The Sorbonne University Linguistics Center (CeLiSo – research team UR 7332) brings together all the faculty’s lecturers and researchers specialized in German, English, Dutch, Nordic and Slavic languages.
The activities of the Celiso Center are mainly focused on fundamental research. However these activities have a direct practical application in the field of foreign language teaching since all the researchers are also lecturers and take part in the training of the students attending the university, including students willing to become teachers themselves, in secondary or higher education.
The research conducted in German linguistics as part of the EuroGr@mm project led to the creation of online grammar courses designed from a contrastive perspective for advanced students and lecturers.
The researchers in English linguistics regularly produce publications for lecturers and teaching exams candidates (English CAPES and agrégation), as well as English textbooks for primary education, grammar textbooks for students in primary and secondary school and for undergraduates, as well as several types of pedagogical manuals (vocabulary learning, methods for autonomous learning).
A grammar book for Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian based on our team’s research was published in 2012. The previous grammar book in French had been published several decades prior. The researchers in Slavic languages also create content for the linguistics and grammar parts of the Russian and Polish CAPES and agrégation exams.
This direct impact of research on higher and secondary education is an answer to the growing need for an easy access to multilingualism in today’s Europe.
The CeLiSo research program is interdisciplinary at its core, which makes it truly innovative. Experts in various linguistic areas who traditionally belong to separate research teams (sections 11, 12 and 13 of the French National Universities Council) are thus brought together to work on common topics.
Five to six research seminars are organized every year, as well as one or two conferences, in addition to the other activities specific to each topic and each language.