n French Studies in Southern Africa - Identité bilingue et compétence personnalisé

Volume 2004, Issue 33
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



The present reflection was inspired by a group project recently carried out at Poznan University and dealing with improving the command of foreign oral communication through autonomy. The bi or plurilingual identity is treated as the spring board for the development of the personalized (i.e. custom-made) competence. We will propose a rationale for the claim that diversified types of competence in L2 correspond to the differences in the aims and personal theories about the nature of foreign language competence. The argument will refer to the studies in the endolingual, i.e. L1 communication and the intercultural domain.

In the final and practical part of the paper, we will present the general pedagogical strategy concerning the discussed problems. This approach, grounded on cooperation with the learner, aims at developing their metacognitive awareness and the skills of an "enlightened" observation.

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