Prof. Anita Thomas

© Alan Humerose


Full Professor of French as a foreign language

Research Interests

  • Acquisition, learning, and teaching of French as a foreign/ second language
  • Influence of input, input and interaction, levels of acquisition
  • Multilingualism and norms
  • Psycholinguistics, cognitive processes
  • French, second language acquisition, corpus linguistics, priming


Research projects (direction)


03.2024 - 02.2028

The goal of the project is to study the influence of teaching materials found in a compulsory school textbook on the learning of two grammatical phenomena. Following an analysis of the way in which these two phenomena are presented in the...


03.2016 - 12.2024

SWIKO is a multilingual learner corpus describing learner language according to principles of corpus-linguistics. The corpus is an umbrella project developed during the 2016–2019 research period and being further developed in the 2021–2024...


01.2021 - 12.2024

The aim of the DiCoi project is on the one hand to produce teaching material from recordings of authentic conversations (spoken language corpora) and on the other hand to describe the longitudinal development of interaction skills (over 2...


01.2018 - 12.2023

The purpose of this project is to study the ‟comprehension‟ aspect of oral interaction competence. More specifically, this involves studying the linguistic and cultural characteristics of comprehension in oral interactions as well as testing...


01.2018 - 12.2019

The main goal of this project is to compile an inventory of existing corpora containing productions of learners of German and French as a foreign language; a further objective is defining gaps and needs in this area.  


01.2018 - 12.2019

This project culminates in a book in four languages that is designed for the general public. In the book, roughly 40 expressions in Rhaeto-Romanic (all idioms), Italian, German (including examples in Swiss German) and French are compared....


01.2013 - 01.2019

The aim of this project is to investigate the potential uses of research corpora in teaching. This long-term project is carried out in collaboration with other research groups in Switzerland and France, in particular in Lyon as part of the...


01.2017 - 12.2018

Financed by Fond d’Innovation de la Faculté des lettres, University of Fribourg The aim of this project is to test the use of the digital collaborative writing tool FRAMAPAD to support the note-taking skills of allophone...