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La chaise berçante/The Rocking Chair uses Oscar-winning animation to teach and promote the French language and French-Canadian culture.

The film CRAC! tells the story of the evolution of Quebec society through the life of a rocking chair. The rocking chair has particular significance in the history of Quebec and, in this story, illustrates the rapidly changing world in which we live.
In addition to the outstanding 15-minute film from Société Radio-Canada, La chaise berçante contains hours of interaction at three degrees of difficulty.
  • video clips from a televised interview with Frédéric Back, the film's creator
  • Canadian art (Krieghoff, C. Gagnon, Thomson, Borduas, Molinari, Riopelle and others)
  • songs (including one by Quebec singer/songwriter Claude Dubois)
  • traditional French-Canadian folk dances
  • La chasse-galerie, a legend narrated in two distinct styles
  • computer-based activities
  • a multimedia lexicon of over 1,000 words
  • over 3,000 audio and graphic files
  • an appealing artistic concept
  • a strong pedagogical component in both content and instructional design

Last updated: 01/18/2007
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