Which Little Prince for the 'Millenials?': Developing an Intermediate French Reader for the Diverse Student Body of the 21st-Century American University

By:
Dr. Ann M. Moore
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In order to engage the career-conscious African-American student in continued study of critical languages, a clear connection must be demonstrated between the language curriculum and the future applicability of the skills learned to issues of peace and justice, leadership in the global marketplace, and multiculturalism. In 2005, the Modern Foreign Language Department of Hampton University challenged faculty to develop foreign language teaching materials that would not only support the educational mission of the Historically Black University, but would serve the wider community of 'The Millenials,' the term by which enrollment researchers identify the current generation of diverse and pragmatic American university students.

The moment has come for literary figures such as Calixthe Beyala's Loukoum: The Little Prince of Belleville, to take their place in the intermediate French reader for the 21st century university student, while Saint Exupéry's princely voyager enjoys a distinguished retirement on the planet of an earlier time. This practice-oriented presentation will share francophone material selected through research, classroom-tested, and currently being edited for an assignment-based intermediate French university reader. Attention will be paid to recent data about higher education enrollment patterns as well as to trends in curriculum design.


Keywords: Multiculturalism, Critical Language Study, Curriculum Development, Francophone Literature
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies, Teaching and Learning, Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Which Little Prince for the 'Millenials?'


Dr. Ann M. Moore

Assistant Professor and Director of International Programs, Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Hampton University
USA

Ann M. Moore is Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages and Director of International Programs at Hampton University. She has taught French for over twenty years and has also administered international programs for the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the College of William and Mary. Her research includes 17th century literature and humanities curriculum development for the multicultural classroom.

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