This course adopts an all-embracing approach regarding foreign language (FL) learning.
The role of the course instructors is to:
To this end, various methodologies, materials, techniques, activities, tasks, games, etc. will be used to involve the students in and imbibe them with this all-embracing, ever-present concept of learning. While it is now generally accepted by educationalists that each student has her/his own relationship with the language she/he is learning, the emphasis of the lessons is to make each student aware of this individual particularity, so that each can work out the best way for them to view, encounter and continue learning the FL.
The instructors will assume that upon entry to the university, students already possess knowledge about the language (structures, grammar, vocabulary, etc.). Their role will be to ensure that the students learn to reflect on their knowledge of the FL and monitor how they use it so that they can perform effectively, both orally and in writing.
During the semester, the instructors will involve the students and invite them to improvise and react spontaneously in language learning situations and in this way increase their alertness to language use.
While much of what will be used in the lessons will be based on descriptive and narrative texts, along with comparing and contrasting, the course will lay the foundations for applying the principles to higher language learning and academic writing.
Limit of absences set for this course: 5
Written final exam: 60% of the final total
Written home or in-class assignments: 20% of the final total
Oral presentation(s) - In-class participation: 20% of the final total