Gramligne: Learning and Teaching Grammar in Text for the Second Language Classroom

LLED 421 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • A written text for each module: narrative, descriptive, informative, injunctive, argumentative and direct and indirect discourse
  • Participation by doing the activities on the website and providing ideas of resources
  • On-line discussion
  • One text grammar mini-unit on one linguistic pattern


This online course is taught entirely in French. This is not a course for beginners of French.

The purpose of this online course is to help French as second language teachers to improve their linguistic and metalinguistic knowledge in French as well as their pedagogy in grammar teaching through a reflexive process of guided observation and analysis of language discourse in authentic texts corresponding to different functions of language (i.e., past tense related to narration). They will also learn how to teach text grammar with the same process in their classroom. A secondary objective is for teachers to collect resources to teach French in their classroom.

Anyone who is admissible to UBC can register for credit in this online course. Students must be fluent in French as the course is entirely in French and at a high level. There are two levels, Intermediate and Advanced, which correspond to the Core French students and French immersion students. This is not a course for beginners of French.  This course is for students who are fluent in French but need to work on their accuracy and understanding of linguistic structures as they serve as tools to communicate. It is also a course that teaches future or current teachers of French how to teach grammar in a communicative way from the observation of texts. At the same time, students learn about grammatical rules in French needed to communicate with accuracy.


Students will:

  1. Become familiar with the latest research on grammar teaching in second language classrooms.
  2. Understand and recognize the communicative functions of texts (narrative, descriptive, informative, injunctive and argumentative) and the linguistic patterns associated with those functions.
  3. Understand the rules of usage of the linguistic patterns corresponding to each type of text through guided observation and deduction.
  4. Apply their understanding and knowledge of the linguistic patterns in communicative games or short messages.
  5. Practice writing texts with various communicative functions using the linguistic patterns necessary to these communications.
  6. Prepare lessons to teach text grammar in the classroom.
  7. Understand how to search and collect resources that will help teach language in the classroom.


This is an online course offered on Canvas – Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.

There is no textbook required.


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Latest Revision on: October 26, 2018