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The subject will follow the motto of the French Republic and explore the cultural, social and political aspects linked to these concepts. It will build on the skills developed in French 3 for the purpose of résumé and narrative competencies in oral and written form and expand into more complex sentences and verb forms (subjunctive, gerund, present and past participles). Work on discourse structure will continue.
The material used will centre on the important events of the 19th century that will see the gradual consolidation of the republican system through a succession of empires, monarchies and republics. Students will explore modern representations in film and other media of these events, and demonstrate their relevance for the understanding of today’s French-speaking world.
The concepts of “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” will be explored in relationship to the revolutions of that century, the evolution of the legal system and the development of the French colonial empire. Students will undertake small research projects on “key personalities” – significant historical figures and their influence.
The study of the documents will be associated with the use of a reference grammar and a French monolingual dictionary to discover semantic, syntactic and lexical information they need for processing texts on these topics.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have consolidated their skills in French, incorporating reading and writing, speaking and listening comprehension;
- show an increased awareness and understanding of French-speaking cultures throughout the world;
- have consolidated their ability to write a summary (résumé) of an authentic text in French;
- have developed their ability to present their work orally in French;
- have developed reflective skills based on acquired learning;
- have increased autonomy in their study of the French language and French-speaking cultures.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to consolidate skills in independent learning;
- be able to consolidate skills in critical thinking and in the interpretation of texts;
- have an extensive understanding of the social and cultural sensitivity of language use in particular contexts;
- have the ability 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