Summer 2021 - FREN 332 D100

Social Approaches to French (3)

Class Number: 3344

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    FREN 275 or 270 or LING 222.



The aim of this course is to offer students a comprehensive view of a set of issues pertaining to the French language in society. The topics studied in class include: social categories and language variation, new technologies and language evolution, language and identity, and language ideology.


L’objectif de ce cours est de sensibiliser l’étudiant-e à la langue française dans son contexte social en abordant des questions aussi diverses que celles liées à la variation inhérente à toute langue naturelle, à la performance des identités sexuelles, raciales, ethniques ainsi que celles liées aux idéologies linguistiques.

Ce cours qui se déroulera sous forme de séminaire et d’exercices pratiques sur la langue vise aussi à fournir à l’étudiant-e des outils théoriques pour l’étude des variétés diachroniques, diastratiques, diaphasiques et diatopiques du français.

Le cours reposera en grande partie sur l’analyse de corpus oraux (films, vidéo) et écrits. L’étudiant-e développera une pensée critique à travers une lecture attentive de textes théoriques fondamentaux de la sociolinguistique. 


À la fin du semestre, l’étudiant-e pourra :

  • Identifier les enjeux sociolinguistiques liés à la langue française
  • Décrire l’utilisation de la langue dans son contexte social
  • Procéder à une analyse minutieuse de certains phénomènes de variation
  • Discuter et critiquer, à travers des études de cas, différentes recherches sociolinguistiques
  • Esquisser un projet de recherche sociolinguistique 


  • Participation aux discussions de classe et leur lecture des textes 15%
  • Examen mi-session 30%
  • Papier de recherche original à rendre à la fin du semestre 40%
  • Présentation orale de la recherche originale à l’ensemble de la classe à partir de la seconde moitié du semestre 15%



Aucun ouvrage particulier n’est requis pour ce cours. L’enseignante fournira au début du premier cours une bibliographie complète d’ouvrages fortement recommandés. Les articles à lire en classe seront postés sur Canvas tout au long du semestre.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Code of Academic Honesty
The Department of French applies the university's policy and procedures governing matters of academic dishonesty in all French courses. Students registered in French courses are expected to respect the standards laid out in SFU's Code of Academic Honesty, published at the university website Evidence of any of the various forms of Academic Disonesty described in this policy document (section 3.0) will be dealt with accordingly to the specified Procedure and Penalties (section 5.0). Students should therefore read this policy document carefully.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).