Master in Didactics of French as a Foreign Language

The Master’s programme Didactics of French as a Foreign Language (FLE) offers training whose main objective is the acquisition of the following competences: a) academic knowledge in didactics of FLE (theoretical approaches and current methodologies); b) professional knowledge concerning the teaching of the language in question (practices, experience in the school environment) and c) principles of management in education. The programme therefore offers training that provides both essential tools for the analysis of teaching situations and practical tools that enable intervention in professional sectors related to the teaching process.

The Master’s Programme in the Didactics of French as a Foreign Language is aimed at practising teachers of French as a foreign language in the public and private sectors in Cyprus or elsewhere, who wish to acquire greater specialisation, but also at future teachers or specialists in the field of French as a foreign language who wish to work in Cyprus or elsewhere. It is also intended for graduates of French studies from the University of Cyprus or holders of other French degrees, or holders of other departments of the University of Cyprus or other Cypriot or foreign universities wishing to acquire a specialisation in the teaching of French as a foreign language combined with expertise in educational management and administration.

From an academic point of view, the programme aims to support graduates of French Language and Literature, or other degree holders from the French-speaking world, according to the current requirements of teaching French as a Foreign Language and the modern labour market in Cyprus and outside Cyprus. More specifically, it offers an in-depth training, lasting three semesters (4 courses from the Department of French and European Studies + 2 courses from the Department of Educational Sciences and/or the Department of Psychology + dissertation or internship), which provides both the necessary tools for analysis of learning situations and practical tools for intervention in professional fields related to the didactic process. Plus particulièrement, il propose une formation approfondie, d’une durée de trois semestres (4 cours du Département d’Études françaises et européennes + 2 cours du Département des Sciences de l’Éducation et/ou du Département de Psychologie + mémoire ou stage), qui offre à la fois les outils d’analyse nécessaires de situations d’apprentissage et des outils pratiques d’intervention dans les domaines professionnels liés au processus didactique. This programme trains:

  • teachers of French as a foreign language
  • directors of French or foreign public schools
  • directors of language centres and private language institutes
  • inspectors of French as a foreign language
  • specialised trainers from pedagogical institutes
  • French-speaking cultural attachés
  • French-language textbook authors
  • advisors and attachés in the field of language services
  • Francophone advisors and programme officers
  • advisors and specialists in Francophonie issues, involved in the Francophone world
  • specialist advisors on multilingualism issues
  • Francophone curriculum developers
  • French as a Foreign Language trainers
  • inspectors general of foreign languages
  • advisers and attachés in planning and language policy offices
  • web-based teachers/trainers
  • teachers/trainers of training programmes

Read here the testimonies of former students of the Master Didactique du Français langue étrangère.

Download here the Prospectus of Postgraduate Studies: In Greek – in English


 

I. CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION

The minimum requirement for the evaluation of candidates and their admission to the Master programme is:

  1. A university degree in an appropriate subject and its notation.
  2. A minimum of two letters of recommendation.
  3. Interview (if allowed by the Department’s internal rules).

The Department may adopt additional criteria to those listed above, if authorised by the internal regulations of the Department or the postgraduate programme.

Applicants for the Master’s programme must have, by a date announced by the Department, a postgraduate degree in French Studies or in one of the fields of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Candidates must have obtained their degree with an average of 7/10 or equivalent and/or have proven their aptitude in research and/or have had teaching experience. Candidates with a degree in a related field must have a very good command of the French language, both written and spoken. In the case of French university graduates, only one degree is required. The Department reserves the right, if necessary, to ask selected candidates to take undergraduate courses that are missing from their training (e.g. French language and research methodology courses). Students will take these courses in parallel with the first year of the graduate programme. Credit for these courses will not affect the total number of ECTS credits provided by the graduate programme. The grade will be in the form of a pass/fail and will therefore not be included in the students’ grade point average.

 

II. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

The number of places available is announced by the Doctoral School. The application is submitted electronically and includes:

  • a letter of motivation with a brief statement of the applicant’s objectives and interests (research and/or professional), 500 words long, in French
  • a curriculum vitae in French
  • a copy of the undergraduate degree, together with the Diploma Supplement (DS) or detailed transcript of marks
  • a work sample: short article, dissertation extract, etc. (optional)
  • two letters of recommendation to be sent by respondents directly to the electronic application system.

