"Excuse my Misunderstanding": Using Intercultural Approach to teach English as a Foreign Language in France

Stella Anne Achieng
27 5

Abstract


In France, the intercultural approach has been largely associated with teaching French as a Foreign language due to the multicultural and multilingual nature of the classes. There is very little research on the use of such an approach in teaching English as a Foreign language. This is due to the fact that the majority, if not all the students,  share a similar culture and common linguistic codes.  The intercultural experience, in that case, is encountered through the English program as presented by the teacher, who in most cases is also French. This paper examines the use of the intercultural approach in teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to French learners (middle school /university students) by a foreign teacher and the consideration of social representations (stereotypes) as a strategy to develop classroom participation in verbal communication. It discusses theoretical understanding of the intercultural approach and how this approach could be used in practice by drawing examples from the teacher and the learners' experiences. Data was collected through participatory observations and questioning. The research findings will show that using social representations as a strategy in intercultural approach can be instrumental to the development of verbal communication.


Keywords


Intercultural approach, Verbal communication, English as a foreign language, Reflexivity, Stereotypes

Full Text:

PDF

References


Achieng, S. A. (2021). "Excuse my misunderstanding": Using intercultural approach to teach English as a foreign language in France. International Journal on Social and Education Sciences (IJonSES), 3(4), 696-709. https://doi.org/10.46328/ijonses.230




DOI: https://doi.org/10.46328/ijonses.230

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2021 International Journal on Social and Education Sciences

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Abstracting/Indexing


 

 


     


  

International Journal on Social and Education Sciences (IJonSES) - ISSN: 2688-7061


affiliated with

International Society for Technology, Education and Science (ISTES)

www.istes.org


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.