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L'image de la langue et de la civilisation françaises au sein de l'éducation nationale italienne : les représentations des acteurs du FLE des établissements scolaires de Modène

Abstract : Title: The image of French language and culture in Italian school. Representations of teachers and students (survey in Modena).Summary: Several studies have long shown the influence that the representation of a language, of a country, and of its people can have on those who are studying that language in terms of their attitude towards it, their motivation, their willingness to enter a different state of mind and language. This dissertation, which will trace the meaning and features of the concept of representation, originates from a deep need to provide an answer to a firsthand experience as a teacher of French as a foreign language in the secondary school: during the three years spent working in schools of different types, I started to wonder why most of the students I met knew the language very poorly and, most of all, knew hardly anything about the country whose language they were studying. Is this a common problem amongst students of FFL? Why do they seem to have the same lack of knowledge as their peers who are not studying French? In the present work I will first describe the history of the Italian system, and the events that characterized FFL teaching in the past. A broad section will focus on how foreign language teaching became a discipline. This investigation will concern students and teachers from the Province of Modena, Northern Italy, and it will include schools of very different types and backgrounds. What are the students' and teachers' representations in a territory like Northern Italy? A territory as thoroughly influenced by France as to have a dialect very much like the French language? What is the scenario, when French language teaching is about? Which are its strength and weaknesses? To answer these questions I asked 896 students 36 teachers to fill in a questionnaire composed of yes - no, open-ended, and multiple choice questions, free association games, suggested drawings, picture recognition activities and description of personal opinions and experiences. The analysis of these results will help me go deeper into these topics, answer some questions and humbly suggest some possible solutions.Keywords: sociolinguistic representations - stereotypes - motivation - languages attitudes - teaching - French as a foreign language - secondary school - teachers - student
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Chiara Grenzi. L'image de la langue et de la civilisation françaises au sein de l'éducation nationale italienne : les représentations des acteurs du FLE des établissements scolaires de Modène. Linguistique. Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier III; Università degli studi (Bologne, Italie), 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014MON30061⟩. ⟨tel-01137678⟩

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