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Marshall McLuhan Salon Newsletter 01/2013

Dear Friends of Canada,

In this newsletter, we would like to update you on a number of topics and inform you about upcoming events connected with the Marshall McLuhan Salon. New teaching materials for French classes are available for download on our website. There are also new films waiting to be discovered in the Marshall McLuhan Salon.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Salon soon and wish you a pleasant spring.

The Marshall McLuhan Salon Team
Embassy of Canada


Looking for participants – Registrations for the second Canada Quiz in summer 2013

Following the success of our first Canada Quiz in December 2012, we would like to invite interested teachers to sign up for the second Canada Quiz. In order to be eligible, classes must have visited the Marshall McLuhan Salon and have prepared themselves with the help of Explore Canada, an interactive map of Canada, available for free from the MMS.
The next Canada Quiz will take place in June 2013, with the exact date to be agreed with the participants. Both the level of questions and the quiz language (options: German, English, French) will be adapted to the needs of the group, so please be sure to provide the relevant information when you sign up. Participation is free, but the number of places is limited, so please sign up by May 10, 2013 by sending an e-mail to info@mcluhan-salon.de



Coming soon on our website: Media-based teaching and learning materials for French

Canada is now part of the high-school curriculum in two Länder. In Berlin and Brandenburg, “Histoires d'amour" is being offered as an examination topic in French for the Abitur exam. Why not integrate a "histoire d'amour" from Canada in your teaching plan?
In November 2012, Frank Links from the University of Bonn discussed, in his talk Les médias imaginaires, how the Canadian film Les amours imaginaires by Xavier Dolan could be used in class to promote linguistic and intercultural competence as well as an understanding of the interconnectedness of different forms of media. Teaching material based on this talk adapted to the teaching of French at senior high-school level can be downloaded from our website under teaching and learning material by our registered users.
The Marshall McLuhan Salon regularly welcomes school students learning French and offers many possibilities to promote linguistic and intercultural competence, through selected Canadian films, for example.


Focus: The Arctic

The Arctic is the living environment of the indigenous peoples of northern Canada. Like other indigenous peoples, these populations are faced with the challenges of a globalized and constantly changing world. How do they live today? What traditions have survived? What kind of impact do global problems such as climate change have on the people and wildlife of northern Canada? To learn more on these topics, we recommend the following recent MMS acquisitions, which can be seen in the Marshall McLuhan Salon:

Arctic Hip Hop
© 2008 Production des Collines / 43 minutes
Capitalizing on the popularity of hip hop, social worker Stephen Leafloor has been bringing positive hip hop workshops to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. While dancing to the beat, kids are encouraged to blend their rich, ancient culture with a modern one. Between back spins and body waves, they discuss bullying, body image and suicide (in English).

People of a Feather
© 2011 Sanikiluaq Running Pictures / 90 minutes
Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, Canadian filmmaker Joel Heath takes you through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Recreations of traditional life are juxtaposed with modern life, as the people and wildlife of the islands face the challenges posed by the climate change.

People of the Ice
© 2003 Glacialis Productions / NFB / 53 minutes
This feature documentary explores the threats of global warming to the Arctic environment that has nurtured the Inuit for 4,000 years. The Inuit have lived in harmony in this frozen landscape for generations. Today, global warming threatens their living environment. As the ice disappears, so does the Inuit culture it is intimately connected to (in English).

Focus: Francophone Canada

As an officially bilingual country and a member of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Canada is increasingly becoming a part of the curriculum for French in German schools. This is why we are especially pleased to be able to present the following French-language films with German subtitles at the Marshall McLuhan Salon:

Au royaume du français, le bilinguisme est roi
© 2008 CBC / 9 minutes
In this documentary from the Téléjournal series, Bertrand Hall presents a school in the Québec region of Lac-Saint-Jean, where francophone students receive intensive English tuition in order to be able to meet the expectations of a globalized labor market where the English language is omnipresent.

Éloge du chiac - Part 2
© 2009 NFB / 78 minutes
People who participated in the making of the film Éloge du chiac by Michel Brault meet again after 40 years to discuss the main thing they have in common: their mother tongue, Chiac. This French dialect strongly influenced by English is spoken chiefly in the south-east of New Brunswick.

Qui nous sommes
© 2007 CBC / 31 minutes
This report presented on the television program Enjeux looks at how Canadians living in big cities perceive themselves and examines how their values have evolved through the years. What do urban Canadians think of topics such as immigration, marriage, homosexuality or the relationship between the generations?

We also offer visits focusing on the topics "French-speaking Canada" and "The Arctic" aimed at students of all levels as well as teachers. For more information, visit our website at www.mcluhan-salon.de. There you can also sign up for a visit using our Visit Planner.


Media Centre search

All new films, teaching materials and texts can also be researched in our online Media Centre.



On May 24, 2013 the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies is offering a training course for teachers 'Canadian Studies Day 2013: Perspectives on/from Canada'. For up to date information regarding the programme or possible changes please refer to http://www.uni-marburg.de/mzks/aktuelles

From Sat, Juli 27 to August 10 2013, the German-American Institute is offering a training in Toronto for teachers 'Exploring the Canadian Multicultural Mosaic'. For up to date information please refer to http://www.dai-tuebingen.de/reisen/lehrerfortbildung/toronto-2013.html

Up-to-date information on all upcoming events can be found under News & Events on our website.