ERIC Number: ED221035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Discours didactique scientifique et competence de communication (Didactic Scientific Discourse and Communicative Competence).
Cabut, Helene; And Others
The situation of foreign students arriving in Paris with no knowledge of French 3 months prior to their enrollment in science and engineering courses gave the impetus for the development of a set of exercises designed to train these students in the listening and writing skills they would need for their courses. Exercises were devised based on discursive analyses of video-taped lectures. These exercises are designed to help learners determine the problems of didactic discourse and find solutions to them. Learning objectives include not only understanding lectures and reading handouts, but also taking notes, asking questions during classes, and writing reports. In addition to specific training in the four language skills, video-taped simulations have been organized reproducing situations the students will have to face. These include: (1) note-taking from lectures and from blackboard diagrams and explanations; (2) reproducing a plan from a slide and annotating it from the lecturer's commentary; (3) writing down definitions; and (4) summing up reasoning processes, especially their logical sequences and structures. After students have learned to understand the major elements of oral discourse, training and exercises are provided in understanding the role of connectives, an essential element in the comprehension of scientific lectures. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nancy Univ., (France). Centre de Recherches et d'Applications Pedagogiques en Langues.
Note: In: Melanges Pedagogiques, 1981. p33-46.