MASTER Sociolinguistics and Didactics of Languages SPECIALTY French as a Foreign/Second Language: Appropriation, Diversity and Integration (APPRODIV)

The APPRODIV speciality provides a choice of three study paths, all of them classroom-based (*):
− a FFL/FSL professional study path: “Diversity of contexts and publics”;
− a Dual certification professional study path (dual qualification with S. Fraser University – Vancouver, Canada), comprising one semester of studies at F. Rabelais University (Tours) and two semesters at S. Fraser University.
− a research study path: “Linguistic and cultural diversities”.

(*) For those wishing to follow a distance training programme, cf. the FFL/FSL: Pluralities, Interculturality, and Linguistic Policies speciality

For more information: Département Sodilang
  • Objectives
The APPRODIV speciality aims to develop knowledge and know-how based on:
- the themes of diversity and plurality in questions connected with the development, dissemination and appropriation of French (and other languages) in linguistically, culturally and educationally diverse contexts;
- qualitative and reflective approaches designed to be the programme’s content, methods and objectives.

Upon completion of the Master’s, graduates should be able to identify, problematize and analyse situations where linguistic and cultural diversity is a major issue, and contribute to development of research, teaching and/or formative action from the point of view of the didactics of languages and/or sociolinguistics (linguistic policy in particular).

Professional prospects include careers in fields connected with linguistic diversity and language appropriation – teaching and teacher-training in the field of FFL/FSL or other languages, educational management of language centres and resource centres, teaching and supervision of language courses for migrant adults and children, and action on behalf of companies or local authorities, in the form of studies and recommendations with regard to linguistic and sociolinguistic issues.

NB Even though the logical continuation of the “research” study path is preparation of a doctoral thesis, the close interconnection between the professional and research study paths also enables students following the research study path to take up careers in the above-mentioned fields.

Study-path objectives
− “Diversity of contexts and publics” FFL/FSL professional study path: this aims at dissemination of French and other languages in various national and international contexts. In so far as diversity is a major theme here, the programme’s special (but not sole) focus is on problematics related to linguistic and cultural integration in the French context (in and outside Mainland France).

− Dual Certification professional study path: this has the same objectives as the above study path, complemented by two semesters at S. Fraser University in its Professional Training Programme. It leads to obtainment of the 1st- or 2nd-year Master’s in APPRODIV and of the Teaching Certificate required for teaching French in British Columbia (and in Canada as a whole, apart from Quebec).

− “Linguistic and cultural diversities” research study path: this aims to provide training in research through the carrying out of research, in particular in fields related to the didactics of languages and/or sociolinguistics, and is based on qualitative and reflective approaches.
  • Content or list of themes covered and subjects taught
The APPRODIV speciality focuses on developing the themes of educational, cultural and linguistic diversity and action in “diversitary” contexts (didactics of languages, French-speaking communities, linguistic policies, etc.).

More specifically, it develops the following themes:
− Didactics of languages and cultures
− French as a Foreign/Second Language
− French-speaking communities
− Sociolinguistics, contact of languages
− Linguistic policy
− Epistemology (crosscutting reflection on these various fields)

Content / subjects taught in the various study paths
− “Diversity of contexts and publics” FFL/FSL professional study path: this includes interdisciplinary classes (didactics, sociolinguistics, education sciences, sociology, law, etc.) complemented by placements in the 1st year (teaching) and 2nd year (teaching and/or assignments to do with teaching). Support for research work, placement accreditation and professional integration is also provided. A number of “research”-orientated classes are also accessible in the 1st year so as to make 2nd-year reorientations possible.

− Dual Certification professional study path: this includes the same teaching content as the first semester of the 1st or 2nd year of the above study path, complemented by classes dispensed by the S. Fraser University’s Department of Education. A range of placements – initially supervised but allowing increasing independence as they go along – is also available.

− “Linguistic and cultural diversities” research study path: 1st-year classes are mostly shared with “Diversity of contexts and publics” FFL/FSL students so as to make 2nd-year reorientations possible. Supervision of 2nd-year research Master’s students is carried out by EA 3207 Dynadiv-Prefics, a team with a tradition of supervising students working in a laboratory that acts as a real professional training ground. Students and doctoral students play their part in the organisation of and participation in scientific events, as well as in the taking of scientific, policy and financial decisions.
  • Admission requirements
Non-French speaking students: A level of C1 in French is required for every course.

− Coursework with a professional goal FLE/S (teaching French to speakers of other langauges): a variety of contexts and learners; and coursework with a research goal: Linguistic and Cultural diversity
o M1: Diploma FLE 3rd year or University Diploma FLE, validation work experience (based on experience, other university-level work and the professional project of the candidate)
o M2: by dossier and possibly an interview