In order to request (in writing) a letter of recommendation from a professor, students should a) give the professor enough time, considering his or her other possible obligations which may be numerous (lectures, research trips, etc.), b) provide a recent transcript of their grades, c) their CV, d) the name and full address of the degree/programme/department/university for which the letter of recommendation is requested, e) announce the language in which they wish the letter of recommendation to be written.

Selection: Applications are examined by the Master’s Committee of the Department of French and European Studies. If deemed necessary by the committee, successful candidates will be invited for an interview on site or by video conference. Once the recommendation is made, the final selection of candidates is made by the Council of the Department of French and European Studies.

 

III. SCHOLARSHIPS

Upon acceptance into the programme, students may apply for a scholarship. The number of these grants is limited and varies from year to year. The application date and selection criteria are announced online.

 

IV. DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme extends over three semesters during which the student’s physical presence at the University is mandatory. However, students have the possibility to spend the maximum time allowed by the Regulations of the University of Cyprus in institutions abroad under the LLP/ERASMUS+ programme. In the framework of exchange and cooperation programmes between the University of Cyprus and departments, laboratories or research institutes abroad, co-supervision of the Master’s thesis is a possibility that is favourably considered.

 

V. STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme confers the academic degree of Magister Artium. It spans three semesters and awards a minimum of 90 ECTS. ECTS are distributed as follows:

  ECTS 
1st SEMESTER  
FES 730 Méthodologies de la didactique du Français Langue Étrangère 10
FES 733 Sociolinguistique et didactique du Français Langue Etrangère 10 30
EDU ou PSU Course chosen from the indicative list of the Department of Education or
the Department of Psychology
2nd SEMESTER
FES 731 Technologies de l’information et de la communication dans la didactique du français langue étrangère 10
FES 734 Didactique de la grammaire du Français Langue Etrangère 10 30
EDU ou PSU Course chosen from the indicative list of the Department of Education or
the Department of Psychology
3rd SEMESTER
FES 749 Final Dissertation 30  30
total 90

Note : The courses of the Department of Educational Sciences are credited with 12 ECTS. The courses of the Department of Psychology are credited with 7.5 ECTS. ECTS can be complemented by the research methodology course of the Department of French and European Studies, or/and seminars provided by the Department of Educational Sciences. 

To see the indicative list of courses for the current semester, consult the Semester Programmes in the Students’ Area.

With the exeption of the mandatory course FES 730 Méthodologies de la didactique du Français Langue Étrangère, the Department of French and European Studies will choose the rest of the courses offered during each semester (see below for the list of courses offered by the Department)

In the case of groups of a small number of students, the courses will take the form of seminars or independent study under the supervision and direction of professors from the Department.

Seminars, study days and conferences, which are organised by the partner departments and deal with topics related to those of the programme, are an important complement to the programme. Their content can be reported and evaluated.

Students may, if they wish, spend a semester in a foreign university institution during one of the three semesters of the programme as part of the Erasmus+ exchanges.

Exceptionally and with the permission of the Master Programme Committee of the Department of French and European Studies, students may replace one course (only one) of their study programme by a course offered in another postgraduate programme of the University of Cyprus, provided that this course carries the same number of credits and is directly related to the thesis prepared by the student.

In all semesters, including the summer semester, students may enrol once in the FES 700 Expérience Research (6 ECTS) and FES 701 de Recherche (3 ECTS) courses. Registration is subject to the approval of the supervising professor in the Department.

The final dissertation (30 credits) is prepared either under the supervision of a DEP member of the Department of French and European Studies or in collaboration with a DEP member of the partner departments after the agreement of the student’s principal supervisor. The work must be an original work of between 8000 and 15000 words in length. Students must choose their topic and supervisor before the end of the second semester of their studies. The final Master’s thesis is examined at the end of the third semester by a defence committee formed at the end of the second semester of the programme. The committee consists of the supervisor and one other professor-researcher. Students must submit their work three weeks before the date set for the defence, which takes place during the third semester examination period.

