2023-2024 / FLES0005-1

Language science and languages teaching/learning


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : French as a foreign language (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in linguistics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Jean-Marc Defays

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 first part of the course is an introduction to principles, perspectives and objectives of linguistics, from the standpoint of its applications in the areas of acquisition, learning, and teaching of languages.
The second part presents contributions and debates in psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics concerning acquisition, learning and teaching of languages, arriving at principles and options in the didactic of languages.
The third part is devoted to communicative and sociolinguistic conditions of acquisition, learning and teaching of languages, including context of use, norms and variants, and the status of a language and its functions, in particular in a plurilinguistic context.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Analyze critically with the participants the different theories and branches of applied linguistics on which foreign French language teaching rely for developing its teaching and training methods.

In this way, the participants are given the necessary linguistic foundation to develop their educational competences.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is an "oral" course, which involves:

  • the interactions between the teacher and the students, and between the students during the course, go beyond memorizing syllabus and reading books for final evaluation;
  • the active presence in the course in order to benefit from and participate in these exchanges is therefore essential;
  • that the professor will develop the course based on student reactions or any other circumstances that he will consider significant during the course, so that the details of the final evaluation cannot be determined at the beginning.
Except in exceptional cases duly examined, there is no provision for an alternative programme or exemption from this course.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

First semester, Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, room A4/R100, from September 19th.

Recommended or required readings

Course syllabus is available at the Presses Universitaires de Liège.
DEFAYS J.-M., Dico-tomies. Digressions linguistiques et autres extrapolations, Murmure des soirs, 2020
DEFAYS J.-M., coll. de MEUNIER D., Singularité et pluralité des langues, des groupes et des individus. Babel et Frankenstein, L'Harmattan, 2015

Oral exam on a publication or on a personal project about linguistics (to be announced) 
Written exam as a multiple choice test.
Session : January

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. Jean-Marc DEFAYS Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes Université de Liège (L3) Rue de Pitteurs, 18 B-4020 Liège Email : jmdefays@uliege.be Tél. : 04 366 55 20 Fax : 04 366 58 55
Contact : Sylvie ROMANCIDE Email : sromancide@uliege.be Tél. : 04 366 55 17

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