Apprentissage des langues en contexte scolaire : l’agir ensemble en cycle 3 dans le cadre de projets d’échanges à distance franco-britanniques

Abstract : Today, the pedagogy of distance exchange projects based on mediated digital communication tools allows new insights into the ability of young learners with minimal competence in the target language to interact at a distance with young speakers of that language. Situated within a social constructivist and interactionist framework, the study investigates the potential of exchange projects and how they develop according to the people and resources available. Based on observations of four Franco-British partnership projects undertaken in upper primary school (ages 7-10) over one year, it investigates pupils’ learning of English or French through reciprocal exchange projects. It also seeks to identify the participants’ initial project designs and intentions (through questionnaires and interviews). The results of what transpires through the joint activities of teachers and students are examined (various data collection means were employed according to action research protocol). The data analysis follows two main hypotheses: one directed towards the social dimension of (student) exchanges and the other towards the impact on language learning. Organizational variables, as well as technical-educational, psychological and institutional variables are thus examined. Numerous characteristics of the projects observed emerged including: pupils’ taking responsibility for their learning, diversity of language production and language skills involved, coherence between the activities and the established social ties and evidence of metacognitive and metalinguistic reflection. These lead to consideration of the ways in which situated learn-ing and action foster collaboration and empowerment.
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Anne Choffat-Dürr. Apprentissage des langues en contexte scolaire : l’agir ensemble en cycle 3 dans le cadre de projets d’échanges à distance franco-britanniques. Linguistique. Université de Lorraine, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014LORR0326⟩. ⟨tel-01751795⟩

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