Field of Research (FoR)
Dr. Peters is Senior Lecturer in French studies and convenor of the European Languages and Cultures unit in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW, Sydney. He received his Master in Romance Philology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and his PhD in French linguistics from the Pennsylvania State University. Before his arrival at UNSW, Sydney, in 2005, he taught for 8 years in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at...view more
Dr. Peters is Senior Lecturer in French studies and convenor of the European Languages and Cultures unit in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW, Sydney. He received his Master in Romance Philology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and his PhD in French linguistics from the Pennsylvania State University. Before his arrival at UNSW, Sydney, in 2005, he taught for 8 years in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and held research positions at the University of Brussels Phonetic Institute and in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Geneva. His research interests include pedagogical approaches to the grammar of French (in collaboration with C. Laenzlinger, University of Geneva), the syntax of French, the teaching of French, and second language acquisition of French.
Some representative publications:
On pedagogical approaches to the grammar of French:
- Laenzlinger C; Peters H, 2016, Des savoirs linguistiques aux savoirs scolaires. L'accès à la grammaire par le lexique, Editions Lambert-Lucas, Limoges, France.
- Laenzlinger C; Peters H; Moeschler J, 2012, Didactique du lexique et enseignement de la grammaire, in Kamber A, Skupien-Dekens C (eds.) Recherches récentes en FLE (Series: Mehrsprachigkeit in Europa/Multilingualism in Europe - Volume 6), Peter Lang, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, pp. 147-173.
On second language acquisition of French:
- Peters H, 2019, 'Asymmetric self-repair in gender attribution', in Degand L; Gilquin G; Meurant L; Simon AC (eds.), Fluency and Disfluency across Languages and Language Varieties (Series: Corpora and Language in Use), Presses universitaires de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, pp. 261 - 281.
- Péters H, 2017, 'Comportements d'autocorrection et d'hésitation manifestés par les apprenants de FLE au cours de conversations orales spontanées', Bulletin VALS-ASLA, No Spécial, Tome 2, pp. 133 - 145.
- Peters H, 2017, The UWI French L2 Corpus. SLA-Bank Talkbank doi:10.21415/T5G975.
On the syntax of French:
- Péters H, 2014, 'The morpho-syntactic status of ne and its effect on the syntax of imperative sentences', Journal of French Language Studies, vol. 24, pp. 49 - 81.
On teaching French:
- Peters H, 2020, 'Gender-inclusivity and gender-neutrality in foreign language teaching: The case of French', Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 3, pp. 183 - 195
- Peters H, 2018, 'Parcours d'enseignement de l'argumentation par le pastiche', In Online proceedings of the 2018 FATFA/NAFT conference, The university of Sydney, Sydney, pdf. presented at the Congrès de la Fédération des Associations de Professeurs de Français en Australie/New South Wales Association of French Teachers, Sydney, 27 September 2018 - 30 September 2018.
- Peters H; Tabensky A, 2011, 'Comment faire entrer le monde francophone dans la salle de classe', In Meunier J; Atherton B; Grauby F; Royer M (eds.), Le français et la diversité francophone en Asie-Pacifique. Actes du 2ème Congrès de la CAP - FIPF Sydney 2010 (pp. 231 - 241), Gerflint, Sydney.
Older articles on French poetry:
- Peters H, 1997, 'De part en part, mordent les vers des maladies. Analyse métrique d'un poème de Verhaeren', Études Francophones, 12(2), 113-126.
- Peters H, 1992, Comparaison entre Bruges-la-Morte et Les Gommes. Écritures de la Modernité', Présence Francophone, 41, 74-96.
BA/MA: Université Libre de Bruxelles, PhD: The Pennsylvania State University, Teaching Certificate: Université Libre de Bruxelles/UNSW
Recipient of the “Distinguished Researcher” award, Mona Campus, from the Office of the Principal, in recognition of outstanding research in the Faculty of Arts and Education, UWI, Mona (Oct. 11, 2001) http://old.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20011106/lead/lead4.html
My Research Activities
My current research is on the acquisition of French as a second language, on the syntax of French, and on pedagogical approaches to the grammar of French.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
I am available for supervision in areas of Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and all areas of French studies. I have supervised:
- Xinyue Yao. The present perfect in English: meaning interpretation and use. UNSW, Sydney (2014)
- Abdullah Alghamdi (joint-supervision with Mengistu Amberber). From root to nunation: the morphology of Arabic nouns. UNSW, Sydney (2015)
BA Honours & MA theses:
- Miranda Shatwell. Conceptions of the national language, the nation and national identity in 19th century France. UNSW, Sydney (2011)
- Matthew Haultain-Gall (joint supervision with Peter Schrijvers). De soldat à citoyen. la sortie de guerre de la 1ère division australienne en Belgique 1918-1919. UNSW, Sydney (2012).
- Claire Linwood. Les antinomies de la justice: L'idée républicaine et la discrimination positive dans l'enseignement supérieur français. UNSW, Sydney (2014)
- Renée Gail Davy (joint supervision with Michele Kennedy). Syntactic Transfer in the Written Language of Jamaican High School Students Learning Spanish as a Foreign Language, UWI, Mona (2016).
I regularly teach all levels of French language from the introductory level to the professional level.
Most recently, I have convened:
- the Professional electives (in French):
ARTS3486 Approaches to Spoken French in 2019
ARTS3488 French Discourse Studies in 2018
- the Contextual studies electives (in English):
ARTS2485 Exploring French Linguistics in 2019
ARTS2486 The French speaking world in 2016
- the French language courses:
ARTS2480 Intermediate French A in 2019
ARTS2481 Intermediate French B in 2019
ARTS3483 Professional French B in 2018