Seminar on research methodology for French as a foreign or second language

LROM2317  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar on research methodology for French as a foreign or second language
5.0 credits
15.0 h


To have taken, or be taking at the same time, LROM2940 Didactics of French as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Studies.

Main themes

Epistemological aspects of interpretative research.

Technical dimension of such a research.

Collecting information : - observation - interview

Analysis and interpretation of the data

Critical dimension : criteria and " scientificity ".


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    The objective is to get the students initiated to the reseach methodology, enabling them to have a critical judgement on research texts in didactics of French as a foreign language (for instance based on experiments). It also allows them to make some interpretative research for the dissertation.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.


Different phases of research: research problem, theoretical framework, objectives to aim, methodological choice, presentation and discussion of the results, conclusion.
Epistemological choices (comprehensive, explanatory and development researches): research design, definition of the features to be observed, data processing.

Teaching methods

The course includes lectures on research methodology and presentations prepared by the students on their thesis research.

Evaluation methods

A written work: drafting of  the methodological chapter of the thesis research.

Other information

This seminar is obligatory for all students who intend to do thesis on education at FLE.

Online resources

The reading list is available on the UCline  webside course

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures