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Final DIssertation: Teaching in an international school: the experience of French teachers in London

Final DIssertation: Teaching in an international school: the experience of French teachers in London

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Teaching in an internationalschool: the experience of French teachers in London
By Amandine Briand
Final Dissertation completed as part of the Modern ForeignLanguages with Education BA.King’s College London, University of LondonMay 2010.
 
1Firstandforemost,IwouldliketothankIsabelleFeurtet,theschoolcounselloroftheLycéeFrançaisCharlesdeGaulleforthevaluablehelpandadviceshegaveme.Besides,Iwouldliketothankallofmyparticipantsfortheirkindnessandwillingnesstotakepartinmystudy.Theiranswershavebeenveryconstructiveandtheconversationswehadwereinterestingandstimulating.Moreover,IwouldliketothanktheHeadmasteroftheLycéeFrançaisCharlesdeGaulleforlettingmeconductmyresearchandforprovidingmewithagoodenvironmentandfacilitiestocompletethisproject.IalsowouldliketothankKing’sCollegeforgivingmetheopportunitytocompletethisdissertationandmypersonaltutor,CliveKanes,foracceptingtosupervisemyresearch.Finally,anhonourablementiongoestomyboyfriendwithoutwhomIwouldnothavebeenabletocarryoutthisprojectandwhosesupporthasbeenessentialthroughoutthewholeprocessofwritingthedissertation.
 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
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 This qualitative research investigates the experience of French teachers who live inLondon and work at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle. It is argued that the practice of French teachers working in a national school abroad is different from the practice of French teachers established in France in many ways. Through a research project involving semi-structured interviews, eight teachers were asked about the problematic issues that arise in their everyday routine at the aforementioned school.The questioning of teachers revealed two major dimensions of differences occurring between schools in France and the Lycée, in terms of the practical teachingopportunities and educational challenges that such a situation implied. The keythemes addressed in this dissertation are international education, the reasons whyteachers choose to work in international and overseas school, the opportunities thatmay arise in their everyday tasks, and the difficulties involved in working in such anenvironment.
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