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Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Our Pedagogy

We have developed a project-based, differentiated pedagogy adapted to the needs of French Heritage speakers.

Our afterschool programs allow students to reinforce literacy in their home language, accelerate their acquisition of English, and receive greater overall academic support. We create our own teaching resources, mainly based on cultural and artistic projects, and focusing on African and Haitian content to respect and give value to the students’ native cultures. A strong emphasis is also placed on media-awareness, to empower our students with the necessary knowledge to interact with the media-based world in which we live.

We also directly contribute to college readiness by offering preparation for official tests like the Advanced Placement exam in French, which paves our students’ way to higher education by giving them university credits.

In addition to in-class activities, the creative workshops, fieldtrips, and summer camps that we organize offer unique opportunities for our students to interact with francophone artists and university students, as well as to explore major sites and institutions steeped in the French language.

The FHLP expands Francophone horizons.


Teaching Resources
Assessment – Placement tests

Assessing your students’ linguistic background and proficiency in French is always a priority, especially when you need to build the right curriculum contents and appropriate teaching material at the start of the school year or assess your students’ progression at the end of it. Here are a few useful tools to help you meet that need :

Elementary school level
Elementary school student’s language background check [pdf]
General French language diagnostic test for elementary School students [zip]

Secondary school level
Secondary school student’s language background check [pdf]
Basic French literacy test [pdf]
General French Language diagnostic test for secondary school students [link]
Advanced Native French proficiency test [link]


Elementary School

New resources and activities are in the making for the teaching of French as a heritage language at primary school level. The themes that were chosen for our pilot program at NYFACS are as follows: Roots and Identity – Habitat - Culinary Arts - Literature, Arts and Folklore – Festivities and Traditions. These themes can be explored as a means to studying the language in many different ways such as debates, readings, writing, drawing, outings, films… The goal is to promote French literacy, and develop communicative skills. As in high school, culture-based, differentiated pedagogy is implemented, and authentic materials used as often as possible.

Download our French Heritage Elementary School Curriculum overview [pdf]
Visit our partner’s website : NYFACS (New York French American Charter School)

Secondary School

Most of our High School students have recently arrived in the United States and come from sometimes very different educational backgrounds with varying proficiency in French. The aim of this secondary school curriculum is to start with what the students already know about their language and identity, then enlarge this work to family and community relations, Francophonie and global challenges, and end the school year with the students' own class-made instructional project, with a professional goal. The linguistic progression begins with reinforcing day-to-day language and basic literacy skills and moves gradually towards building valuable skills in academic language, that will benefit not only their general knowledge of the French language but also be transferable to other subjects at school, including the learning of English as a second language. Again all our units are project-based, rely on authentic resources taken from the diversity of French speaking countries, and include differentiated activities to best meet our students' individual needs.

Curriculum French High School 2012 overview [pdf]



A good way to start the school year and make sure everybody knows each other in the classroom. While re-discovering some famous or less famous francophone personalities through different media, students get to discover themselves in the process using presentation projects in a creative way to write and talk about their past and current lives, from their countries of origin to the United States.

Projet Autoportrait [pdf]

Supporting audio and video material available upon request.


Family and community relations

In this unit, students explore family relations, conflicts, love, cultural differences and traditions, and are offered to develop strong language interaction skills inherent to living together and better understanding their immediate communities. They also get the chance to work on Ivoirian TV soap opera Ma Famille, Graphic novel Aya de Yopougon, song Letter à ma fille by Idir. Final task includes writing a short play to be performed on stage.

Family and community relations [pdf]

Supporting audio and video material available upon request


Sur les traces d’Aimé Césaire

2013 marks the 100th birthday of French writer Aimé Césaire, the famous author of "Cahier d'un Retour au Pays Natal" and creator with Leopold Sédar Senghor of the Negritude literary movement. Through video documentaries, excerpts from Césaire’s work and creative writing activities, students are introduced to the author’s thought and its meaning in contemporary western culture.
A perfect fit for “Black history month”!

Sur les Traces d’Aimé Césaire [pdf]

Supporting audio and video material available upon request


Identité et Diversité

Let us make the most of where our students come from and help them develop their own documentary about a French-speaking community in the United States. Through this project, students get to reflect on immigration in the US and how communities deal with preserving their language and cultural heritage while having to adjust to their new environment. This unit provides a special focus on Harlem's Little Senegal.

