Ecole de langue et de civilisation françaises (ELCF), University of Geneva
The Ecole de langue et de civilisation françaises (ELCF), a subdivision of the Faculty of Arts, develops teaching, research and services in the areas of French as a foreign language (FLE), applied linguistics and multilingualism. It has a double educational purpose. On the one hand, the ELCF teaches French in its various linguistic and cultural manifestations to students of the University of Geneva wishing to obtain a degree in FLE or improve their language skills. On the other hand, it offers a program of FLE in the Bachelor and Master of Arts. It also manages an educational training program for future FLE teachers. The ELCF hosts many exchange students, who reinforce the great linguistic and cultural diversity of the institution. It also supervises doctoral students, related or not to teachers’ research projects. ELCF staff members intervene regularly in the training of teachers and lead expertise in their areas of specialty, both in Switzerland and abroad.
The ELCF develops applied research projects on the basis of various grants (Swiss National Science Foundation, European Union, governments, private foundations, etc.). Its expertise in the field of bilingual education is particularly well known. As such, it has led between 2005 and 2011 projects on the impact of multilingualism on knowledge construction in secondary and higher education (project under the PNR/NFP 56 – Language diversity and language skills in Switzerland - and participation in the European project DYLAN - Language dynamics and management of diversity). Moreover, it has projects in the fields of language testing and phonology in the L2 acquisition. It also maintains an expertise on multilingualism in the workplace, particularly in the health world.