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This subject offers students an introduction to the study of language and culture in the French Studies discipline. The subject is designed to equip students who have little or no previous study of the French language with the skills necessary to become independent language learners, and to develop awareness and understanding of French-speaking cultures throughout the world. While developing mastery of the basic grammatical structures of the language, students will begin interpreting and discussing authentic documents in French, including short written texts, for example poems and proverbs, and audiovisual material such as songs and advertisements. Class work and assessment will focus on the development of reading and writing skills via the interpretation of authentic texts, and also on oral communication skills, including listening comprehension, pronunciation, and discussion of the texts studied. Students will undertake a group project on an aspect of French-speaking cultures. Throughout the semester, students will develop increasing autonomy in their study of the French language and French-speaking cultures throughout the world.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed basic skills in French, incorporating reading and writing, speaking and listening comprehension equivalent to oral and written French at level A1 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
- have gained an understanding of key issues and concepts in one or more of the four core areas of modern French and Francophone literature, linguistics, cinema and cultural studies;
- have gained an understanding of critical approaches to French and Francophone Studies as well as of general research and analytical skills;
- be able to reflect on their position as a developing multicultural person and as a global citizen through the analysis of the social and cultural processes represented in the French and Francophone texts and films studied;
- have learned to do self-directed small research projects in the field of French and Francophone Studies;
- have made wide use of learning and research technologies in French and English.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed skills in independent learning;
- have developed skills in critical thinking and in the interpretation of texts;
- be able to understand the social and cultural sensitivity of language use in particular contexts;
- be able to appreciate different cultural contexts present in French-speaking communities;
- be able to time manage and plan: through managing and organising workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion and revision for examinations.
Last updated: 20 February 2021