The Joint Programme between the two Universities aspires to the solid theoretical training of the students relating to the educational and socio-political management of multiculturalism and multilingualism as well as their guidance in order to develop appropriate educational tools which will promote the values of intercultural communication in preschool and primary as well as secondary education. At an applied level, graduates of the Joint Programme will be able to:
a) design and implement programs that promote multilingualism and multiculturalism in both partner countries,
b) design and propose educational linguistic policies in both partner countries but also in all multilingual contexts with a view to disseminate multilingualism and intercultural communication.
The Joint Greek-French Programme aspires to raise students’ awareness towards the principles and goals of a particular linguistic education which agree with modern teaching and pedagogical proposals that acknowledge a particular role in the language or languages of origin of each child, in their positive evaluation as well as the corresponding culture that each language carries, while constituting a component of various ethnic, linguistic and cultural identities which come together in multilingual societies.
Students are invited to elaborate on the principles and applications based on the relevant international bibliography in the field of bilingualism, applied linguistics and humanities, applying among others the principles of the approach centered on the “Awareness of the diversity of languages and multilingualism”. This particular approach aims to:
a) develop representations and attitudes that encourage language learning in general, interest in the links between languages, the interest of teachers and children in all languages that coexist in an educational and social level, as well as the support of all home languages of children at school,
b) develop metalinguistic and meta-communicational skills (those of observation and reasoning) which facilitate access to the school language and also to the learning of the foreign languages taught,
c) develop a linguistic culture that allows us to acquire an indepth understanding of the modern multilingual and multicultural world