Identité et Diversité [pdf]

Supporting audio and video material available upon request



This project aims at studying the French language through songs from the Caribbean, Africa, France and Quebec. Each new song becomes an opportunity to share opinions and feelings, and to practice the language through presentations, descriptions of the rhythms and instruments, video clips, and the reading and explanation of the lyrics. Of course, the students also engage in thorough vocabulary and grammar work, which leads to the writing of their own songs.

Guidelines [pdf]
Worksheet A - Type de musique [pdf]
Worksheet B1 - Pourquoi aimez-vous la musique [pdf]
Worksheet B2 - Le reportage
Worksheet C - Montrez votre video!
Worksheet D - Article de presse
Worksheet E - Comment vendre
Worksheet F - Le grand débat
Worksheet G - Recherchez votre artiste
Worksheet H - Les choristes [pdf]
Worksheet I - Devinez la rime [pdf]
Worksheet J - Structure de la chanson [pdf]
Worksheet K - Ma chanson



In this project, the students study the works of African and Haitian authors such as Dany Lafferière, Camara Laye, Raphaël Confiant, or Léopold Senghor. The students are assigned a different reading task each week: they summarize, illustrate, explain key ideas, imagine sequels, state opinions, and formulate hypotheses. They also link what they read to their personal experiences, or to the realities of today’s world. Eventually, the students make cardboard posters to display their work in the school.

Guidelines [pdf]
Worksheet A - Recherche web [pdf]
Worksheet B1 - Resumé
Worksheet B2 - Idées clés [pdf]
Worksheet B3 - Illustration [pdf]
Worksheet B4 - Hypothèses [pdf]
Worksheet B5 - Ecriture de suite [pdf]
Worksheet B6 - Traduction [pdf]
Worksheet C - Blog [pdf]
Worksheet D - Script [pdf]
Worksheet E - Outline [pdf]
Worksheet F - Le Power Point [pdf]



This project is devoted to the study of one or two francophone films, as well as major international film festivals such as FESPACO (Burkina) and Cannes (France). Here, the students acquire the basics of film lexicon. With the help of online searches and class discussions, they become improvised film critics, which also requires them to identify and learn the appropriate elements of speech. The students also create their own synopses.

To be published soon



Here are some activities that focus on oral production of the French language, including sight-reading, pronunciation, and intonation. The students will also be exposed to a largely unknown medium from the French-speaking world outside Europe. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve pronunciation while expanding vocabulary. Students will also associate spoken French with a highly expressive and interactive extra-curricular activity.

Guidelines [pdf]
Worksheet - Choix de Voix [pdf]



While developing their reading and communication skills, the students reflect on how the media reports on events. They analyze authentic press articles from Francophone news websites as well as TV and radio segments. The ultimate goal of this project is to sharpen the students’ analytical skills. As a result, the students become mature readers, as well as alert members of the community. This projects leads to the creation of a small class newspaper. The students also create a survey on media usage in their families.

Guidelines [pdf]
Worksheet A - Type d'informations [pdf]
Worksheet B - Comparaisons médias
Worksheet C - Guide de lecture [pdf]
Worksheet D - Grille de lecture [pdf]
Worksheet E - Sondage [pdf]
Worksheet F - Enquête médias [pdf]
Worksheet G - Maquette presse [pdf]
Worksheet H - Introduction écriture article [pdf]


Porfolio and Blog

Here, the students work on portfolios that include presentations, interviews of a family member and essays on subjects such as the cultural differences between the United States and their countries of origin, historical events, traditions, music, religion, education, or sports. In addition to the paper version of their portfolio, the students also get to publish part of their work online in a blog that is especially created to become a space where they can express their opinions on a variety of topics.


Preparation for the SAT II French and Advanced Placement French

To further enhance the recognition of Heritage students’ French language skills (which are reflected in the high scores they usually achieve), we include in our curriculum SAT II and Advanced Placement French test preparation for any students interested in taking these tests. Highly valued in the world of higher education, SAT and AP exams are often a prerequisite for access to many universities. Registration is free for students, as the fee is entirely covered by the Heritage program or its partner schools.


Contact Us

Agnès Ndiaye Tounkara
Program Coordinator


FACE Foundation

972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075