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Better French Living through the Internet and Linguistics. School of Modern Languages 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 the internet and linguistics

Better French Living through the Internet and Linguistics

School of Modern Languages

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

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

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

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

Why?

  • Understanding the structures behind sounds and sentences will help students have better accents and better grammar

For example

  • Many English-speakers have difficulty distinguishing French /u/ and /y/, which could lead to telling a lecturer they have a beautiful behind

(‘beau cul’)

  • Many English-speakers find it difficult to form questions correctly in French

How?

  • Demonstrations of how to form these sounds and how they differ
  • Demonstrations of the grammar of French questions
  • Targeted exercises
  • Integration of one linguistic point per real-life situation unit
project phase 1 consultation
Project phase 1 - Consultation
  • Surveys currently going on:
  • Difficulties identified so far:
  • Phone conversations
  • Slang / daily vocabulary and conversations
  • Accents
  • Correspondence
  • CVs and covering letters
  • Cultural differences / clichés
  • Supermarket and daily life
  • Healthcare
  • Education systems
  • Opening a bank account

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 objective
Long-term objective
  • 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 if you have students going to a francophone country!

Thank you!

sandra.salin@newcastle.ac.uk

damien.hall@newcastle.ac.uk