FR 352 - French Language in Context: Independent Abroad II
This class explores practical themes connected to the French way of life, involving the student’s capability to understand oral and written messages in everyday situations, but also to express his or her opinions about more abstract themes. Five competencies will be enhanced: grammar, listening comprehension, reading, vocabulary and intercultural communication, so as to assimilate easily in a French speaking setting. The course will privilege communication skills. Research has demonstrated that study abroad can enhance every aspect of language ability. One of the most important general findings of this research is, however, that study abroad is most beneficial for the development of abilities related to social interaction. Students who go abroad are able to learn how to produce language in a variety of situations, such as the making of requests, the use of compliments and apologies, and they also may develop skills to interpret such interactions within the local cultural context… In short, and logically, study abroad has been show to enhance the aspects of communicative competence that are most difficult to foster in classroom settings (IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, p. 6).