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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

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Invitation to submit previously unpublished manuscripts on the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language for a special issue of Crisolenguas (volume 3, no 1), the Multilingual Electronic Journal of the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. This special issue follows up on the 2nd International Conference on the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico 29 Feb-2 March 2012 (http://humanidades.uprrp.edu/lenguas).

The volume will be published simultaneously online by Crisolenguas and by the Association Internationale des Études Québécoises (AIEQ).

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Fields of interest: Second and foreign language acquisition and pedagogy of French phonetics, phonology, morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics, use of technology in the classroom, teaching of French and Francophone literature, film and culture, sociolinguistics and language contact.
Requirements: articles must be previously unpublished manuscripts and not submitted to other journals. Length of articles: no longer than 20 pages, double-spaced, notes and bibliography included. Font: Times New Roman 12.

Format: Please follow the guidelines of the Presses de l'Université du Québec: http://www.puq.ca/formulaires/normes-presentation-manuscrits.pdf.

Send an electronic copy of your manuscript in Word format, with your name, affiliation and title of the manuscript on a separate cover page. Please send manuscripts and address all inquiries to ColloqueFLE@yahoo.com.

Editor in Chief:

Françoise Ghillebaert (Universidad de Puerto Rico)

Guest Editors:

Agnes Bosch (Universidad de Puerto Rico)
Patrick-André Mather (Universidad de Puerto Rico)
Linda de Serres (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)

APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS : Le Département de langues étrangères de l'Université de Porto Rico lance un appel à contributions pour un numéro spécial (volume 3, n° 1) de la revue électronique multilingue Crisolenguas, consacré à l'enseignement du français langue étrangère (FLE). Ce numéro thématique s'inscrit dans la suite du 2e Colloque international sur l'enseignement du FLE, qui s'est tenu à San Juan, Porto Rico du 29 février au 2 mars 2012 (http://humanidades.uprrp.edu/lenguas). Ce volume sera publié en ligne simultanément par Crisolenguas et par l'Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ).

Les manuscrits doivent parvenir au comité de rédaction au plus tard le 15 novembre 2012.

Domaines d'intérêt : acquisition et didactique de la phonétique, de la phonologie, de la morphosyntaxe, de la sémantique et de la pragmatique du français langue seconde et étrangère, l'intégration des nouvelles technologies dans l'enseignement, les représentations culturelles et les aspects sociolinguistiques de l'enseignement du FLE, et les contacts interlinguistiques.

Normes de rédaction : Les auteurs sont invités à soumettre des manuscrits inédits et n'ayant pas été présentés à d'autres publications. Longueur maximale : 20 pages à interligne double, y compris les notes et la bibliographie. Police : Times New Roman 12.

Les auteurs sont priés de suivre les normes de présentation des manuscrits des Presses de l'Université du Québec : http://www.puq.ca/formulaires/normes-presentation-manuscrits.pdf.

Veuillez envoyer une copie électronique de votre texte en format Word, en indiquant votre nom, affiliation universitaire et le titre du manuscrit sur une page séparée, à l'adresse suivante : ColloqueFLE@yahoo.com