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Publication Date

Spring 2012

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


World Languages and Literatures


Danielle Trudeau

Subject Areas

Foreign language instruction


Among the most challenging aspects of learning French as a foreign language is mastering the conjugation, use and pronunciation of verb tenses. Vietnamese speakers constitute a group of learners who must at the same time learn the various forms and their syntactic application.

The purpose of this study is to lay out principles for teaching French verbs, regular verbs in particular, in the present, past and future tenses of the indicative mood specifically to Vietnamese speakers beginning their French language studies taking into account various interlingual aspects, such as pronunciation habits of Vietnamese native speakers, missing consonants in the Vietnamese language and phonetic correction of pronunciation errors.

From the traditional grammar-translation to the aural-oral or audio-visual method, all approaches have their strong and weak points. These approaches are presented, analyzed and commented in order to find the most efficacious means of teaching the proper use of verb tenses to a Vietnamese speaker. The method we propose to teach the proper use of French verb tenses entails ensuring students acquire a clear and correct pronunciation of French syllables in verbs and use them in various parts of sentences and grammar structures at each step of the acquisition process.