The authenticity of resources for the teaching of foreign languages and cultures in France: variable geometry notion

Authors

  • Aurélie Beauné Université Paris Descartes
  • Margaret Bento Université Paris Descartes
  • Estelle Riquois Université Paris Descartes

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21344/iartem.v7i3.740

Keywords:

foreign languages, didactics, authentic, adapted, resources, materials

Abstract

In France, in the 1970s, a new methodology for the teaching of foreign languages and cultures emerged called “communicative”, generating an evolution of textbooks and classroom practices. The notion of the authentic document, from a French
perspective, asserted itself during this time as pivotal in these developments. It would, thereafter, play an important role in the discourse of didacticians and practitioners.
An examination of the history of the notion of authentic document for the teaching/learning of foreign languages and cultures leads to the finding of a redefinition of practitioners' and students' activities, hinged on these evolving methodologies. What
is more, discussions around the notion of authenticity invite the consideration of parallels with concepts whose uses extend to the educational sciences, namely those of artifact and instrument.

Author Biographies

Aurélie Beauné, Université Paris Descartes

Dr. Aurélie Beauné is a temporary lecturer in language sciences, Paris Descartes University. Her PhD deals with instrumented practices for migrant training.

Margaret Bento, Université Paris Descartes

Dr. Margaret Bento is a Professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Paris Descartes University in France. She specialises in educational approaches to French as a Foreign Language.

Estelle Riquois, Université Paris Descartes

Dr. Estelle Riquois is an associate professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Paris Descartes University in France. She specialises in the teaching of reading and studying teaching materials used by teachers of French as a Foreign Language.

Published

2015-12-17

How to Cite

Beauné, A., Bento, M., & Riquois, E. (2015). The authenticity of resources for the teaching of foreign languages and cultures in France: variable geometry notion. IARTEM E-Journal, 7(3), 1-24. https://doi.org/10.21344/iartem.v7i3.740

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