Varieties of French - 1ÈRE PARTIE (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paolo Frassi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course will develop diatopic consciousness though examples from Québec French; furthermore, it will provide students with theoretical notions which will enable them to identify the different types of phraseological units, with examples from Québec French and France French. These notions will be finally exploited for French L2 teaching.


1. Diatopic variation and French language over the world (basic notions). Québec French.
2. Types of phraseological units ("locutions", "collocations", "pragmatèmes", "clichés") and examples through comparison between phraseological units in France French and phraseological units in Québec French.
3. Application of theoretical notions to didactic context (French L2 teaching and learning).

Didactic methods

Attending students
Lectures concerning diatopic variation with particular reference to Quebec French, theoretical notions about phraseological units, and exercises related to the different types of phraseological units. The last part of the course, with the participation of Prof. Ophélie Tremblay (Université du Québec à Montréal) will be dedicated to the application of theoretical notions to didactic context.
Students may choose to present, during the course, a proposal for teaching unit focusing on phraseologial units in French L2.
The course materials and any further details will be published after each lecture on the dedicated e-learning platform, which will include calendarization of the lessons and detailed program, available from the first lesson.
During the academic year the teacher will be available during office hours (see web page).

Non-attending students
Non-attending students will find, on the dedicated e-learning platform, materials and insights on the subjects of the course, as well as the detailed program, available from the first lesson. The teacher will provide support during office hours (see web page).


Part one:

E. Szlezák, “Le français dans le monde: Canada” in C. Polzin-Haumann-W. Schweickard, Manuel de linguistique française, Berlin-Boston, De Gruyter, pp. 478-504.
Conseil supérieur de la langue française, Consensus quant à la nécessité de définir le français québecois standard (
Base de données lexicographiques panfrancophones (
Multidictionnaire de la langue française (
Antidote (

Part two:
I. Mel’cuk, A. Clas, A. Polguère (1995), Introduction à la Lexicologie Explicative et Combinatoire, Louvain-la-Neuve, Duculot.
I. Mel’cuk (1995), Phrasemes in Language and Phraseology in Linguistics, in M. Everaert, E.-J. Van Der Linden, A. Schenk, R. Schreuder (éds.), Idioms. Structural and Psychological Perspectives, Hillsdale-Hove, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 167-232.
I. Mel’cuk (2008), Phraséologie dans la langue et dans le dictionnaire, « Repères & Applications », VI, pp. 187-200.
I. Mel’cuk (2013), Tout ce que nous voulions savoir sur les phrasèmes, mais… « Cahiers de lexicologie », 102, pp. 129-149.
A. Polguère (2011), Perspective épistémologique sur l’approche linguistique Sens-Texte, « Mémoires de la Société de Linguistique de Paris », XX, pp. 79-114.
I. Mel’cuk, A. Polguère (2008), Prédicats et quasi-prédicats sémantiques dans une perspective lexicographique, Lidil, 37 (

Part three:
Les langues modernes 1/2009 : « Enseigner et apprendre le lexique ».
J. Scott, W. Nagy (2009), Developing word consciousness. Essential readings on vocabulary instruction. Newark: International Reading Association, pp. 106-117.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Mel'cuk I., Clas A., Polguère A. Introduction à la lexicologie explicative et combinatoire Duculot 1995
C. Polzin-Haumann-W. Schweickard Manuel de linguistique française De Gruyter 2015 Solo il seguente capitolo: E. Szlezák, “Le français dans le monde: Canada”, pp. 478-504.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination, entirely in French, aiming at ensuring the acquisition of theoretical notions and the ability to apply them in practical cases.
The oral interview will test:
- the breadth and completeness of the contents;
- the ability to exemplify;
- clarity.

Attending students may pass two ongoing assessments. The first assessment (writtent test) will concern the first and second parts of the program and will consist of a set of 'open' questions and exercises concerning diatopic variation and phraseological units. The second assessment (oral exposition) will consist in the presentation of a didactic project concerning phraseological units. Each assessment will be evaluated in /30.
The exam will be completed during the oral examination. The final mark will be given by the average of the oral examination and ongoing assessments.

The oral examination concerns the entire program and can be taken after obtaining C2 level.

The final mark will be obtained from the average of the language level converted to /30 based on the indications in the "Vademecum normativo per gli studenti dell'Area di Lingue e Letterature Straniere" and the oral examination and will be expressed in /30.

ERASMUS students are asked to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course for explainations.

The program, bibliography and exams are the same for all students, including non-attendants.

Linguistic level required

French C2 level is required.
The verification of language level is based on the certifications issued by the CLA (Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo) or other institutions recognized by the MIUR (DALF C2, DFP DALF C2; please consult the dedicated web page: https: / / and is a preparatory to the oral examination.
As indicated in the "Vademecum normativo per gli studenti dell'Area di Lingue e Letterature Straniere", the validity of C2 certification is six years from the date of attainment.