2023-2024 / FLES0015-1

Didactics of the contemporary culture of France and Belgium


30h Th

Number of credits

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


Jean-Marc Defays, Frédéric Saenen

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course covers various aspects of didactics of culture in a class of French as a foreign language (FLE).
We begin with a general reflection on the concept of culture, in order to distinguish this concept from certain related concepts (e.g., civilization) ; then the course concentrates on issues and conditions related to the « didactization » of culture in a class of French as a foreign language ; next, in the framework of some thematic sequences, we will examine some very concrete approaches that are related to the francophone culture of Belgium.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Students should be able to consider in a critical fashion the problematics linked to the didactics of culture.
Students should learn about the practical elements necessary for preparing the content of a course based on one or more aspects of Belgian culture in the framework of a class in French as a foreign language.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Participants should possess a minimum level of knowledge and/or experience concerning the didactics of French as a foreign language

They should be familiar with certain basic elements of French and Belgian culture (historical familiarity, literary familiarity, etc.)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

After having attended several lecture classes and eventually some conferences of external invited speakers, students will be asked to interact in small groups, to discuss about relativism, culture schock, and specific aspects of Belgian culture (humor, belgian identity through litterature, comics and cinema...).

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

Second period, wednesday from 8 to 10 am

Recommended or required readings

A number of articles will be available in student portfolios

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Final grading will consist in an oral test and based as follows:
- A sequence elaborated in the framework of class work;
- The content of in-class lectures;
Session: June

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Frédéric SAENEN, Chargé d'enseignement-Maître de conférences
Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes
University of Liège
Bât. L3, Rue de Pitteurs, 20
B-4020 Liège
Email: fsaenen@uliege.be
Tél. : 04 366 55 48

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