CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES AND TABOOS IN THE CLASSROOM. Teaching Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower in an Intermediate English Language Course

by Fabienne Muller

The aim of this thesis is to deal with controversial issues in an intermediate English language class. The focus lies on finding ways to integrate taboo topics in the curriculum and on making them accessible for the students, using The Perks of Being a Wallflower as a vehicle for this. The first part analyzes, on the one hand, education in general in Luxembourg, as well as the role of the teacher. On the other hand, it considers Paulo Freire’s concept of democratic education with all...
jeudi 6 août 2015/Number of views (5591)/Comments (0)/

Teaching English to Digital Natives - Harnessing the power of social networks andInformation and Communication Technology (ICT)

by Anne Catherine Scheer

In September 2011, facebook claimed to have reached “more than 800 million active users”. At fixed times throughout the week I meet about 100 of them: they are my students. For them, as much as for me, the use of social networks and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become an integral part of our daily lives. A considerable part of the world population follows its innate need and desire for connectedness in this way, living out its primal tendency as a gregarious...
vendredi 12 juin 2015/Number of views (6155)/Comments (0)/

ASPECTS OF THE ACQUISITION OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE IN THE LUXEMBOURGISH SCHOOL SYSTEM

by Francisca Rocha Monteiro

The principal aim of this project was to develop a greater understanding of how second language acquisition (SLA) differs from first language acquisition (FLA), and how this affects the attainment of English in Luxembourgish schools. In order to achieve this goal we decided to observe language production by students in their first year of English and subsequently determine to what extend the mother tongue or other previously acquired languages influence their English performance. In...
jeudi 11 juin 2015/Number of views (5955)/Comments (0)/

ASPECTS OF THE ACQUISITION OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE IN THE LUXEMBOURGISH SCHOOL SYSTEM

by Christopher Savage

The principal aim of this project was to develop a greater understanding of how second language acquisition (SLA) differs from first language acquisition (FLA), and how this affects the attainment of English in Luxembourgish schools. In order to achieve this goal we decided to observe language production by students in their first year of English and subsequently determine to what extend the mother tongue or other previously acquired languages influence their English performance....
jeudi 11 juin 2015/Number of views (5854)/Comments (0)/
Tags: english

Critical Tweeting in the Classroom - Conducting research, sharing results and creating a knowledge base through ICT

by Luc Huberty

Research objectives   The idea behind the proposed topic for a travail de candidature revolves around making productive use of modern-day informatics technology in- and outside the traditional classroom environment. As technology has become an integral part of a teenage learner’s life, often accompanying the student from the moment they wake up until the end of the day, the question arises whether and how IT could make a meaningful contribution towards allowing a learner to...
mardi 9 juin 2015/Number of views (6255)/Comments (0)/

I Guess I am a Good Enough Daughter

by Marie-Anne Dentzer

In my thesis I discuss the mother-daughter relationships in a number of graphic memoirs by women, published predominantly in the last decade. The decision to look at the medium of the graphic memoir/novel is based on its distinctiveness, that the combination of word and image offers a rich and complex area for analysis, and the rapidly increasing importance of the graphic novel in English. This latter point includes a shift from subculture to mainstream which links with the time period...
mercredi 1 avril 2015/Number of views (4975)/Comments (0)/

“Are You Watching Closely?” The Representation of the Spectacular in Neo-Victorian Literature.

by Anne-Marie Dentzer

In my thesis I discuss the representation of the spectacle (circus and the music hall) and magic in neo-Victorian literature, juxtaposing reality to fiction, and traditional Victorian literature to neo-Victorian fiction. The themes of magic, spiritualism and entertainment have been quite popular in recent publications and my thesis mainly deals with the following neo-Victorian novels: Angela Carter’s, Nights at the Circus, Christopher Priest’s, The Prestige, Erin...
mercredi 1 avril 2015/Number of views (5625)/Comments (0)/

Critical Tweeting in the Classroom

by Luc Huberty

Research objectives The idea behind the proposed topic for a travail de candidature revolves around making productive use of modern-day informatics technology in- and outside the traditional classroom environment. As technology has become an integral part of a teenage learner’s life, often accompanying the student from the moment they wake up until the end of the day, the question arises whether and how IT could make a meaningful contribution towards allowing a learner to acquire...
vendredi 12 décembre 2014/Number of views (5657)/Comments (0)/
Tags: Tweeting

THE USE OF ART IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING - DEVELOPING LEARNERS' RECEPTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE SKILLS BY ENGAGING WITH MASTERPIECES FROM CLASSICAL TO MODERN ART

by Philippe Havé

Visual language is a very important means of communication in the modern media society. The importance of photographs, for instance, has increased enormously over the last century. Given the significance of visual communication in real life, this thesis examines the role of visual material, and especially the visual arts, in English language teaching (ELT). Since it deals with films, photographs and paintings in the English classroom, the thesis also integrates findings and theories from the...
vendredi 12 décembre 2014/Number of views (5940)/Comments (0)/

Teaching English to Digital Natives - Harnessing the power of social networks and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

by Anne Catherine Scheer

In September 2011, facebook claimed to have reached "more than 800 million active users1". At fixed times throughout the week I meet about 100 of them: they are my students. For them, as much as for me, the use of social networks and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become an integral part of our daily lives. A considerable part of the world population follows its innate need and desire for connectedness in this way, living out its primal tendency as a gregarious being to...
jeudi 11 décembre 2014/Number of views (4578)/Comments (0)/

Empathy in the Making: How social cognition can be fostered in learning disabled students through the use of Gestalt oriented practices

by Sybille Blitgen

This study argues that today’s learning disabilities largely stem from social and environmental causes, which are very often neglected in our schools to such an extent that classroom disruptions and behavioural problems are on a rapid increase. This travail focuses on neurosciences, empathy as well as mirror neurons and tries to shed light on how these components combined with Transactional Analysis as well as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can provide useful tools to make...
mercredi 10 décembre 2014/Number of views (4741)/Comments (0)/

Reclaiming one’s own voice and identity – the African American slave narrative and its evolution

by Carole Sylvie Lahure

The trafficking of human beings for various purposes, such as forced labour or prostitution, is an institution that originated centuries ago; however, it is still of relevance today. Unfortunately, this atrocious phenomenon has not been eradicated from the surface of the Earth and even nowadays people are traded by others in order to increase their personal wealth and to exploit their peers. The slave trade lies at the heart of the African American issue with slavery and its repercussions...
mercredi 10 décembre 2014/Number of views (6329)/Comments (0)/
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