Thursday 16 May
P R E S E N T A T I O N
“Teaching Foreign Languages in a Multicultural Environment – a Communicative Approach“,
Ms. Elena Museanu, Romanian-American University, Romania
Ms. Ana Istrate, Romanian-American University, Romania
Time: 15.00 – 15.45
Description: The challenges of teaching foreign languages in the current higher education system is characterized by continuous changes in the social and economic development of certain areas of the world, but also by the migration process. The direct result of globalization and internationalization of the education system, prompted foreign language teachers towards the implementation of modern and customized teaching methods, viable in a multicultural environment. The study highlights the importance of cultural differences and similarities in foreign language learning. Starting from a profile analysis of international students enrolled with the Foundation Year of Language at the Romanian-American University in Bucharest we will discuss the challenges we cope with, as professors, the difficulties they encounter in the new language acquisition as well as the importance of ethnic and racial assimilation, in class. The final aim is to outline a model of the successful multicultural class, in order to improve students academic performance.