From April, the 18 to May, the 1, the participants of the project Jean Monnet PolidEU worked on module 5 "The values of multiculturalism and language policy of the EU and the member states" (Valeurs du milticulturalisme et la politique linguistique de l’UE et de ses pays-membres).
The module had several learning objectives:
■ to examine the concept of multiculturalism as one of the fundamental values of the EU;
■ to analyze the principles and objectives of the EU language policy;
■ to identify the reasons for conflict between the provisions of EU language policy and its members and legal mechanisms to overcome the discrepancies.
These aspects were covered during the lecture. The project work in the framework of the module was carried out by the students of the 3d year "Theory and methodology of foreign language teaching" as the topics discussed were relevant for their field of training and professional interests. They carried out the research on the following subjects:
Foreign Language Teaching: principles and key measures in the light of the EU official documents (L’enseignement des langues а l’Union Européenne : principes et pratiques clés а travers la documentation officielle). This project was prepared by Marina Taranzhina. In her presentation, the student cited the provisions of the EU founding treaties, defining the principles of language policy. She analyzed the implementation of the language policy tools (language passport of the citizen of the EU, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, etc.).
Mobility programs as a mechanism for the implementation of language policy (Les programmes de mobilité comme outils de la mise en oeuvre de la politique linguistique). The project was completed by Catherine Derkach who previously participated in several mobility programs in the EU countries. Catherine spoke about main mobility programs (Erasmus +, Tempus, Babel, etc.) and evaluated their effectiveness in improving the employment prospects of young people and fostering the European identity.
The language policy of the EU and of the Russian Federation: a comparative analysis (Politique linguistique européenne et russe : analyse contrastive). The project work was carried out by students Nelly Dry and Margarita Komarova. After analyzing the history of the European language policy, as well as the position of the Russian language in the world the students concluded that the Russian Federation does not conduct a systematic language policy, and could use the experience of the EU to improve its effectiveness.
In their feedback the PolidEU project participants noted that in some cases they analyzed more sources than teachers had suggested and were highly motivated to discover relevant information independently.
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