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I have been sharing a lot of information about French Bank Holidays recently and making videos to explain them (click here to check some of them out), but I have been increasingly aware that they are very much focused on France. However French is not just spoken in France – and far from it! I have therefore decided to so some research into the National Days of other French-speaking countries and make videos to educate about them. Here is the result  – 29 presentations and videos for you to use at your leisure!

I am using one of those videos (and a few more, about French traditions) every week this academic year. Click here for a hyperlinked copy of my schedule.

Please email me at nathalieparis@nattalingo.co.uk if you would like an editable version of it.

This is also my contribution to helping decolonise the curriculum, as we are also learning more about why those countries are French-speaking.

Kate Flynn in the Languages in Primary School Facebook group reminded me of the excellent resources about French-speaking countries on the Lightbulb Languages website – click here to access those resources on the Lightbulb Languages website and click here to see exactly how she has exploited them! (I am sharing her ideas with her consent).

I hope it helps you and your child(ren) too!

  1. Cameroon – 20th May – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video about Cameroon
  2. Luxembourg – 23rd June – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video about Luxembourg
  3. Madagascar – 26th June – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video about the Madagascar
  4. Djibouti – 27th June – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video about Djibouti 
  5. The Seychelles – 29th June – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video about the Seychelles
  6. The Democratic Republic on Congo – 30th June – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  7. Burundi – 1st July – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video 
  8. Canada – 1st July – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  9. Rwanda – 1st July – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  10. The Comoros – 6th July – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  11. France (!) – 14th July – click here for a full blog all about it
  12. Belgium – 21st July – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  13. Vanuatu – 30th July – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  14. Benin – 1st August – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  15. Switzerland – 1st August – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  16. The Ivory Coast / Côte d’Ivoire – 7th August – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  17. Chad – 11th August – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  18. The Republic of Congo – 15th August – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  19. Gabon – 17th August – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  20. Mali – 22nd September – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  21. Guinea – 2nd October – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  22. Equatorial Guinea – 12th October – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video
  23. Monaco – 19th November – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video 
  24. The Central African Republic – 1st December – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video 
  25. Burkina Faso – 11th December – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video 
  26. Niger – 18th December – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video 
  27. Haiti – 1st January – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video 
  28. Senegal – 4th April – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video 
  29. Togo – 27th April – click here to watch the video on YouTube, click here to watch it on Vimeo and click here if you want a pdf of the presentation used in the video 

That’s it, that’s all 29 official French-speaking countries covered! It has taken me a whole year to do this, but it has been worth it! 

On the subject of decolonising the curriculum… have you read Eleanor Chettle Cully’s excellent blog? It is a must! Click here to read it.

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Merci !

Nathalie