Context and Cooperation in FSL Oral Communication Education

July 15 – 26  8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Research, create, evaluate collaborative teaching strategies to teach French as a Second Language. While learning about essential principles of didactics, students get to create, put in motion, and evaluate small-group oral communication activities that foster collaboration, authentic communication, and which benefit from a strong knowledge of the context. How to make learners – and educators – autonomous learners? How can collaboration nourish linguistic security, confidence? Can vulnerability be an asset for learners? What does it mean to have an accent? What’s the impact of living in a linguistic minority? in a multilingual environment?

The course will present 6 general concepts that allow us to reflect on our practices of teaching French as a second language. For each of these concepts, we will pay attention to the interaction/collaboration of learners.

1. Current institutional learning outcomes and frameworks

2. Current applied sociolinguistic questions in Canada: linguistic security, minority settings in Canada

3. Current “genre-of-discourse” didactic approaches

4. Current “task-based” didactic approaches

5. Current plurilingual and pluricultural approaches (beyond Canadian bilinguism)

6. Motivation, empathy & the warm & fuzzy

Dr. Francis Langevin

Francis Langevin teaches French as a second language, French Canadian and French literature and culture at UBC, Okanagan. His research on didactics are concerned with teaching strategies that bring learners to collaborate and (re)discover their communicative environment.

How to apply

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have  2018 courses Summer registration eligibility.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at https://secure.students.ubc.ca/nondegree/apply.cfm

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have a 2018 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.