On What Basis is It Possible to Teach Intercomprehension between Western and South-Western Slavic Languages?

  • Grégoire Labbé Faculté des lettres, Université Charles, Prague Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Laboratoire PLIDAM
Keywords: intercomprehension, teaching, Romance languages, Slavic languages, Slovenian, Czech, Croatian

Abstract

Intercomprehension between similar languages of the same family is to a certain measure a natural phenomenon. However, comprehension of a close language will very often be disturbed by many opaque elements, which are not understandable without a better knowledge of its grammar or vocabulary. A methodology similar to the one offered by the manual Eurom 5 allows learners to work on their comprehension of a language family and its functioning. In Eurom 5, the learning process is focused on the knowledge of a “romance system”, bringing out the particularities of each of the languages dealt with within the manual. With such a system in place, a better comprehension of these languages is guaranteed. We have been trying to adapt such a concept to western and south-western Slavic languages, focusing at first on Czech, Slovenian and, to a lesser extent, Croatian.

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Published
2017-12-28
How to Cite
Labbé, G. (2017). On What Basis is It Possible to Teach Intercomprehension between Western and South-Western Slavic Languages?. Journal for Foreign Languages, 9(1), 191-200. https://doi.org/10.4312/vestnik.9.191-200
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Didactics of Foreign Languages