Défi francophone

Défi francophone

Teaching and learning French with DÉFI FRANCOPHONE is an exciting cultural and personal experience, a way to open students’ minds to the diverse world of French-speaking people and cultures. With this innovative program, the French classroom becomes a space where students develop 21st‑century skills, such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.

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A new French program for
Higher Education

DÉFI FRANCOPHONE’s innovative design follows a task-based, content-focused approach. Its main goal is to inspire students to build knowledge through explorative and expansive learning. The French classroom becomes a space where students develop 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.

Why DÉFI FRANCOPHONE?

  • It offers an original and modern program that places culture at the heart of language learning. The discovery of Francophone cultures and societies (cultural, multicultural realities, of everyday life...) sparks interest and spontaneously leads students to feel the need to acquire linguistic skills. 
  • Grammar is treated in a progressive and inductive manner: the learner reflects on the grammar points covered in the documents (blogs, articles, infografics...) then co-constructs their grammatical competence. Vocabulary is also acquired through a thoughtful process. Students are encouraged to build their lexical repertoire with new words throughout the unit (Mon panier de lexique, words and useful expressions, frequent word combinations...). 
  • Interculturality occupies an important place and students are led to react and interact based on their own identity and personal experience. 
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE offers reading strategies that activate students’ prior knowledge of the world, of genres and types of texts, and their own linguistic knowledge. These strategies help them understand texts, work independently and develop their proficiency.
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE offers a methodological approach anchored by actions: micro-tasks throughout the lesson cycle prepare learners for the défis (tasks) at the end of each dossier.
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE offers an inclusive perspective on learning. Its approach makes it accessible to all and appeals to multiple intelligences (visual, verbal, interpersonal, intrapersonal...). Additionally, its diverse and stimulating representations of cultural realities embraces all the identities and communities in the Francophone world —and in the students’ world as well. 
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE is suitable for the flipped classroom approach, allowing instructors to optimize class time. Students can prepare independently before the class session, reserving precious class time for communication and collaboration. 
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE is a model of authentic, student-centered design. Students make decisions and complete task-based activities that are personally relevant and that encourage them to take an active role in their own learning

Why DÉFI FRANCOPHONE?

  • It offers an original and modern program that places culture at the heart of language learning. The discovery of Francophone cultures and societies (cultural, multicultural realities, of everyday life...) sparks interest and spontaneously leads students to feel the need to acquire linguistic skills. 
  • Grammar is treated in a progressive and inductive manner: the learner reflects on the grammar points covered in the documents (blogs, articles, infografics...) then co-constructs their grammatical competence. Vocabulary is also acquired through a thoughtful process. Students are encouraged to build their lexical repertoire with new words throughout the unit (Mon panier de lexique, words and useful expressions, frequent word combinations...). 
  • Interculturality occupies an important place and students are led to react and interact based on their own identity and personal experience. 
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE offers reading strategies that activate students’ prior knowledge of the world, of genres and types of texts, and their own linguistic knowledge. These strategies help them understand texts, work independently and develop their proficiency.
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE offers a methodological approach anchored by actions: micro-tasks throughout the lesson cycle prepare learners for the défis (tasks) at the end of each dossier.
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE offers an inclusive perspective on learning. Its approach makes it accessible to all and appeals to multiple intelligences (visual, verbal, interpersonal, intrapersonal...). Additionally, its diverse and stimulating representations of cultural realities embraces all the identities and communities in the Francophone world —and in the students’ world as well. 
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE is suitable for the flipped classroom approach, allowing instructors to optimize class time. Students can prepare independently before the class session, reserving precious class time for communication and collaboration. 
  • DÉFI FRANCOPHONE is a model of authentic, student-centered design. Students make decisions and complete task-based activities that are personally relevant and that encourage them to take an active role in their own learning

Annotated Instructor's Edition

The Annotated Instructor's Edition of DÉFI FRANCOPHONE contains an abundance of annotations created to complement various teaching styles, save time in class preparation and course management, and provide additional ideas on how to extend some activities

Our digital environment

My French Hub is a platform offering digital content and resources for students and instructors who work with DÉFI FRANCOPHONE. 

It is designed with a clear purpose in mind: to improve teaching and learning experiences in Higher Education environments with engaging content and helpful, user-friendly tools.

The platform offers easy access to a vast array of material in different formats to help students better grasp and practice contents, build their skills, develop cultural insights, and meet learning objectives. My French Hub is easy, flexible and intuitive for all users. As more and more institutions move into the digital world, it is important for us to offer digital content in an interface that is intuitive and straightforward for all types of users and 100% web-based and browser friendly, as well as compatible with all smartphones and tablets via an application that allows instructors and students to work both offline and online at any time and from any location.

Technology that is affordable,
intuitive, mobile, and accessible to all!

Students can find:

  • Interactive Textbook, a fully digital version of the student book
  • Interactive Activities, a fully digital version of a traditional Student Activities Manual (SAM)
  • Enriched eText with audio and videos
  • Grammar tutorials
  • Capsule de phonétique: animated short films explaining the fundamentals of pronunciation and intonation
  • Interactive quizzes for each chapter
  • Audios and their scripts
  • Videos and their scripts
  • Texte lu, audio text narrated by different native speakers from France and Quebec
  • And MUCH more!

Instructors can find:

  • Interactive Textbook, a fully digital version of the student book
  • Interactive Activities, a fully digital version of a traditional Student Activities Manual (SAM)
  • Digital AIE, an eBook version of the Annotated Instructor’s Edition
  • Enriched eText with audio and videos
  • A fully functional online platform with a gradebook, a messaging system, a homework assignment tool, and analytics data to evaluate student performance
  • Texte lu, audio text narrated by different native speakers from France and Quebec
  • Grammar and verb tables
  • All materials are highly customizable and easy to copy and share with our 'master class' tool
  • A great variety of assessment tools: tests, self-correcting quizzes, rubrics, etc


Unique
feature

Among its many features, we would like to draw your attention to a particular resource that sets DÉFI FRANCOPHONE apart from other programs.

 

Texte lu

These texts are read aloud by different native speakers from France and Canada. This feature allows students to listen to the text while they read along, listen after they have read the text themselves, or practice and check their own French pronunciation, among many other possibilities.

Contributors

Hedwige Meyer, M.A.

University of Washington

Lorenzo Giachetti, Ph.D.

University of Washington

Annye Castonguay, M.A.

University of Victoria

Catherine Caws, Ph.D.

University of Victoria

Marie-Claude Dansereau, M.A.

University of Ottawa

Sophie Le Gall

Alliance Française de Calgary


Reviewers

LAURENCE ARRIGHI
Université de Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick

DALILA AYOUN
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

JOËL CASTONGUAY-BÉLANGER
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

MATHILDE BÉGU
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

MARIE-LINE BRUNET
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

AURÉLIE CHATTON
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan

TRACY HERANIC
Université Concordia, Montréal, Québec

ROB NAPIER
Fort Worth Country Day School / Alliance Française de Dallas, Texas

FABIEN OLIVRY
Université Concordia, Montréal, Québec

STÉPHANIE PALISSE
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

MARC OLIVIER REID
Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario

ANNE SCHAEFER
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

ANNE TAIEB
Tufts University, Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts

ELLEN THORINGTON
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

BÉATRICE VERNIER
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

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