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French Music in Classes: Ten Years of FrancoMusiques

What do Louane, Nekfeu or Maitre Gims have in common? All of the artists in France have already had a remarkable career as musicians, sing in French and their songs are treated in French classes in Germany. This is made possible by the FrancoMusiques initiative, which the Institut français Deutschland, the French music export office bureauexport and Cornelsen Verlag jointly launched ten years ago. This school year, FrancoMusiques is calling on school classes and young people to try it themselves and to compose, write and perform their own song in French. Whether chanson, rock, rap, solo singing or choir performance: almost everything is allowed. Cash prizes totaling 2,000 euros for the class or course fund are waiting for the three winning teams. All pupils in secondary levels 1 and 2 as well as vocational schools in Germany can take part. The Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW) awards a special prize for a school production that is the result of a collaboration with the French partner class.

Whether as a joint project in the class or as an individual contribution - everyone can take part in the music competition and let their creativity run free. A Franco-German jury will evaluate and award the submissions. The closing date for entries is January 31, 2017. The entries can be submitted online at www.cornelsen.de/francomusiques. Additional inspiration for French teachers is provided by 13 current music tracks by well-known French artists and bands, which can be downloaded online free of charge - by Louane, Nekfeu and Maitre Gims, among others. Teachers will also find suitable free teaching materials such as worksheets and templates for levels A1 to B2. The materials contain the lyrics of the chansons, information on the song topics, levels of difficulty and solutions. Detailed information on the FrancoMusiques competition, the music download, free teaching materials and teacher training courses at: cornelsen.de/francomusiques

Initiators of FrancoMusiques:

Institut français Germany
More than 24 cities across Germany host a French cultural agency. The Institut français Germany brings together eleven Instituts français and three cultural antennas under one roof. It maintains close cooperation with the ten Franco-German cultural centers. The head of the institute is also head of the cultural department of the French embassy in Berlin. Each of the eleven Institut français nationwide offers a wide range of courses and designs its own individual cultural program. The heads of the institutes in Hamburg and Stuttgart also represent France in both cities as consul general. The Franco-German centers, mainly supported by the cities and federal states, complement this offer and also contribute to the spread of the French and Francophone language and culture nationwide. The ever closer relationship between France and Germany makes knowledge of the partner language and culture increasingly important and necessary. That is why the Institut français Germany attaches great importance to the promotion of the French language with a diverse educational offer and support for mobility to France. institutfrancais.de/bildung

bureauexport Berlin
The French Music Export Bureau is a non-profit organization that receives financial support from both the French state and the French music industry. Your job is to promote French music productions abroad. Since it was founded in 1993, bureauexport has initiated and helped shape numerous educational projects. french-music.org

Cornelsen Verlag
The commitment to learning foreign languages ​​at Cornelsen is historically shaped. Franz Cornelsen founded the Berliner Verlag in 1946 with the aim of making a contribution to international understanding. Today Cornelsen Verlag is one of the leading publishers for educational media in Germany and is an integral part of the educational landscape. With a complete range for all subjects, school types, federal states, numerous initiatives and pilot projects, the company makes an active contribution to improving the quality of schools and teaching. The publishing program includes over 21,000 titles. Cornelsen Verlag is part of the Franz Cornelsen Education Group. cornelsen.de/francomusiques

Franco-German youth agency
The Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW) is an international organization in the service of Franco-German cooperation and sponsors the 2017 Special Prize. Since 1963, it has enabled more than eight million young Germans and French to take part in over 300,000 exchange programs. dfjw.org

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