Writing History in the Voice of an Other: Debyser's Immeuble at the Advanced Level
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2010
© 2010 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 190–215, Summer 2010
How to Cite
Péron, M. (2010), Writing History in the Voice of an Other: Debyser's Immeuble at the Advanced Level. Foreign Language Annals, 43: 190–215. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2010.01074.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2010
- global simulation;
- project-based learning;
- writing project
Abstract: This article presents a writing project whose primary goal is the development of linguistic, cross-cultural, and meta-cognitive competencies through the study of a dark episode in French history—the German Occupation. Students create personas who all lived in the same building in 1939 and write their memoirs 60 years later. Following a brief description of global simulation, I present an outline of the project and student commentaries to provide empirical evidence of the value of narratives in foreign language learning to create a collaborative community of active learners.