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Better French Living through Independent Learning. School of Modern Languages (SML) Dr Sandra Salin – sandra.salin@newcastle.ac.uk Dr Damien Hall - damien.hall@newcastle.ac.uk Morgane M azan - morgane.mazan@newcastle.ac.uk. Aims.

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Better French Living through Independent Learning

School of Modern Languages (SML)

Dr Sandra Salin – sandra.salin@newcastle.ac.uk

Dr Damien Hall - damien.hall@newcastle.ac.uk

Morgane Mazan - morgane.mazan@newcastle.ac.uk


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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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!

sandra.salin@newcastle.ac.uk

damien.hall@newcastle.ac.uk


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