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From improvisation to formal debate

De l’improvisation au débat formel

Revue « Études en didactique des langues » n°39

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Published on Wednesday, November 03, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Spontaneous speaking and oral interaction between students are necessary in foreign language teaching and learning. One of the key educational issues in teaching, and particularly in pre-vocational learning, is that of expressing oneself well orally, of convincing and persuading through speech, through example, through discourse. This EDL issue aims at considering the various forms of debating within the foreign language acquisition process.

Announcement

Argument

Spontaneous speaking and oral interaction between students are necessary in foreign language teaching and learning. One of the key educational issues in teaching, and particularly in pre-vocational learning, is that of expressing oneself well orally, of convincing and persuading through speech, through example, through discourse. However, the field of speaking is a complex and delicate one to grasp. Teaching speaking or practising it in an academic situation is not an easy task. “Orality is elusive in its nature and social status, in its varied forms, and difficult to integrate in an academic setting because of its materiality”, as Dolz and Schneuwly (2016: 20) state. Moreover, speech is specific to each person, to the way each person appropriates a language and develops her/his language skills.

Dating back to antiquity, the art of communicating and the art of debating, as they are known today in our Western civilisation, inspired the current forms of formal or academic debates. There is a certain current craze for public speaking through eloquence contexts or the Grand Oral as part of the baccalaureate. Activities of this type in the academic environment can be varied (improvised discussion in pairs or small groups, controversies, topical issues, etc.) and meet multiple objectives such as listening to others, expressing one’s opinion, qualifying one’s remarks, arguing and convincing. In secondary education, the implementation of these practices is recommended in the curricula (De Pietro & Gagnon, 2013). In higher education, they seem to remain insufficient. As for formal debate activities, they place orality in a constrained form and rely on a written preparation of a speech in order for the speech to be effective. The speech that emanates from oral interactions of this type is situated in registers ranging from spontaneous oral production to controlled oral production (Alaez Galan, 2020).

Submission guidelines

Complete contributions should be sent directly, as there is no preliminary selection of proposals. They may be written in French or English. Manuscripts (between 6,000 and 10,000 words), addressing one of the subjects above, will respect the style sheet available on-line. The manuscripts should be sent by email to <edl@lairdil.fr>

before 30 June 2022

to be published in issue number 39 of EDL/FLLTR in December 2022.

Chief editor

Nicole Décuré (Professeure émérite - Université Toulouse 3)

Executive board

  • Claire Chaplier (MCF HDR - Université Toulouse 3),
  • Elizabeth Crosnier (MCF Honoraire - Université Toulouse 3),
  • Karine Duvignau (Professeure - Toulouse 2),
  • Pierre Frath, Professeur émérite - Université de Reims),
  • Laura M. Hartwell (Professeure - Université Toulouse 1),
  • Dominique Macaire (Professeure - Université de Lorraine),
  • Jean-Paul Narcy-Combes (Professeur émérite - Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3).

Article selection process

Manuscripts for FLLTR ou PLE must be submitted to edl@lairdil.fr by the deadline indicated in the call for papers. The style sheet must be respected even at this early stage. The Editorial board acknowledges receipt of articles and, on the basis of their relevance, agrees to consider or reject them, or provides advice for improvement or guidance. These proposals for articles are submitted to two peer-reviewers with different profiles and belonging to an institution different from that of the author(s) of the article. They also receive the call for papers and an evaluation grid to assist them in their work. The evaluation period will not exceed three months. If there is a contradiction between the evaluations, a third or even a fourth opinion is requested. The evaluation reports, as well as the articles annotated by the referees, are sent to the authors who make the requested corrections or justify any refusal. When the corrected article is returned, the Editorial board verifies that the requested corrections have been made and, if necessary, solicits the experts who requested the corrections. In fine, the editorial board decides whether to accept or reject the article, notifies the authors of its decisions and, in case of refusal, justifies its decision. Additional clarifications and/or corrections may be requested from authors throughout the journal's editing process.

Warning

Papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.  Manuscripts which have been published elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by FLLTR should not be submitted to other publications at the same time.

References

  • Alaez Galan, M. 2020. L’activité de débat en espagnol dans le secteur Lansad. Thèse de doctorat, Université de Toulouse.
  • De Pietro, J.-F. & Gagnon, R. 2013. Former les élèves à argumenter et à prendre leur place dans l’espace public : l’enseignement du débat à l’école. Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée 98, 155-179.
  • Dolz, J. & Schneuwly, B. 2016. Pour un enseignement de l’oral : initiation aux genres formels à l’école. Paris : ESF éditeur.

Date(s)

  • Thursday, June 30, 2022

Attached files

Keywords

  • langue étrangère, discours oral, débat, argumentation, rhétorique

Contact(s)

  • Elisabeth Crosnier
    courriel : elisabeth [dot] crosnier [at] orange [dot] fr

Information source

  • Elisabeth Crosnier
    courriel : elisabeth [dot] crosnier [at] orange [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« From improvisation to formal debate », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, November 03, 2021, https://calenda.org/927924

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