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

lrom2317  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar on research methodology for French as a foreign or second language
5 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 ".

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 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.
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 simulations where the student is led to experiment with theory.
Evaluation methods
A written work: writing a research report, related or not to the final dissertation.
Other information
This seminar is obligatory for all students who intend to do thesis on education at FLE.
Online resources
La liste bibliographique est disponible sur le site UCLine du cours.
A bibliographical list is available on the course website.
Teaching materials
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

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