Building on the skills acquired during the time studying in a Francophone country, this module will aim to increase proficiency in the practice of different styles of French, both written and spoken. It will also enable students to master the techniques of extended essay writing in French. The content of the module will focus on the recent debates surrounding the legacy of France’s colonial past such as its impact on contemporary French society and the evolving notions of national identity.
Satisfactory completion of the course should enable students to:
Students must have successfully completed one of the following:
Two seminar hours in terms 1 and 2. There will be no timetabled teaching sessions in week 10 of term 2 to allow for individual consultations to discuss the end of year paper. In term 3, there will be one seminar in weeks 1 and 2 focusing primarily on consolidation of knowledge and language skills. Weeks 3 and 4 will focus on 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. Using authentic materials from a range of sources (television broadcast, newspaper articles, books, websites), particular emphasis will be given to developing students’ ability to present and analyse sources from a critical perspective. The medium of instruction is French.
Teaching materials and bibliographical references will be supplied during the course and uploaded onto the module VLE, which is the main port of call. Consultation of French daily newspapers and weekly magazines is essential for the students to keep up to date with current issues.
Feedback: Individuals will be given a feedback sheet for the oral examination, and will be allowed to see their essay with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition to these, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in social and intercultural awareness. By investigating current issues in societies where French is spoken, you will learn how historical and political events shape societies, how cultural expectations inform debates and how you can best communicate your understanding in French.
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French language and society III
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