The FLE department is particularly concerned about intercultural aspects because the students we receive come from different countries and work in multicultural groups in their courses. Throughout the year, we act as an interface between the students and their new educational, cultural and social environment.
As part of our training, the students meet each year for shared educational activities, organised by our team of FLE teachers.
The FLE department also has links with the Club Théâtre français (French Theatre Club), the BDE (Students' Office) and actively participates in the group Vivre l’international à l’école (Living Internationally at School) which organises courses, workshops and multilingual and intercultural activities throughout the year. It also takes advantage of the rich Parisian environment in which the school is located to participate in activities such as the European Heritage Days, visits to the Musée des Arts et Métiers, night visits to the Louvre, etc.
Excerpts from the presentation by Wenjie, Maria, Halina on “Food and drink: a cultural link between countries” with the examples of China, France, Peru and Russia
In the spring of 2010, our students participated in a photo competition entitled “Seeing Paris through the eyes of foreign students”. The goal was to illustrate the following five adjectives through photos taken in Paris: Parisian, surprising, funny, delicious, shocking, and then write a caption for each photo. The students gathered for the final judging by a jury composed of the school’s professors, and the winning photos were exhibited. This allows all of Télécom ParisTech’s staff and students to look at Paris in a new way, through the eyes of its foreign students.
For several years, we have shared an educational tasting activity based on Epiphany. Through a quiz and a film, our foreign students discover Epiphany as it is celebrated in France, before enjoying a traditional galette and sharing traditions from their own countries.
From 2006 to 2008, in collaboration with the school’s library, the FLE department participated in French Language and Francophonie Week. A prize was awarded to a foreign non-francophone student having written a text based on a selection of ten words.
The « Dis-moi dix mots » (Tell me ten words) operation offers students who love French language chance to play with words and express their creativity. Every year, a topic and ten words are chosen by France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (French speaking counrties organization), which has 70 member States around the world.