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Unit 1

1.3 Challenges Families Face

4 min readnovember 5, 2021

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Margaret Schmidt


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What challenges do families face in today's world? (Quels sont les défis auxquels les familles font face dans le monde d'aujourd'hui?)

What challenges do families face in today's world?

(Quels sont les défis auxquels les familles font face dans le monde d'aujourd'hui?)
Most families face some type of challenge in today's world, right? Some of these are shared challenges regardless of where people live. Below you'll find some descriptions of these challenges in French; these will help you as you develop your skills in describing and discussing modern families.

Les rôles changeants des parents dans la famille moderne:

  • 👨 Est-ce que le père reste le “chef de famille”? Dans quelles sociétés francophones? (Is the father still the "head of the family"? In which francophone societies?)
  • 👩 Est-ce que la mère est le dernier bastion de la famille? (Is the mother the last stronghold of the family? What about in families with 2 mothers? 👩‍👩‍👧‍👦)
  • 🧹Comment gérer ou partager les tâches ménagères? (How is housework managed or shared?)
  • 👶 Qui s’occupe des enfants si les deux parents travaillent hors de foyer? (Who cares for the children if both parents work outside the home?)
  • 🏛️ Comment adresser la discrimination contre les familles non-traditionnelles? (How do non-traditional families address discrimination?)
  • 💰 Comment financer les frais de scolarité (How do families finance the cost of education)?
  • 💓 Et si l'on n'est pas d'accord avec la polygamie, mais on n'a pas de choix? (What if you're not ok with polygamy but you have no choice?)
  • 🌆 Les foyers à plusieurs générations à cause des crises économiques, les prix de l’immobilier / de logements surtout dans les grandes villes; donc les enfants qui cohabitent plus longtemps avec leurs parents. (Households are comprised of several generations due to economic crises, the cost of housing especially in large cities; thus children are living longer with their parents.)
  • 💔 Aider ses parents dans les situations difficiles (deuil, maladie, perte d'emploi) est un devoir pour beaucoup d'adultes. (Helping parents in difficult situations (death of spouse, illness, loss of employment) is a responsibility for many adults.).
  • 📜 Les couples qui vivent en concubinage n’ont souvent pas de droits ou de protection sous la loi. (Couples living together don't have the same rights or protection as married couples or couples in civil unions).
  • 🚗 La difficulté des jeunes adultes d'entrer dans le monde du travail. (The difficulty that young adults have entering the world of work).
  • 👧 L'education des filles, et les conséquences à long terme. (The education of girls, and the long-term consequences).
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À quoi ressemble le milieu familial des enfants québécois d’aujourd’hui? Image Courtesy of Naître et grandir.

Strive for Five Vocab 🔑🔑

  1. la PMA—la procréation médicalement assistée (medically assisted reproduction)
  2. s’entendre avec (to get along with someone)—Je m'entends bien avec ma belle-mère.
  3. avoir le droit de—(to have the right to do something) Les femmes marocaines ont le droit de demander le divorce.
  4. autoriser / permettre (to allow/ to permit) Le Coran autorise qu'un homme peut prendre une deuxième femme.
  5. le chômage / être chômeur (unemployment/to be unemployed)
  6. subvenir aux besoins de sa famille (to meet the needs of one's family)

Preparing for the Exam

The main theme of Unit 1 is Families & Communities, but also includes Personal & Public Identities, Contemporary Life as well as Global Challenges.
Unit 1 highlights three of the FRQs—the Free-Response Questions:
  1. Email Reply 💻
  2. Conversation 🗣️
  3. Cultural Comparison ⚖️

1. Email Reply

For the email reply, you might be asked to describe your family, or explain what you know about family structures of a francophone culture. You may be asked to explain challenges facing families in today's world, the impact of social media on identity, or your own personal interest and goals Don't forget: The email reply is formal! "Vous", monsieur, madame, s'il vous plaît! A successful email reply should include clear examples and appropriate language. Practice using the vocabulary and expressions shared here to prepare. You got this!! 💻

2. Conversation

For the conversation, you'll need to respond (spontaneously!) to questions about contemporary issues (life, your family, your interests, school, friends, even global issues). For the Conversation task, you'll always be speaking with someone your age, so the register is informal—"tu", not "vous"! Your questions and answers should be informal, but you still need to use accurate vocabulary, as well as appropriate greeting and leave-taking expressions. 🗣️

3. Cultural Comparison

The cultural comparison is a formal presentation, and you'll need accurate vocabulary and clear examples, and good organization to respond well. Past topics include technology, immigration, health care, and recycling, to name a few. Thinking about the theme of Families & Communities, you might be asked to compare family structures or changes to family structures, rites of passage, changing roles in families, or maybe housing structures and affordability. Using the resources above, as well as your own rock-star skills, you'll hit this one out of the park! ⚖️

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