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An investigation of pedagogical approaches and methods used in a French university French-as-a-foreign-language program: teacher and student perspectives

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dc.contributor.author Blackstone, Pam
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-01T19:31:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-01T19:31:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-10-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/11206
dc.description.abstract This qualitative study has investigated a month-long French-as-a-foreign-language summer program. Its goal was to compare teacher (n=4) and student (n=6) perspectives regarding learning objectives, challenges, and preferred teaching/learning approaches and methods, and to evaluate results against Whyte (2011), who argued that a schism in French university language teaching leads to the dominance of explicit (traditional teacher-fronted) instruction at the expense of more communicative teaching approaches. Data collection took place via classroom observations, pre-course interviews and surveys, a post-course teacher focus group, and weekly student reflective logs. A total of 2,211 references were coded to 276 thematic nodes. Results suggest that the teachers involved primarily embrace a traditional classroom dynamic but apply strategies associated with multiple methods, providing evidence for use of what has become known as the Eclectic Method. Some alignment was found between teachers and students concerning goals, challenges, and teaching approaches, and mixed support was obtained for Whyte’s claim regarding a deficit of communicative language teaching, in that both explicit and implicit teaching were observed. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject French en_US
dc.subject L2 French en_US
dc.subject French as a Second Language en_US
dc.subject Language Teaching en_US
dc.subject French Language Teaching en_US
dc.subject Language Teaching Approaches and Methods en_US
dc.subject French university foreign language teaching en_US
dc.title An investigation of pedagogical approaches and methods used in a French university French-as-a-foreign-language program: teacher and student perspectives en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Huang, Li-Shih
dc.degree.department Department of Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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