A task instruction for the theme VOYAGE (travel) from among the 14 themes of the eTandem Chinese-French course is provided here. It is in 3 versions: traditional Chinese, French and simplified Chinese.
There are 3 tasks :
- Describe a travel experience according to the proposed questions/hints in target language.
- Discuss around the two questions: What should be paid attention to when traveling? What does travel bring us? The students must use their target language alternatively for a given time (20 minutes). It is in this part that students interact with each other in target languages. Issues of cultural awareness and cultural exchange are involved.
- Summarize the exchange in mother tongue and post in the forum. It is an asynchronous task that allows students to reflect on what has been going on during the oral exchange and put it in text for their partners. The students' benefits are : reflecting on the exchange (mediation in mother language), reading the authentic summaries written by native speakers, distinguishing oral language and written language, and commenting the exchange.
Please see the attached PDF file of several screen shots of the VOYAGE forum message.
This eTandem Chinese-French course was designed and implemented by Claudia BERGER and Jue WANG-SZILAS. It involves second-year A2-B1Chinese major students from the Chinese Unity of the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Chinese Department of INALCO (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, joined the project in October 2012), France, and the second-year A2-B1 French major students from the French Department of Hubei University, China.
The exchange was initiated in 2009 with a pilot project and was launched on a bigger scale from 2010. As an exchange between two distant languages, the pedagogical scenario has been done very carefully and each step went on based on the analytical result of the previous. The course is now integrated in Chine Web II, the blended Chinese language programme of the Chinese unity of the University of Geneva (created by Claudia BERGER). The course is credited since 2011, while the " normalisation" is under procedure in Hubei University.
The objectives of the course are to provide the students an opportunity to practise their target language with native speakers so as to develop their communicative competences and intercultural competence as defined by The Common European Framework of Reference for Language: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR), as well as to develop students' learner autonomy through guided learning.