2017-2018 / FLES0016-1

Applied linguistics for language acquisition, learning and teaching


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in linguistics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy3 crédits 
 Master in speech and language therapy (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Jean-Marc Defays

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

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

Throughout the presentation of the theory, the students are expected to participate actively in the discussions provoked and the practical exercises and case studies that are put to them.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

First semester, Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Salle R100

Recommended or required readings

Course syllabus is available.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam on a book or a publication on linguistics (to be announced)
and written exam, as a multiple choice test.
Session : January

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Prof. Jean-Marc DEFAYS Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes Université de Liège Place du 20-Août, 7 B-4000 Liège Email : jmdefays@ulg.ac.be Phone : ++ 32 (0)4 366 55 20 Fax : ++ 32 (0)4 366 58 55
Deborah MEUNIER Assistante dmeunier@ulg.ac.be