Teaching French as a Foreign Language

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course offers, firstly, a disciplinary framework for the teaching of foreign languages with particular reference to the teaching of French as a foreign language and, secondly, a framework for the teaching methods that have followed one another since the middle of the last century until today. The study will focus on the theoretical characteristics that a teacher must take into account in his choices and on the didactic applications according to some guidelines: what is the 'language', how to learn it, how to teach it and with which materials. Teaching is in fact a constant decision-making process: the teacher chooses continuously at the level of method, objectives, activities and procedures according to his beliefs, the indications of the programs and practical considerations.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: the student becomes aware of the European reference documents and the succession of methods and materials for teaching the français langue étrangère over time.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: the student learns in this first approach to teaching French to make informed choices in planning, teaching and assessing a foreign language through the example of French as a foreign language.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course is titled History of Glottodidactics and FLE from the 1960s to the Complementary Volume of 2019 and consists of the following two didactic units and a practical part, which will be dealt with in sequence:
A: (20 hours, 3 cfu): History of the Français Langue Etrangère
B: (20 hours, 3 cfu): From 1960 to 2018 complémentaire Volume
C: Practical part (3 cfu): Construction of an online teaching unit in a multilingual platform or a part to be agreed with the teacher.

Students who intend to accrue 6 ECTS will follow the programme of units A and B; all students who intend to accrue 9 ECTS will follow the complete programme (units A, B and C).

Unit A covers the main periods of the history of French teaching; Unit B covers the history and structure of the CEFR and subsequent revisions. The practical part C involves the construction of a teaching unit.

The course programme is valid until February 2021. From the summer session 2021, the programme of the A.A. 2020-21 is only valid.
Prerequisites for admission
The course, which is held in Italian and French, the materials and the bibliography of the exam presuppose solid language skills in French. Students of Degree Courses other than Languages who do not know French cannot take the exam. Erasmus or other forms of mobility students are admitted, as long as they have solid skills in French and in Italian.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: face-to-face lessons, face-to-face and online activities.
Teaching Resources
The course has a website on the online platform for teaching Ariel (https://mbarsidlf.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx), which can be consulted for various information. The following is the bibliography.

Unità didattica A Cadre Européen commun de référence pour les langues: apprendre, enseigner, évaluer. Volume Complémentaire avec des nouveaux descripteurs (online)

Unità didattica B M. Barsi - M.C. Rizzardi, Metodi e Materiali per la didattica del francese e dell'inglese nel tempo, Milano, Led, 2019, cap. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13.

Practical part: Material provided by the teacher.

Note to students not attending
The program for non-attending students includes additional works and bibliographic parts that must be agreed with the teachers.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an individual interview, which includes questions asked by the teacher, interactions between teacher and student and the analysis and commentary of the CEFR, lessons and materials observed. The duration of the interview varies according to the teaching units on which the student is presented, and it takes place in Italian and French.

International students or incoming Erasmus students are invited to contact the teacher as soon as possible. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent office.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/02 - EDUCATIONAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/02 - EDUCATIONAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/02 - EDUCATIONAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Field activity: 0 hours