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This subject offers students who have completed French 1, or equivalent, an increasing immersion into the study of the French language and of French-speaking cultures throughout the world. Students will develop further autonomy in their study of more sophisticated grammatical structures of the language and in their interpretation of the cultural reference of authentic texts. These documents will be of greater complexity in relation to the previous semester’s work and will include written texts, for example poems and proverbs, and audio-visual material such as songs and a feature film. Students will undertake a research project on an aspect of French-speaking cultures. Reading and writing skills will be developed through the interpretation of authentic texts in French. Oral communication skills will be developed through more sophisticated listening comprehension and pronunciation exercises as well as an in-class oral presentation based on the research project and discussion of the texts studied.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed increasingly sophisticated skills in French, incorporating reading and writing, speaking and listening comprehension equivalent to oral and written French at level A2 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
- have gained further understanding of key issues and concepts in more than one of the four core areas of modern French and Francophone literature, linguistics, cinema and cultural studies;
- have further developed writing skills in French, including short compositions, diary entries, personal letters, simple role-play scenarios, on a variety of topics related to the areas of daily life and culture;
- have developed oral and public presentation skills in French in the classroom;
- have further developed organisational, communication and time management skills through carrying out online research and planning collaborative tasks, such as, oral presentations and other group assignments;
- be able to reflect critically on their position as a developing multicultural person and as a global citizen through the analysis of the social, historical and cultural processes represented in the French and Francophone texts and films studied;
- be able to make 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