n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - L'autobiographie comme introduction à la critique dans l'enseignement du français langue étrangère (niveaux avancés)

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



Curricula designed for the teaching of French as a foreign language usually exclude literary theory, which is considered as a meta-science reserved for first language speakers only. This article postulates that postgraduate (i.e. Honours) students of French as a foreign language should also be introduced to the underlying theories of their discipline. The theoretical debate which surrounds autobiography is proposed as a point of departure to initiate the student into the field of literary criticism. This essay suggests a case for autobiography as a field of study to which a student can relate with greater ease. Theoretical and critical reflection on literature, which is by definition an activity of a highly abstract and academic nature, would thus become more accessible to students whose French is still far from perfect.

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