 

VI. WORKING LANGUAGE

The courses of the Programme are offered in French, with the exception of the courses of the Departments of Education and Psychology which are taught in Greek. The language of the given bibliography corresponds to the language of the seminars. The dissertation or internship report is written in French or Greek, on a subject related to the didactics of French as a Foreign Language.

 

VII. COURSES (INDICATIVE)

1. Department of French and European Studies(indicative)

FES 700 Expérience de Recherche

 

With the agreement of the supervising professor, the students may undertake theoretical or applied research, in order to gain substantial research experience. The students may conduct their research on a subject related to the Didactics of French as a Foreign Language, to European Studies, or in general on a subject related to the field of investigation of the Department of French and European Studies. The aim of the course is to familiarise the students with the research, production and promotion of new knowledge.

FES 701 Étude individuelle indépendante Master

 

The students choose a topic of their choice after agreement with the supervising professor, in order to adapt the research programme to their own needs and preferences. The first stage of the Individual Independent Study consists of a research proposal in which the students describe the topic they are working on. The proposal is discussed with the professor in charge of supervising and evaluating the research. The student then submits a written research proposal and carries out the work individually. The aim of the course is to provide the student with an individual academic research experience.

FES 730 Méthodologies de la didactique du français langue étrangèreThe course examines, through an interdisciplinary approach and critical thinking, the principles that govern the design of didactics and the learning process. It defines the theoretical framework of the modern field of didactics of French as a foreign language and culture. It also examines the fundamental principles that determine the design and planning of lessons in the foreign language classroom. In addition, it examines the basic principles of differentiated pedagogy which aims to create incentives and thus improve teaching and learning practice. More specifically, the course offers ways to develop methodological skills (identification and selection of teaching and learning objectives, selection and adaptation of learning materials, development of teaching materials through lesson plans, use of the interactive whiteboard, lesson planning and classroom management). It also aims to familiarise students with current issues in the teaching of French as a foreign language: teaching of speaking and writing, teaching of literary text and grammar through the four skills determined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Finally, the course examines methodologies of curriculum design and delivery (objectives, needs, abilities, performance, audience, teaching materials, course implementation, assessment, classroom practices, methods of teaching French as a foreign language).

FES 731 Technologies de l’information et de la communication dans la didactique du français langue étrangère

The course aims to teach French as a foreign language through information and communication technologies. The introduction of new technologies in schools as teaching tools can contribute to broadening horizons, enriching both teachers’ teaching approaches and practices and the position of the student in the process of learning French as a foreign language. More specifically, the course presents information and communication technologies in the teaching of French as a foreign language. The course focuses on the use of computers in language teaching and digital learning environments (computer applications with multimedia, hypermedia and the Internet).

FES 732 Acquisition des compétences linguistiques dans la communication orale et écrite du français langue étrangère

The course aims to present learning theories and more specifically strategies for the development of oral and written skills in the acquisition of French as a foreign language. In this context, the course examines the position of oral and written language in the various methodologies and in the communicative approach, the applications of textual linguistics in foreign language teaching and learning, and reading and writing activities. Finally, this course considers how to deal with learning difficulties in oral and written production (blocking, emotion, anxiety, self-esteem, motivation, formative self-assessment).

FES 733 Sociolinguistique et didactique du Français Langue Etrangère

Cognitive processes are widely studied in research on EFL learning. However, taking into account the context and social actors involved in learning is increasingly the subject of research and has become one of the major areas of development in the field of language teaching and acquisition. The course is structured around four variables involved in the teaching and learning process and we work on the consequences and implications of their variation in the preparation of lessons, the course of the class, the expected results, etc. These variables are the following in a sociolinguistic perspective of current didactics: the role of the social context; the role of the social actors and in particular the role of the identities of the social actors involved and the importance of emotions in learning; the role of the textbooks and of any pedagogical support; the role of the language chosen to be taught and the role of the language chosen to teach.

FES 734 Didactique de la grammaire du Français Langue Etrangère 

The course examines modern ways of teaching grammar. The teaching of grammatical structures and rules of the French language is inductive, especially at beginner levels, as it starts with relative examples from the unit texts (i.e. it is contextualised as required by modern communication-oriented language didactics). Grammar is not an independent discipline, but a part of the language course as one of the areas that make up the individual’s communication skills (as is vocabulary, oral production and comprehension etc.). Thus, grammar is presented as a structure and function, as a means of effecting communication, as a means of stylistic differentiation, as a means of textual cohesion and as the mechanism of text modulation. Students will be able to know that grammatical phenomena refer not only to structure and rules, but also to function and their communicative use: as alternative means of producing a linguistic action in a textual setting.

