Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE La didactique du FLE: théorie et enjeux fondamentaux / Teaching French as a Foreign Language: Basic Principles

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Languages and Humanities Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit deals with the different methodologies which have historically succeeded each other in the teaching of French as a Foreign Language and identifies areas where these theoretical orientations have left a mark on contemporary teaching practices. It focuses on a language teaching approach based on the Common European framework of Reference for Languages, mainly on present-day task- and project-based methodological principles.

It introduces the concept of teaching according to a Learning Outcomes Framework, where Learning Outcomes are understood to be statements of what a learner is expected to know, understand and be able to carry out at the end of a stipulated time-frame. The unit will deal with an LOF's positive contribution to learning a foreign language. The students will reflect upon how an LOF bears upon teachers' professional development as it entails a redefinition of the teacher's role as an agent of reform and flexibility as to how the Learning Outcomes are attained.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical aspects underlining the main methodological options which have successively marked the Teaching of French as a Foreign language, with their strengths and weaknesses as well as their legacy, and then to focus on modern methodological principles and practical orientations, stemming from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and in line with the Learning Outcomes Framework which is being implemented for French.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- evaluate positively or negatively teaching conceptions deriving from the successive methodologies which have marked the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language.
- evaluate positively or negatively teaching practices deriving from the successive. methodologies which have marked the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language.
- critically elaborate on the foreign language teaching and assessment recommendations according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
- demonstrate an understanding of the way forward in the forthcoming teaching according to the Learning Outcomes Framework for French.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- apply a competence- and action-based approach in his/her teaching, thus being able to set tasks and projects which are conducive to language learning and to learning strategies for carrying out actions in society whilst using the target language.
- teach with the Learning Outcomes Framework for French as the backbone to his/her organisation of lesson content and activities.
- devise schemes of work wherein the yearly content and sequencing of learning material conforms with the recommendations of the Learning Outcomes Framework for French.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Beacco, J.-C., 2007, L'approche par compétences dans l'enseignement des langues: enseigner à partir du Cadre Européen Commun de Référence pour les langues, Didier.
- Cuq, J.-P., Gruca I., 2005, Cours de didactique du FLE, PUG.
- Rosen E., 2009, La perspective actionnelle et l'approche par les tâches en classe de langue, Canadian Modern Language Review, 66(4).
- Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues; apprendre, enseigner, évaluer. Disponible sur:

Supplementary Readings:

- Castellotti V. et al., 2003, Portfolio européen des langues: Collège, Conseil de l'Europe, ENS, CIEP, Didier.
- Cuq, J.-P., 1996, Une introduction à la didactique de la grammaire en FLE, Didier-Hatier.
- Guberina, P., La méthode audio-visuelle structuro-globale, Revue de phonétique appliquée n° 1, 1974.
- Moirand, S., 1990, Enseigner à communiquer en langue étrangère, Hachette.
- Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues: tableau synoptique pour le français. Disponible sur:
- Le portfolio européen des langues: guide pour les utilisateurs du CECRL. Disponible sur:

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: A first cycle degree with 70 ECTS in the subject area: French


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Anne Marie Bezzina
Angele Vella Lauwers

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