While research has been undertaken in the field of French as a first language concerning the extent of the reader/writer's engagement in constrained writing exercises, it is notable that in the field of French as a foreign language, however, very little work has as yet been undertaken. In this article, we analyse the signs of engagement that are apparent in the product of a constrained writing exercise that involved the insertion of a new event into the existing storyline, written by adult students of French at CECR level A1-A2 in response to reading the book Pochée by Florence Seyvos, a work published for young readers. The research was undertaken in a university context at The Australian National University (Canberra) and involved 26 students of French. The results of the analysis reveal an abundant tracery of involvement, and also show the relevance of ambitious writing exercises at a relatively low level of mastery of the target language.
|Translated title of the contribution||A constrained writing task and the engagement of the reader/writer of French as a foreign language|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|