Teaching French as a Foreign Language

A.Y. 2021/2022
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
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
The course is entitled Learning, Teaching and Evaluating Languages between the 20th and 21st Centuries and consists of the following two parts, which will be covered in sequence:

Part A: (20 hours, 3 ECTS): Il Français Langue Etrangère between the 20th and 21st centuries
Part B: (20 hours, 3 ECTS): The Companion Volume of the Common European Framework of Reference

The course provides 6 ECTS. It is not possible to accrue 9 ECTS.

In the first part of the course we will study the methods that have constituted a reference in the 20th century in the field of language teaching and in particular of français langue étrangère teaching. The grammatical method, the direct method, the technological methods (audio-lingual and audio-visual), the affective-humanistic methods, the communicative method will be examined at a theoretical and applicative level and exemplified by some typical lessons. In the second part of the course the novelties and potentialities presented by the Companion Volume will be considered, namely the vision of the "action-oriented approach", the overcoming of the four-skills model replaced by production, reception, interaction and mediation as modes of communication and multilingual/multi-cultural competence.
The course programme is valid until February 2023. From the 2023 summer session, exclusively the A.A. 2022-23 course programme will be valid.
Prerequisites for admission
B2 corresponding to the CEFR grid in French. The course and bibliography are partly in French.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: classroom lessons
Teaching Resources
The course has a website on the online platform for teaching Ariel (https://mbarsidlf.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx), to which you can refer for notes of lessons and other materials provided by teachers.

Part A The Français Langue Etrangère as a matter study

- Philippe Rezeau, Cap. 2. 2 | Évolution des approches et méthodologies en DLE depuis un demi-siècle, file su Ariel oppure https://www.yumpu.com/fr/document/view/16709900/chapitre-2-joseph-rezeau
- M. Barsi - M.C. Rizzardi, Dalla linguistica degli anni Settanta (XX sec.) alla glottodidattica, dispensa estratta da Metodi e Materiali per la didattica del francese e dell'inglese nel tempo, (Milano, Led, 2019, cap. 10, 11, 13), disponibile in epub presso LED isbn 978-88-5513-016-5

Part B The Common European Framework of Reference between 2001 and 2020

- http://promoplurilinguismo.unimi.it
- Consiglio d'Europa, Quadro Comune Europeo di Riferimento. Volume complementare, 2020 https://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/promoitals/article/view/15120/13999
- E. Piccardo, Du communicatif à l'actionnel: un cheminement de recherche, 2014 http://www.edugains.ca/resourcesFSL/PDF/CommunicativeToActionApproach/C…
- B. North, The CEFR renewed: Inspiring the future of Language education, "Italiano Lingua Due", 1, 2020
- B. North (coord.), Inventaire des contenus clés aux niveaux du CECR, Eaquals 2015, https://www.eaquals.org/wp-content/uploads/Inventaire_ONLINE_full.pdf
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination:

The examination consists of a presentation in Italian and an oral examination in French on the course content and on the didactic units realised during the course.

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
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