French for specific purposes

lrom2463  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

French for specific purposes
5 credits
22.5 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2021-2022
Linguistic notions (lexicology, speech analysis....).
Initiation to didactics to teach French as foreign language.
Main themes
The introduction presents the issue of specialized discourses and languages, based on several linguistic theoretical approaches.
Then, French for specific purposes is described as a part of didactics to teach French as a foreign language. The course explains how to design a didactic outline in order to teach/learn French in a specific situation.

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

1 At the end of the course, the student should be able to
'    identify the linguistic specificities of specialized discourses in French;
'    analyse a situation of teaching of French as a foreign language for specific purposes;
'    design a didactic outline of French as foreign language, based on the didactic principles in French for specific purposes;
'    build a didactic exploitation (with different types of exercises and activities) of an authentic document from a specialized discourse in French.
The course consists of 3 parts :
1.    Characteristics of specialized language/discourse
2.    French for Specific Purposes (FSP) within the Framework of French as a Foreign Language : designations and definitions.
3.    Designing a FSP training course.
Based on a case study, students will analyse each step of the process :
  • Training request
  • Needs analysis
  • Data collection
  • Translation of needs into goals
  • Designing of activities
  • Assessment and certification.
Teaching methods
The course consists of teacher-led lectures and oral student presentations. Students assume the role of FSP training designers in order to allow them to integrate the learning outcomes and to apply them in a professional context.
Evaluation methods
Continuous assessment (30% of final mark)
  • Oral presentations based on research conducted alone or in small groups (15% of final mark)
  • critical summary of an article about French for Specific Purposes (15% of final mark)
Exam (70 % of final mark)
Oral presentation of a didactic sequence based on an authentic document that uses specialized discourse. During the presentation, students are required to justify their choice of teaching and learning techniques. A written paper must be submitted.
Other information
Online resources
Carras C., Tollas J., Kohler P., Szilagyi E., Le français sur objectifs spécifiques et la classe de langue, Paris, CLE International, 2007, 208 p. (Collection Techniques et pratiques de classe)
Cuq J.-P. (dir.), Dictionnaire de didactique du français Dictionnaire de didactique du français, Paris, CLE international, 2003.

Mangiante J.-M., Parpette C., Le français sur objectif spécifique : de l'analyse des besoins à l'élaboration d'un cours, Paris, Hachette, 2004, 160 p. (collection F)

Mourlhon-Dalliès F., Enseigner une langue à des fins professionnelles, Paris, Didier, 2008, 351 p. (Collection Langues et didactiques)
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Linguistics

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

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

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