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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. This subject also provides students with a Work Integrated Learning opportunity. In this subject, students will develop advanced written and oral skills in French. Students will learn how to structure and present developed texts of various genres by the use of academic research. 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 an object represented in and by that culture.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Use sophisticated oral and written French at level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages
- Identify three specialised fields (19th, 20th, 21st century) in at least one of the three core areas of French literature, linguistics, and cultural (cinema) studies
- Describe the wider literary or linguistic methods used in the specialist fields of French Studies (eg close reading) by developing analytical skills
- Gain the capacity to engage in intercultural dialogue taking into consideration the diverse needs of the French Studies academic and professional communities
- Locate and critically analyse pertinent research literature in both French and English through self-directed small research projects
- Proficiently employ learning and research technologies in French and English.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- Have developed research skills - through frequent 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, text writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments
- Be able to communicate effectively in a range of written and oral genres in professional contexts in French
- Have developed a critical awareness/openness to a global world - through the contextualisation of opinions and knowledge - and be able to discuss social, political, historical and cultural contexts
- Be able to identify and formulate arguments intelligibly through assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations.
Last updated: 22 November 2023