Analysis of linguistic phenomena and the teaching of French

lrom2610  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Analysis of linguistic phenomena and the teaching of French
5 credits
22.5 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2021-2022 !

Main themes
The course addresses several themes which can be summarized through the following questions:
- What are the linguistic skills in French necessary to the academic and social success?
- What are the linguistic skills effectively taught in the French-teaching institutions?
- What are the factors which contribute to the mastering of these skills?
- What procedures (in terms of knowledge explanation and acquisition, assessment, etc.) are put into place by the teachers and with what results depending on the students' profiles?
- What is the knowledge brought by linguistic research about these skills?
- How can this knowledge be put at the service of French teaching, notably to improve the existing teaching methods?

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

1 The course aims at approaching the diverse linguistic questions related to the teaching of French (in its various forms, with a special attention to the teaching of French as a first language at the secondary school).
Three specific objectives are to be reached:
- Discovering the stakes involved in the mastering of French as a school language and the factors which favor or not this mastering.
- thinking about the way linguistic analyses can help with the learning and mastering of French in the school context.
- Bringing the students to think critically about the ways to develop adequately sensitivity to language problems in the secondary school.
In relation with its objectives, the course follows these steps:
- reading of scientific works allowing the students to understand the stakes of language learning and the implicit/explicit expectations of school and society in terms of language skills;
- analysis of actual linguistic practices of teachers and students in French-language classes, in a way to identify linguistic problems linked to the teaching of French;
- reflection about procedures to be implemented in a way to improve the teaching of French and the students' linguistic skills thanks to the knowledge of linguistics.
Teaching methods
The course is made up of lectures, sessions where students' work is analysed and presentations by students on the progress of the work they are doing for the examination.
Evaluation methods
Assessment is on a written assignment relating to the analysis of a linguistic skill, chosen by each student, which is taught or presupposed in French lessons. Students have to give an oral presentation, during the class, of a first state of their research and to submit a first draft of their paper's "state of the art". This presentation and this document will be assessed and count for 20% of the final grade. Ofr the September session, grades will be based only on the final written assignment.
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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 Translation

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

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