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Following the focus on advanced oral skills at French 6, students will now develop advanced writing skills. Building on their mastery of résumé and synthèse acquired in previous subjects students will learn how to structure and present more developed essays, such as French “dissertations”. This will be done working with the theme, “The culture of the language” in which French is viewed not only as the principal vehicle of French culture; it is also as an object represented in and by that culture. This subject rounds out the study of French by examining traditions that have shaped the understanding of what “French” is for French speakers around the world. The subject is a formal prerequisite for entry into Honours in French.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have gained an appreciation of academic French through the confident use of sophisticated oral and written French at level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
- have gained comprehensive knowledge of three specialized fields (19th, 20th, 21st century) in at least one of the three core areas of French literature, linguistic and cultural (cinema) studies;
- have gained in-depth understanding of literary or linguistic methods used in the specialist fields of French Studies (eg close reading) as well as of general research and analytical skills;
- have additionally gained the capacity to engage in intercultural dialogue taking into consideration the diverse needs of the French Studies academic community;
- have learned to do self-directed small research projects in the field of French Studies and to locate and critically analyse pertinent research literature in both French and English;
- be able to proficiently employ learning and research technologies in French and English.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to time manage and plan - through managing and organizing workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion and revision for examinations;
- have developed research skills - through frequent and systematic use of the library and other information sources, the definition of areas of inquiry and familiarisation with research methods;
- have developed critical thinking and analytical skills - through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments;
- be able to think in theoretical and analytical terms - through lectures, tutorial discussion, essay writing and engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences;
- have an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world - through the contextualisation of opinions and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of French culture, and by formulating arguments;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically - through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
- have developed reflective skills through the completion of a dedicated task.
Last updated: 3 October 2023