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PARIS: Importance of Beur Literature – Incultural competence

Culture By 21 November, 2015 No Comments

The Beur -or Moorish– Literature is considered the youngest sister of French Maghrebian Literature. The French lexicon incorporates the word beur around 1985, right after the second maghrebian immigration wave. Its feminine version beurrette will not appear until some years later. As the fourth generation of Arabs writing in French (the first generation lived the colonisation the second the independence, the third the emigration and the fourth the French assimilation), the beur authors do not know their original lands. It is an emerging “niche” within Maghrebian Literature.

INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE: Study abroad

Culture By 18 November, 2015 No Comments

Study abroad during university, and more importantly study abroad with the goal of improving one’s ability with a foreign language by spending a prolonged period of time in another country has been changing over the past years. There is a rising demand of intercultural competence. Within Europe the Erasmus Student Mobility for Placements Program provides this opportunity and an increasing number of US universities also facilitate internship programs abroad. The increase in numbers of students interested in this type of study abroad is directly related to the need to acquire professional experience that will make them more employable.

WARSAW: The Old Town

Culture, Living By 18 October, 2015 No Comments

Warsaw is not the grey and poluted city that many people believe. It is currently a student town with many different areas and influences. Though there have been several earlier settlements where Warsaw stands today we reckon the foundation of the town to date back to around 1300 AD. The town was founded by the Duke of Mazowia,and it’s location close to the river and on main trade routes was attractive to merchants. Through the centuries Warsaw has been devastated by fires, Swedes, Germans and Russians, but each time it has been rebuilt, the last time after WWII where the Old Town was reduced to a rubble.