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Better French Living through Independent Learning. School of Modern Languages (SML) Dr Sandra Salin – [email protected] Dr Damien Hall - [email protected] Morgane M azan - [email protected] Aims.

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better french living through independent learning

Better French Living through Independent Learning

School of Modern Languages (SML)

Dr Sandra Salin – [email protected]

Dr Damien Hall - [email protected]

Morgane Mazan - [email protected]

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Aims
  • to collaborate with Stage 2, 3 and 4 French language students
  • to develop specifically designed online resources
  • to promote targeted independent learning
  • to help NU students prepare for the time they will spend in a francophone country as part of their studies
  • to integrate linguistics content into French Language learning and teaching
  • to narrow the gap between (research-based) Content modules and (language-learning-based) Language modules
better preparation for living in a francophone country
Better preparation for living in a francophone country
  • Who goes abroad?
  • How are they prepared?
  • SML Students’ feedback
  • Preliminary survey among Stage 4 students (returning from their Year Abroad)

everyday situations – Practical

informal conversations – Oral

  • Independent learning – online resources
  • Existing online resources
  • To go beyond the SML
better integration of linguistics into language learning
Better integration of Linguistics into language learning

Why?

  • Better links between content and language
  • To show how linguistics can help enhance language skills

For example

  • Accents
  • Pronunciation
  • Intonation

How?

  • Integration of one linguistic point per real-life situation unit
  • Targeted exercises and activities
project phase 1 consultation
Project phase 1 - Consultation
  • Surveys currently going on:
  • Difficulties identified so far:
  • Opening a bank account
  • Phone conversations
  • Slang / daily vocabulary and conversations
  • Accents
  • Correspondence / emails
  • Cultural differences / clichés
  • Etiquette
  • Daily life
  • Healthcare
  • Education systems

Focus groups (SML Stage 4 students)

E-mails to SML Stage 3 students with experience in a French-speaking country

  • Second step: consult non-SML students with experience in a French-speaking country
the future of the project
The future of the project

Summer 2014

Material development (including listening activities focussing on spoken and colloquial French, cultural differences, etiquette, practical situations, accents and intonation)

  • Parts of the material will be produced in-house
  • All recordings used will be transcribed and answer sheets (or recordings) produced.
  • Semester 1 2014-15
  • Material made available to Stage 2 students via Blackboard.

Amendments after feedback.

Semester 2 2014-15

Tested material made available to NU students via Language Resource Centre.

long term objectives
Long-term objectives
  • to provide up-to-date, culturally relevant material
  • to offer students the opportunity to practice their skills with targeted sources on a regular basis
  • to encourage students to practice regularly and formatively

Please contact us and send your suggestions!

Thank you!

[email protected]

[email protected]

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