FES 735 Approche pédagogique du texte littéraire francophone

In this course, literature is seen as a means of acquiring cognitive tools for learning the French language. The aim of this course is to enable students to use a French literary text for communication and action. More specifically, through classical and contemporary French literary texts, grammatical phenomena of the French language, specific expressions and structures and their function in the linguistic and textual environment are addressed and studied. Finally, through literary articulation the course proposes answers to the following questions: How can we put the literary into communicative competence? How can literature, linguistic, socio-cultural, pragmatic and discourse skills be articulated? How can reading ability be articulated? What knowledge and provisions should be invested in this pathway?

FES 736 Stratégies d’apprentissage de la langue française : analyse d’erreurs et d’évaluation

The course aims to analyse errors and evaluation in the learning of French as a foreign language. More specifically, it focuses on identifying, recording and attempting to interpret the frequent errors that appear in the writing of Greek learners of French. The survey is based on the learners’ corpus showing which linguistic elements have a frequency of error and on which the teacher should pay more attention. The study and analysis of errors can lead to conclusions about the cognitive and linguistic processes involved in language learning. Finally, it raises a key question posed by the error analysis process from a communication perspective: What is the outcome? What should be evaluated? When? How? Why?

FES 737 Enseignement expérientiel du français langue étrangère (méthode du projet)

The course presents a new technique for learning French as a foreign language which emphasises the role of experience in the learning process. Through experiential teaching, the teacher stimulates the students, coordinates the process of knowledge by emphasising the important role that experience plays in the learning process, the relationships in the classroom, the daily life of the students and the Francophone social reality. The learner actively knows the object itself and knows the content. It has active participation in activities such as research, fieldwork, observation, interviews, simulations, creative compositions, etc. Within this design the course aims to improve communication and cooperation between learner and teacher for the development of cultural knowledge and attitudes in French-speaking environments.

FES 749 Travail de fin d’études DID

The Master thesis is a relatively autonomous educational process where the knowledge acquired during the study programme has to be used and applied. In particular, the student seeks to acquire expertise in a specific subject in order to be able to draw conclusions that will be of particular scientific interest.

2. Department of Educational Sciences see the descriptions at the Department of Educational Sciences)

  • EDU 620 Introduction à la Gestion Éducative
  • EPA 603 Éducation comparée
  • EDU 610 Evaluation de Programmes Éducatifs
  • EDU 617 Gestion de l’Éducation et du Changement
  • EDU 621 Exploitation et Développement des Ressources Humaines
  • EDU 622 Organisation et Gestion Scolaire
  • EDU 623 Observation et Évaluation didactique du personnel éducatif
  • EDU 624 Planification et Prise de décision dans l’Éducation
  • EDU 625 L’ Application des Nouvelles Technologies dans la Gestion scolaire
  • EDU 627 Introduction d’innovations dans l’éducation
  • EDU 628 Aspects politiques de l’éducation
  • EDU 629 Le Leadership éducatif
  • EDU 630 Aspects financiers de l’éducation
  • EDU 631 Efficacité et Progrès Scolaire
  • EDU 649 Gestion éducative en Europe
  • EDU 642 Principes de base de l’évaluation dans l’enseignement
  • EDU 635 Comportement organisationnel et leadership

 

3. Department of Psychology (see the descriptions at the Department of Psychology)

  • PSY 610 Psychologie dans l’Éducation
  • PSY 620 Apprentissage et Cognition
  • PSY 630 Théories Contemporaines du Développement Humain
  • PSY 637 Développement et Contexte Social
  • PSY 701 Psychologie de la Didactique
  • PSY 715 Développement et troubles linguistiques
  • PSY 712 Sciences cognitives
  • PSY 605 Psychométrie
  • PSY 616 Représentations cognitives
  • PSY 617 Psychologie de l’Orientation
  • PSY 707 Famille et Développement de l’enfant

For information on the current semester’s programme, please consult the Semester Programmes in the Students’ Area. 

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