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.

The purpose of this online course is to help French as second language teachers, French teacher candidates, and other students of French, to enhance their linguistic and metalinguistic knowledge of the language, as well as their pedagogy in French grammar teaching. Course participants will be guided through a reflexive process of 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 teaching resources for their classrooms.

Anyone who is admissible to UBC can register for credit in this online course. Please note, this is not a course for beginners of French. Students must be a minimum DELF B1 level in French to register. This course is intended for those who wish to work on their accuracy and understanding of linguistic structures and functions as tools of communication. It is also a course that offers future or current teachers of French a means of teaching grammar in a communicative way from the observation of texts.


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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Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Latest Revision on: March 21, 2019