Négociation et co-construction du sens en français langueétrangère (FLE) lors d'une immersion dans un environnement virtuel d'apprentissage (EVA)

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This study explored the developed and acquired critical competence of a group of American learners of French as a second language (L2), intermediate level, within a virtual learning environment (VLE). In this VLE, students had to resolve complex problems in a collaborative way. The study focused on the concept of negotiation and co-construction of meaning as a paradigmatic phenomenon of emerging critical competence for learners of a foreign language. It first aimed to evaluate the nature of discourse schemas produced by these learners when chatting in the VLE in order to find out what these schemas indicated about the quality of the critical competence of these learners. Furthermore, this study wanted to explore the learners' perception of the impact of their immersion within the VLE on the development of their critical competence in French in order to better inform the way VLEs should be used in foreign language courses. This study was based on a mixed methods research protocol that favoured the complementarity of quantitative and qualitative data in order to increase the results' validity and credibility.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)359-392
Number of pages34
JournalCanadian Modern Language Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • critical competence
  • mixed methodology
  • negotiation of meaning
  • second language
  • technological competence
  • virtual learning environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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