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Semester 1 - Online
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This subject is intended primarily to foster students' writing skills, with a particular focus on academic writing. Students will analyse a range of academic texts and learn to identify and use the rhetorical features inherent to French academic discourses. In each text they will identify features of large-scale organisation, stylistic and rhetorical procedures and unfamiliar lexical items. They will also acquire an in-depth understanding of appropriate use of connectors and other rhetorical devices to (1) achieve meaning in a complex argumentative texts and (2) present and develop their own arguments in a clear, coherent and convincing fashion in both oral and written forms. Aspects of French grammar will be explored in context as difficulties occur. Although students undertaking thesis writing in French will find this subject particularly useful, students interested in the advanced mastery of French in both oral and written forms will find this subject rewarding.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have enhanced oral-aural communication skills required in normal and professional life, in particular for oral presentations (exposes, interviews, debates, etc.) by learning appropriate strategies and operating at various levels of formality;
- have enhanced their pronunciation, in particular acquisition of native-like patterns of delivery;
- have enhanced their ability to write and translate (French-English, English-French) texts of various length, in different registers (in particular French academic writing);
- have enhanced their mastery of a wide range of vocabulary related to the themes and genres studied in class;
- have enhanced their ability to analyse, discuss and use complex grammatical and discourse structures at sentence and text level.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have fostered linguistic competence, have an ability to analyse, discuss and use complex grammatical and discourse structures at sentence and text level.
Last updated: 11 February 2021