The Department of Multilingualism and Foreign Language education offers five Master programmes worth 90 ECTS:
This interdisciplinary study programme focuses on the individual and social components of multilingualism. The emphasis is placed not only on the acquisitional, cognitive and didactic processes of multilingualism but also on the institutional, political and economic dimensions of linguistic diversity in contemporary societies.
The study programme is deeply rooted in research on multilingual repertoires, the dynamics of change to languages in contact, the role of languages in the construction of social inequalities, language challenges in migratory situations and the different forms of institutional management of linguistic diversity. There is a practical module with an internship to allow students to relate theory to social reality.
A Rhaeto-Romance option is also available in this master's course for those wishing to go deeper into Rhaeto-Romance linguistics and literature. This option offers the possibility to conduct research projects dedicated to Rhaeto-Romance languages.
Foreign language didactics
This master programme, which is offered in cooperation with the Universities of Teacher Education (Haute Ecole Pédagogique [HEP]/Pädagogische Hochschule [PH]) of Fribourg and Zurich and with the University of Teacher Education and the University of Ticino, educates students about the various approaches and methods used to teach and learn foreign languages. By analysing these, students become skilled in evaluating, developing, and putting into practice teaching and learning concepts for the various levels (elementary to secondary II). In addition to regular classes, the programme also includes a teaching internship in a university of teacher education (HEP/PH). This one-of-a-kind master programme is taught bilingually (French and German), but students also choose their language of specialisation: German, French, English or Italian. Students in the English track spend a semester at a university in an English-speaking country or at the Universities of Teacher Education of Zurich.
Students also have access to the Research Centre on Multilingualism in Fribourg, where they can take part in research and in the regularly held lectures and workshops held by internationally renowned experts.
German as a foreign language (DaF)
At the heart of this master programme lies the question of how the German language is learned and imparted as a foreign or second language within the context of multilingualism. Students learn to analyse the development of linguistic, communicative and intercultural competences as well as aspects of interaction in teaching. And they learn to relate these concepts to practice. The master programme also includes class visits and practical experience in the mentoring of learners. In addition, students have the possibility of focusing on individual areas, for example, in the areas of Multilingualism and Multilingual Language Teaching Research or German as a second language/migration.
The bilingual University of Fribourg is the only university in Switzerland that offers this master programme. Moreover, the study programme benefits from the close contacts with the Research Centre on Multilingualism.
French as a foreign language (FLE)
The master programme «French as a foreign language/French as a second language» (FLE/FLS) focuses on consolidation of the didactic and linguistic aspects of language learning and FLE/FLS teaching in a multilingual context. Students learn to master empirical research methods, enabling them to analyse language development, communication and intercultural skills, and the role of interaction in an educational context. They also learn how to analyse language learning and teaching material, as well as assessment tools, methods and curricula, to scrutinise them critically and adapt them in accordance with the context.
The master programme deepens the skills acquired during the bachelor's course in Rhaeto-Romance language and literature. In the linguistics section, emphasis is placed on aspects of individual and societal multilingualism, as well as on more practical issues of the use and promotion of the language. The literary section of the course takes a more in-depth look at the literary traditions of the canton of Grisons, including in relation to neighbouring literary traditions, and with a particular focus on the critical application of theoretical models. An internship allows students to relate theory to actual fields of work. Graduates are qualified to work in Rhaeto-Romance institutions, the media or teaching, and research.
The master programme requires thorough knowledge of at least one variant of Rhaeto-Romance. A number of lectures will be in German and/or French.
The Department offers also four minor Master programmes for 30 ECTS credits. They can perfectly complement major Master programmes such as languages and literatures, social sciences, education or special education, etc.
- Multilingualism Studies
- German as a Foreign Language (DaF)
- French as a Foreign Language (FLE)