • Do you think that you will use these expressions?
  • Préférez-vous une de ces expressions ?
    • Do you prefer one of these expressions?
  • Est-ce que nous avons des expressions similaires en Anglais ?
    • Do we have similar expressions in English?

End of Activity:

  • Can-Do statement check-in… “Where are we?”
  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence.
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

Relevant Can-Do statements:

  • I can describe my friend’s outfit and express if I like it or not.
  • I can shop for clothes online.
  • I can understand modern fashion expressions used in everyday life.

CULTURAL NOTES

A French interviewer asks what French people in Saint-Denis are wearing.

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