This module is intended to enable students to acquire a knowledge of the key aspects of modern French culture and society. Through the analysis of a variety of written and aural materials, students will be able to develop their linguistic competencies as well as their cultural understanding. This is in order to allow them to achieve a high level of fluency and accuracy in their production of written and spoken French.
The module aims to develop students’ understanding of cultural differences and their capacity to adapt to different social expectations. It will familiarise students with a number of key French institutions such as the République, the educational system and the welfare state. It will also investigate the underlying principles which guide French society from a historical, social and political perspective. Students will be expected to discuss the current issues debated by the French media and political commentators as well as French people’s expectations of their society and the state.
Satisfactory completion of the course should enable students to:
Students must have successfully completed:
The module lasts the whole year. The programme will consist of two seminar hours per week. Weeks 3 and 4 of the summer term will focus on the oral presentations.
All the lessons are conducted as seminars in order to encourage discussion and interaction. Therefore, completing weekly tasks in preparation for class discussion is an essential part of students' commitment. The classes will cover a range of themes related to current issues in modern France. Particular emphasis will be given to the development of analytical and critical skills, using authentic materials from a range of sources (television broadcast, newspaper articles, books, websites). The medium of instruction is French.
Students should have a good monolingual French dictionary (either Le Petit Robert or Le Petit Larousse), and a good reference grammar (Towell and Hawkins (1996) OR Grevisse, Le Bon Usage).
Teaching materials will be supplied during the course, as will bibliographical references when necessary.
Feedback: Individuals will be given a feedback sheet for the oral examination, and will be allowed to see their exam paper with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.
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French language and society II
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