Reflections and Practices
This volume of thematic studies offers multifaceted interpretations of education for sustainable and solidary development (ESSD). It is a joint work of academics, teachers and researchers covering the domain of education from the perspective of economy, social sciences, language studies, communication and pedagogy. The authors propose a range of reflections and empirical studies which refer to: various means and methods for an effective teaching/learning process; transversal skills related to ESSD; and the importance of financial resources and quality assurance in education. The unitary and original endeavour of this volume establishes a common meeting point for devising up-to-date methods and practices across disciplines, with a view to supporting sustainable and solidary education.
Pedagogical and Intercultural Challenges of the AUF International Master’s Programme Didactique des langues (Cristiana Teodorescu)
Pedagogical and Intercultural Challenges of the AUF International Master’s Programme Didactique des langues
Abstract: In 2013, BECO-AUF (Bureau Europe Centrale et Orientale-Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) proposed the organisation of an international master’s programme Didactique des langues, pursuant to an analysis of French language being taught in 17 departments of Central and Eastern Europe. The findings outlined major legislative, institutional and academic differences between the university systems in BECO–affiliated countries. These findings resulted in the need to train a new generation of French language teachers and AUF proposed an ambitious project: a master’s programme jointly organized by four universities: Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris 3), University of Geneva, University of Craiova, Politehnica University of Bucharest), with students from Central and Eastern Europe. Our research question deals with how one can work with a heterogeneous, highly diverse audience, with different cultural and academic backgrounds. What teaching methods to choose in order to work with such audience, which is frequently unequal in terms of initial training? We propose a presentation and an analysis of the methods used with students in the AUF master’s programme, in order to facilitate group cohesion, intercommunication, intercultural opening and the acquisition of new innovative methods for teaching French language.
Keywords: foreign language teaching, interculturality, teaching strategies, transversal skills.
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