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La règle tue, la littérature vivifie

Abstract : The role of literature in the FLE (French as a Foreign Language) classroom is currently a divisive topic among the scholars and practitioners in the field of language teaching and learning. It was not a problem in the past as, in many cases, grammarians and lexicologists used to adopt the literary texts of great authors to illustrate their descriptions of the language. This is still the case in some well-known grammar books (e.g., Grevisse, Wagner/Pinchon, Riegel/Pellat/Rioul), as well as in reputable dictionaries such as the Collins Robert or the Larousse. However, this issue is inseparable from a larger one, which is the tension that has always existed between grammar and literature, resulting from the deviation created by the writers’ use of language from the usual language. Despite that, the main focus of the grammatical reflections in FLE classes and their teachers still need to be responsible for making such language use transparent to their students. In order to understand a writer’s language, a learner not only needs to grasp the cultural complexity embedded in the language, he or she also needs to be able to penetrate the writer’s idiosyncratic and unique ways of expressions in his/her works. Usually, after their basic study of French, the learners will find that this language is made up of multiple nuances and subtleties, fixed more by use than logical constraints. The difficulties are such that we can see even experienced writers are struggling in their writing. In our study, we will examine some grammatical questions raised by some of these authors, so that many uncertainties noticed by them will reassure our learners. They will discover that they are not the only ones who have to struggle to learn this language, whose mastery requires great patience and efforts to assimilate its ways of wording and expressions, both ordinary and literary.
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An-Chyun Jeng. La règle tue, la littérature vivifie. Cahiers FoReLLIS - Formes et Représentations en Linguistique, Littérature et dans les arts de l'Image et de la Scène, Université de Poitiers, 2020, Quelle littérature aujourd’hui en classe de FLE ? Epilogue. ⟨halshs-03105547⟩



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