n French Studies in Southern Africa - Répertoires pluriels et apprentissage du français langue étrangère en Afrique du Sud : perspectives didactiques et sociales : éléments pour une didactique sud-africaine de la pluralité

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



This paper raises the question of the role and status of French in the composite plural repertoire of tertiary level students in today's South Africa. We argue that including French activates the individual dynamics of plurilingual and pluricultural competence, enhancing overall language capacities and skills which become available for use in different social situations and contexts. Beyond these functional advantages, we argue that this plurilingual perspective is of importance for social cohesion as it contributes potentially to the broader humanistic aims of a plurilingual and intercultural education. The way students in different situations and contexts use their different languages to learn French provides important opportunities for furthering empirical research into plurilingualism as a phenomenon and may shed light on the great diversity of means and strategies involved.

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