ACTIVITY: Prior to day one, teacher may wish to do the following assignment
as a "curiosity teaser".
Have students go to their local groceries and compose a list of any/all
"foreign foods" that they may find, as well as their countries of origin.
Be prepared to discuss their findings and to compile an overall list on
DAY 1 of the unit. After discussion of their "finds",
students should keep their answers for use in a cumulating assignment.
OBJECTIVES: Students will be presented with
a general introduction to the country of Cameroon.
The information presented will be composed of geographical, historical
and sociological content.
Tip: Use overhead maps of
the African continent and of the country of Cameroon, to presented a general
introduction to the country of Cameroon.
can take notes as the teacher introduces the country of Cameroon. Upon
completion of the lecture, students will be asked complete the review questions to check for comprehension of the
presentation. Teachers will go over the answers
with the students.
Students to brainstorm a list of foods that they think they would be likely
to eat or encounter, should they travel to the country of Cameroon.
Tip Teachers should
not interject as to the correctness of student responses at this point.
These lists should be saved for future use within the unit.
Students will be asked to write a short paragraph abut mealtime in their
home/family. This assignment may be adapted to meet the needs of the individual
classroom. (E.g., English for exploratory or beginning students; use of
French for more advanced students, options to concentrate/review grammatical
concepts such as present, preterit/ imperfect, irregular verbs: boire,
Paragraphs should include
vocabulary dealing with food items and table setting. Students should
be encouraged to address specific cultural patterns/habits associated
with meal time (e.g., no hands/arms on the table, when meals are served,
etc.) These paragraphs may later serve as a vehicle for short classroom
discussions, or mini-skits.
EVALUATION: Teachers may choose
to assess/evaluate these activities in a variety of ways (as they deem
appropriate). Some examples would be: accuracy of responses on the worksheet,
stylistics/grammar of the paragraphs (particularly if done in the target
language), or simply completion of the task.
INFORMATION ON CAMEROON
OFFICIAL NAME: République du Cameroun
SIZE: 475,00 sq. km. (slightly larger than California)
Other important cities are: Douala, Maroua, Bamenda, Bafoussam, Garoua,
Buea, Ngaoundéré, Bertoua and Ebolowa: all provincial capitals.)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: French and English. Cameroon in the only African country
with two official languages, French and English.
MONETARY UNIT: CFA (Franc de la Communauté financière
africaine) 500 CFA = $1 (approx.), (1FF [French Franc] = 100 CFA).****
FLAG: From left to right, three vertical bands of
green, red and yellow, with a yellow star in the center of the red band.****
RELIGIONS: Although estimates vary, approximately 33% of the population
is Christian (mostly in the south), approximately 15% are of the Islamic
following (mostly in the north), others practice indigenous religions.
(It is interesting to note, that even if one is Christian or Muslim, indigenous
religious overtones are still incorporated into their lives.)
LOCATION: West-Central Africa, with lake Tchad to the north, Tchad and
Central African Republic to the east, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea
to the south and Nigeria to the west. Cameroon has 5 primary regions:
a coastal plain, southern plateau, western highlands, Adamaoua plateau
and the northern savanna regions.
POPULATION: Approximately 13 1/2 million and growing rapidly. The average
life expectancy is about 56 years. Also, about 45% of the population is
under the age of 15, complicating the already difficult economic situation.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND BRIEF HISTORY: Cameroon is very diverse from a
sociological point of view. There are well over 200 ethnic groups, which
can be further sub-divided into clans, and approximately 253 languages.
Cameroon owes its name to the Portuguese. They named the area of the Wouri
river, "Rio dos Camaroes" or "River of Shrimp". During the 15th century,
when the explorers came to the mouth of the river, they found it teeming
with shrimp. This name was later attributed to the entire country.
Cameroon had been a German protectorate (1884) and after the first World
War, was divided between the French and British, first as a League of
Nations mandated territories and later as a UN Trust territories, with
about 4/5 of the land going to the French. Cameroon gained independence
in 1960 from the French and from the British in 1961, at which time the
two parts united.
Cameroon has great diversity as to the agricultural and economic products.
Agriculturally, Cameroon produces: cocoa, tea, coffee, cotton, peanuts,
tobacco, bananas, sugar cane and palm oil. Other economic products include:
rubber, tropical hard-woods (such as ebony), leather goods, and petroleum.
(Cameroonians are very aware of the potential dangers of sole dependence
on the oil industry and feel that agriculture is also very vital to the
country's economic growth.)
WORKSHEET: REVIEW OF CAMEROON
These questions include
true/false, matching and short answer. Answers are provided below.
TRUE OR FALSE??
(correct any false statements to make them true)
1._____Cameroon is smaller than Indiana
2._____There are two languages spoken in Cameroon.
3._____Cameroon had been a German protectorate until the end of World War
4._____There are three primary regions in Cameroon.
5._____Cameroon became independent from the French in 1960.
FILL IN THE BLANKS
1. The city of ________________ is the capital of Cameroon.
2. There are over ______________ethnic groups in Cameroon.
3. The official name of Cameroon is _______________________________.
4. The lake _______________lies to the north of Cameroon.
5. The population of Cameroon is approximately ______________________________.
1. Where, in Africa, is Cameroon located?
2. Name the surrounding countries of Cameroon.
3. Describe the flag of Cameroon.
4. Name the primary cities (other than the capital).
5. Using the map (provided by your teacher), identify Cameroon, fill in
the surrounding countries and the primary cities.
religion practiced (mostly) in the north
b. name given to the Wouri river, from which is derived the name Cameroon
c. group responsible for naming Cameroon
d. monetary unit
ANSWER KEY TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
1. F slightly larger than California
2. F 253+ languages
4. F 5 primary regions
FILL IN THE BLANKS
3. République du Cameroun
5. 13 1/2 million
1. West-Central Africa
2. Tchad, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and
3. Three vertical bands, left to right of green, red and yellow with a
yellow star in the
center of the red band.
4. Douala, Maroua, Bamenda, Bafoussam,
Garoua, Buea, Ngaoundéré, Bertoua, Ebolowa
5. (consult maps in the unit packet)
1. B 2. D
3. A 4. E