n French Studies in Southern Africa - L'écriture de soi pour promouvoir l'interculturel en classe de FLE : « les racines en Afrique, les feuilles sur l'univers » : éléments pour une didactique sud-africaine de la pluralité

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



This study investigates the promotion of intercultural skills through the introduction of writings of an autobiographical nature in university curricula for French as a foreign language (FLE) in South Africa. The author's hypothesis is that the study of such texts can promote a deeper understanding of other cultures, as well as mutual respect and sensitivity for values necessary for the construction of democratic societies. The article proposes a course developed for third year students of French in South Africa, that is also aligned with the outcomes formulated by the (CECR) for levels B1 and B2. A discussion and motivation of the proposed methodology is provided. The course is based on the study of two specific texts, i.e. by the Senagalese author Ken Bugul, and by the Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb. Activities for the classroom, designed to create an intercultural awareness are provided in an annex.

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