Frequently asked questions



Q. What does Lingua Franca mean ?

A. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a lingua franca is a “language used as a means of communication between populations speaking vernaculars that are not mutually intelligible. The term was first used during the Middle Ages to describe a French- and Italian-based jargon, or pidgin, that was developed by Crusaders and traders in the eastern Mediterranean and characterized by the invariant forms of its nouns, verbs, and adjectives.” In Southeast Asia, before Dutch and English colonized that region, Malay was the lingua franca between all the populations living in that area.  We gave this name to our foundation to  imbody the strong international dimension of our project.

Q. What is distance learning ?

A. Distance learning is a term used to describe an education that is provided at an off-site location.  Before, distance learning was based on mail, audio or video cassettes, television and/or radio broadcasting.  Nowadays, distance learning is more and more web based (see e-learning).

Q. What is e-learning ?

A. e-learning is a web based education.  You can study from home, at your own rhythm.  Specialists distinguish between synchronous and asynchronous e-learning. Courses are provided through e-mail or can be downloaded from a website or a blog, or can be taught online.  Some courses also provide e-coaching and a forum, so people can talk and debate, just as in a real classroom.

Q. What is blended learning ?

A. Blended learning is a mixed technique, blending on site education and e-learning.  This way, you enjoy the advantages of both pedagogical systems : the physical presence and closeness of the “real” teacher and the opportunity to work at home at your own pace and to exercise as often as you want without exhausting yourself and the trainer…

Q. What is asynchronous e-learning ?

A. Asynchronous e-learning is a web based distance learning which allows you to work and study when you want : you simply connect to the website, you do you assessment at your own pace, without respecting an imposed timetable. The exercises are automatically corrected by the program or, later, by a human trainer.  E-coaching is often provided to encourage you throughout your training process.

Q. What is synchronous e-learning ?

A. Synchronous e-learning is also a web based distance learning program but you have to connect at some specified time and participate to courses on line.  The reactions of the teacher and the other student are instantaneous, but you have to respect imposed timetables.

Q. What is e-coaching ?

A. e-coaching is simply coaching provided during a e-learning course.  Generally, your coach supports you through e-mail, online conversations or through phone calls.  It encourages you and helps you to use your full potential while studying.

What is experiential learning ?

A. Experiential learning is a pedagogy based on the principles of experiments.  Psychologists and pedagogues have demonstrated that we learn and memorize much better through personal experimentation than by any other way.  The trainer puts the learner in some specific situation in order to provide him experiment and learning opportunities.

Q. What is andragogy ?

A. Andragogy is a pedagogy dedicated to adults learning.  It considers that adult learners are not blank pages to fill in, but human beings with personal experience and centers of interest.  They have to be conscious of the goals they want to achieve and they are eager to find meaning to all their actions.  Andragogy is therefore a highly active and collaborative pedagogy.

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