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Heterogeneity, diversity and differentiated teaching : a focus on multi-level learners in foreign-language classes

Abstract : All Foreign language classrooms are very heterogeneous, especially at the university, regarding the age of the students but also their profiles, goals, languages, cultures, and their levels in the foreign language. In this case, the teacher may propose a differenciated teaching in order to answer the different needs. But teaching in this type of context is a big challenge. Indeed, teachers may spend a lot of time building several learning programs before, during and after the class, without having enough time, being sometimes frustrated because of the several levels in the same class. Nonetheless, heterogeneity means also diversity, which, far from always proving to be an obstacle to be overcome, is very rich both for the learner and for the teacher. How to differentiate then? With what supports? What steps? How to highlight diversity? How does the heterogeneous context contribute to developing the plurilingual and intercultural competence of the learners? The conference will deal with this problematic of heterogeneity vs diversity in a didactic methodological approach by questioning the teaching act in the heterogeneous context of foreign language classrooms. Goals • Reflect on the challenges of differentiation applied to the field of Foreign language teaching • Develop our lessons (resources, methods, supports) taking into account the heterogeneity of the groups (in terms of knowledge, needs and university / professional projects) • Create tools to differentiate or adapt existing tools
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Catherine David. Heterogeneity, diversity and differentiated teaching : a focus on multi-level learners in foreign-language classes. Ecole thématique, Feb 2020, Brno, Mazarik Université, Czech Republic. ⟨hal-02480325⟩

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