2023-2024 / FLES0004-3

Pedagogy of the grammar of French as a foreign and second language (CEFLES)


10h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 University certificate for teaching French as a foreign language or second language2 crédits 


Deborah Meunier

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course introduces...

  • the place of grammar within linguistics and language teaching,
  • the different kinds of grammar that are recognized and that can be used,
  • the role of grammar in teaching and learning a language,
  • the status of implicit and explicit grammar, in particular in the context of learning using communicative and immersion methods,
  • the issue of selection, (spiral) progression, (interlanguage) assimilation of grammatical content,
  • the structures and processes for teaching grammar in class in inductive logic and action-oriented.
Students will analyze grammars, textbooks and lessons, in order to prepare a grammar lesson that respects the principles of the communicative and actional approach, and the different stages and main organising principles of a didactic sequence.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The participants will be able to approach grammar notion critically, to connect it coherently with their teaching French as a foreign and second language, to prepare and create appropriate and effective lessons in specific contexts.

Upon completion of the course students should be able to :

  • distinguish the linguistic, didactic and acquisitionist theories of the grammar of a foreign language
  • criticize and exploit the methodological options and the grammar reference tools available
  • elaborate lesson plan
  • create exercises and tasks to conceptualize grammatical rules from authentic documents
  • define linguistic, discursive and cultural objectives
  • handle all macro-skills
  • choose authentic and pertinent documents
  • set up activities according to different stages
  • prepare a grammar corpus.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Some strong knowledge of French normative grammar.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students must actively participate in the course and perform different tasks remotely (flipped classroom) which are then the subject of face-to-face critical discussions. Several MOOC sequences "Moi, prof de FLE" will also be exploited.

The participants are expected to prepare a grammar lesson, present it and submit a written report.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Various bibliographic documents and references are communicated to the participants.

Written work / report

Additional information:

Assessment of the written report (60%) and oral presentation (40%)
Session: January

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Face-to-face. First semester, Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Philo 2

The resources are accessible on eCampus (bibliographical references, Powerpoint, instructions of work, models of teaching sheets).



Université de Liège
Place du 20-Août, 7, Bat. A2, 4/47
B-4000 Liège


Secrétariat : Ariane Nüsgens Ariane.Nusgens@uliege.be 

Association of one or more MOOCs

The MOOC entitled 'Moi, prof de FLE (P3)' is associated with this course.