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This subject will build on the grammatical, lexical and cultural knowledge and the oral skills acquired in French 1 and 2. The course also stresses the productive aspect of language use in practical situations by means of regular small-group activities. In terms of cultural knowledge, students will increase their historical awareness of the background to the birth of Republic. The key character and moment around which the cultural content of the subject will be articulated is “Molière, theatre and the arts in 17th Century France”. Using materials on these topics, the subject will build on the formal study of French by developing the competences needed for résumé. Students will be given the tools to become active storytellers through the study of narrative/historical tenses (présent, passé composé/imparfait, passé simple), third-person narrative, and the logical connectors needed for cohesive discourse. The subject will systematically relate the structures encountered in the scripts of the films and in written texts to a reference grammar, and will teach students how to use that grammar for their own investigation of the mechanisms of syntax and grammatical rules. Students will also learn how to use a French monolingual dictionary to discover the grammatical and semantic information they need for processing texts.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have gained an appreciation of current French Language through the confident use of everyday oral and written French at level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
- have gained a cultural awareness of one specialized field (17th Century French kingdom and its arts) in at least one of the three core areas of French literature, linguistics, and cultural studies (film);
- have consolidated their mastery of linguistic techniques used to express and summarize their ideas in French both orally and in written (i.e opinion piece, summary);
- be able to further reflect on their identity as a bicultural and bilingual person and as a global citizen;
- have learned to write short writing pieces in French and learned to manage and perform a group oral project in French;
- be able to make wide use of learning and research technologies in French and English.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have consolidated skills in independent learning;
- have 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;
- 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;
- have developed reflective skills based on acquired learning.
Last updated: 26 November 2022