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1 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Language and culture

2 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Outline Introduction Predominance of 3 languages in Europe Languages in French schools Languages and business Conclusion

3 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Introduction Language = symbolic communication system Culture = “way of life for an entire society” Notion of “native speakers” Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

4 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Predominance of 3 languages in Europe Total proportion of European citizens speaking each language in the EU (as mother tongue or as foreign language) Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

5 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Predominance of 3 languages in Europe Languages the most useful besides one’s mother tongue Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

6 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Predominance of 3 languages in Europe Half of Europe is multilingual The most taught languages in Europe are : - English (learned by 26% of non- anglophone primary pupils) - French (learned by 4% of non- francophone primary pupils) Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

7 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Languages in French schools Compulsory From the age of 8 Attempt from the French “Education Nationale” to introduce languages as an access to culture Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

8 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Languages in French schools However, parents and pupils have a different point of view : languages do not allow the knowledge of a culture Languages allow people to move “upper class” and to improve one’s professional opportunities Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

9 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Languages and business How do native speakers act during negotiations?  they usually rely on fixed or pre-fixed expressions, because : - everybody understands, including non-native speakers - everybody can concentrate on the meaning of the negotiation Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

10 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Languages and business How can knowing a foreign language help in one’s career? - rapid expansion of businesses - globalisation - no communication barriers Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

11 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Languages and business How can knowing a foreign language help in one’s career? - increasing demand for linguistically skilled people - help in understanding documents - tool for job security and advancement in the workplace Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

12 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Conclusion Most people are flattered when one tries to speak their native language Be careful with the polite and the familiar forms of address Do not try translating everything Introduction – Predominance of 3 languages – Languages in French schools – Languages and business – Conclusion

13 ADAMS Adeline – M2 RET /13 Thank you for your attention


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