The Advanced Learner Variety

The Case of French

by Emmannuelle Labeau (Volume editor) Florence Myles (Volume editor)
©2009 Conference proceedings 298 Pages


This volume originates from a workshop entitled ‘Revisiting advanced varieties in L2 learning’ organized by the editors at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) in June 2006. It consists of a peer-reviewed selection of the best contributions.
Many different approaches have been used in the study of advanced learners and their characteristics. Specific areas of language have repeatedly been found to remain problematic even at advanced levels, and much empirical research has been carried out. In particular, areas of grammar such as the tense or agreement systems often pose difficulties, as well as lexical idiosyncrasies such as formulaic sequences, and the discourse/pragmatic constraints operating in French. This volume brings together recent research exploring the advanced learner capabilities in each of those domains, as well as possible explanations for the difficulties they raise for the L2 learner of French. Additionally, one of the areas which has received considerable attention in the French L2 literature on advanced learners, tense and aspect, is also explored from the point of view of French learners of English, to explore any parallels. In presenting this research, the book clarifies the concept of the advanced learner: how does s/he differ from native speakers and why?


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (October)
Französisch Fremdsprachenunterricht Verb morphology Anglophone learner Syntax Phrasological unit Birmingham (2006) Kongress
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. 298 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Emmannuelle Labeau (Volume editor) Florence Myles (Volume editor)

The Editors: Emmanuelle Labeau studied French Language and Literature at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) where she was also awarded teacher qualifications for L1 and L2 French. She has been teaching since 1995 at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) where she is now a Senior Lecturer in French Language and Linguistics. Her research interests are tense and aspect in French, both in acquisition and in language description. She has been the secretary of the Association for French Language Studies (AFLS) since 2005. Florence Myles is Professor of French Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK. She studied at the University of Sheffield and lectured at the University of Southampton until 2004. Her research interests are in second language acquisition, especially of French morphosyntax. She is currently Vice-President of the European Second Language Association (EuroSla) and Editor of the Journal of French Language Studies.


Title: The Advanced Learner Variety