What Are the Best Forms and Necessary Conditions to Enable Exchange or Direct Contact for the Largest Number of School Children?

A study of the conditions for successful exchange based on perceptions and experiences for future teachers of foreign languages/cultures in compulsory schools
Project management

Susanne Wokusch, Rosanna Margonis-Pasinetti (HEP Vaud)

01.2017 - 12.2019
Didactics, Interaction, Teaching

Despite the acknowledged benefit of language (and cultural) exchange at all school levels, the promotion of this instrument has had limited impact on exchanges actually conducted. The organisation and preparation of exchange and contact opportunities requires a considerable amount of extra work on the part of teachers; for them to consent to taking on such an effort, strong convictions and high motivation as well as institutional support are required.

The first part of the project focuses on better understanding how stays and experiences of exchanges or contacts contribute to the learners’ personal attitudes and positive perceptions of the languages taught. The second part of the project foresees the development of a large roster of exchange activities; the teachers (in training) then assess the activities in order to determine which forms of contact (or exchange) are of greatest interest.