French is one of the world's major international languages: it is spoken by over 200 million people in 43 countries, on five continents. Knowledge of French may increase access to careers in international relations, development studies, business, science and the arts among others.
The overall objective of the French specialisation in the Graduate Certificate in Arts is French language acquisition and to teach students to process information from a wide variety of materials in French, both written and spoken, and to produce accounts and discussions of that information in a variety of forms that allow the appreciation of French and Francophone cultures in a differentiated and informed way.
Students will start at an entry level that is based on the results of their Placement Test or subject to approval from the head of the French program.
Intended learning outcomesOn completion of this specialisation, students should be able to:
- Independently apply a wide range of learning techniques including the use of technologies (in French and English) as autonomous, motivated, self-directed and well-organised learners.
- Apply relevant research and analytical skills combined with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship.
- Appreciate French and Francophone cultures in a differentiated and informed way.
- Engage critically and to constructively in intercultural dialogue as a bi/multicultural and bi/multilingual person and as a global citizen.
- Act confidently in French-speaking milieus and target cultures, and work effectively in a cooperative way using French and English as media.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats, comprehending and producing French discourse with fluency (relative to entry level) and appreciate its cultural contexts.
Last updated: 17 December 2021