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This subject focuses on French language as a practical tool to communicate in authentic situations by means of regular activities both inside and outside the classroom. In terms of cultural knowledge, students will increase their historical awareness of France and French-speaking countries through a study of the French playwright Molière and 17th-century Europe and beyond. Using a variety of authentic materials on these topics, the subject will build on the formal study of French by developing the skills needed for oral and written comprehension and expression in France and French-speaking countries today. Students will be given the grammatical and lexical tools needed to become active storytellers. The subject will regularly relate the grammar rules studied in class to real-life contexts as well as to the structures encountered in the texts, films, and plays linked to the period studied and to contemporary French-speaking cultures.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Confidently use written and oral French at level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages
- Demonstrate a cultural awareness of one specialised field in at least one of the three core areas of French literature, linguistics, and cultural studies
- Consolidate their mastery of linguistic techniques in French in both oral and written expression
- Reflect on their identity as a transcultural and multilingual person and as a global citizen
- Acquire skills to write short writing pieces in French and to manage and perform a group oral project in French
- 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 consolidated 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.
Last updated: 22 November 2023