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QUINTERO RAMIREZ, Sara  and  VALENZUELA INDART, Nadia. Analysis of infinitive phrases, clauses and constructions in textbooks of French as a foreign language. Logos [online]. 2019, vol.29, n.2, pp.254-267. ISSN 0716-7520.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15443/rl2921.

In this study, we analyse the main sentential and supra-sentential functions of infinitives that are taught by the textbooks of a series called Tendances méthode de français. This paper has selected one of the textbooks that is widely used at French language institutes. We aim to identify the linguistic and discourse contents that the series of books study about the infinitive phrases, clauses and constructions and those contents that the series leaves aside. In the analysis, we observe that textbooks teach the functions of infinitive phrases at the level of the sentence. Nevertheless, textbooks do not consider the functions of infinitive clauses and constructions at a supra-sentential level. The results of this article contribute to the studies focused on the language teaching-learning process, in particular those centred on the French language teaching. Moreover, the importance of this study lies in the analysis of pedagogical materials that are currently used in non-French speaking countries.

Keywords : infinitives; phrases; clauses; independent constructions; textbooks.

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