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Tempus Project Kick-off meeting Tyumen State University March 3-5 2014. Université of Caen Contribution to «  Developing the Teaching of European Languages : Modernising Language Teaching through the development of blended Masters Programmes ». Pierre Larrivée.

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pierre larriv e

Tempus Project Kick-off meeting

Tyumen State University

March 3-5 2014

Université of CaenContribution to « Developingthe Teaching of EuropeanLanguages: ModernisingLanguageTeachingthrough the development of blendedMasters Programmes »

Pierre Larrivée

universit of caen presentation

Université of CaenPresentation

One of the oldestuniversities in the world, foundedtwice (1432 by Henry V of England and 1437 by Charles VII of France), with an Arts Schoolsince 1437

2h from Paris, 5h from London

Nearly 25k students – 3.8k foreignstudents

1.6k teaching staff – 237mi overall budget

18 Schools – 7 Departments in the School of Social Sciences, out of whichLinguistics

universit of caen didactics s ome key facts

Université of CaenDidactics – Somekeyfacts

Teaching French as A Second Languagecreated as early as 1982, at BA, MSc and PhDlevels in the LinguisticsDepartment

Host to externalcultural and language services (OFNEC - France-Norway Agency, the Open University, RussianDept)

Site of the national BELC meetings for 20 years

SummerSchoolDidactique et Langues kicked off in 2013

As a new incarnation of the CEFE (Centre for the Teaching of French to Foreigner), Creationof the UniversityLanguage Center in 2012 (Carré International), stronglylinked to the LinguisticsDepartment

Creation in 2013 of a BSccertificate for TFSL to Adult Migrants

universit of caen didactics ethos

Université of CaenDidactics - Ethos

Based on the analysis of the needs of the learners

Focused on linguistic(s) dimensions (phonological and morphosyntacticanalysisskills)

Strenghts in

Academicwriting as a means to integrateforeignstudents

Pragmaticsskills (register and interaction)

Teaching methodologies and teaching materials and technologies (ITC)

Teaching practice encouraged through internships available to students Research culture developed through research papers, thesis and

attendance to CRISCO conferences and workshops

crisco presentation

- Createdin 2000

  • - Research centre
  • - 23 full members, 18 associatemembers, 15 PhDstudents
  • - 3 main researchstrands, one of whichbeingdidactics of language
  • Strenghts
  • - density of thematiccohesion on interpretation of grammarwithspecialreference to French and English
  • - Important institutionnalinterdisciplinary collaboration (ForeignLanguages, History, Computing Sciences)
  • - Tight network of international relations (ILF, Ghent, Neuchâtel ; seminarseries and international conferences – Stanford, Yale, Quebec City, Reykjavik, Tel Aviv)
  • - Mechanismsintegratingresearch and MSc/ teaching
  • - Important production of appliedlanguageanalysistoolswith social impact and industrialdissemination

CRISCO - Presentation



  • Pierre Larrivée
  • PhD on semantics of grammar in French ;
  • Professor of Linguistics and Didactics of French
  • Director of the CRISCO research center
  • Co-chair of the LinguisticsDepartement
  •  Director of Studies of the the Teaching French as a Second LanguageMSc programme
  •  Methodology and TeachingFrench as a Second Language modules in the MSc, and MSc dissertation supervision
  • Daria Toussaint
  • PhD on Chinesegrammar ;
  • Lecturerintheuniversitylanguagecenter;
  • Coordinator of the CRISCO didacticsresearchstrand ;
  • Director of Studiesat the universitylanguagecenter;
  • TeachingFrench as a Second Language modules in the MSc, and MSc dissertation supervision
  • AnnePrunet
  •  PhD on the sociolinguisticvariationofFrenchthroughthemediumofliterature;
  •  JuniorLecturerintheuniversitylanguagecenter;
  • AppliedTeaching French as a Second Language modules in the MSc, and MSc dissertation supervision
principal involvement of the caen team in the project

Principal involvement of the Caen team in the project

Main roles in the project

1. coordinate the development and implementation of the disseminationstrategy;

Question : which group are wetargetting, and withwhich media?

principal involvement of the caen team in the project1

Principal involvement of the Caen team in the project

Main roles in the project

2. overseelaunch of websites and promotethe projectin France;

the projectwebsitelaunched by Dec 2014 in order

to cover the progress and positive results of the project

activity reports; trainers’ network;

relation to teachers’ on-line resources

principal involvement of the caen team in the project2

Principal involvement of the Caen team in the project

  • Main roles in the project
  • 3. organizationof the summativeconference(March 2017?)
  • presentation of national projects
  • summary of recommendations
  • publications on the projectrelatedissues
  • research-based and research-elicitingproposals
    • presentationson projectresults and papers on languagelearning
other involvement of the caen team in the project

Otherinvolvement of the Caen team in the project

Further actions of the organisation in the project

Lead on development of MA materials, according to expertise;

Oversee information gathering on teachereducationpolicy and practice in France;

Contribute to the development of methodology for MA programme;

Contribute to teacher training programme and MA programme;

Advise on setting up of the e-learning platform and the on-line resource for teachers;

Contributeto the piloting and implementation of the MA programme for French teachers;

Preparepresentations on projectresults and promoteprojectwebsites in France;

Prepare and submitfinancial and narrative reports;

Contribute to trainer network;

Foster internationalisation by development of new projects.



 Non-ledcontributions to the project

Paramount importance for WP leaders to provideadvancesignposting

Difficulties in travelling to PCs



 Financial organisation

Fundingtransfer, management (identity and rigidity of fundingheadings?

Availability of administrative support) and reporting: Financial management and reportingoperated by the CRISCO (Liliane Docquiert), overseen by the Schoolof Social Sciences (UFR Sciences de l’Homme, Noëlle Gambey) withtechnical assistance from Noémie Larrouilh (CI)

Followingnorms to beprovided by Aston ?



  • Blended Master deliverable
  • Degree of anchoragewith home institution?
  • Leading to a diploma?
  • Challenges : verycomplexinstitutional and national approvalprocess; financialsustainabilityissues. An alternative MOOC model?
that s all folks

That’s all, folks!