French Language & Society III - LAN00008H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Geraldine Enjelvin
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This module focuses 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.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

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. Particular emphasis will be given to developing students ability to present and analyze sources from a critical perspective. The medium of instruction is French.

Module learning outcomes

Satisfactory completion of the course should enable students to:

  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding of some of the aspects of modern French culture and society
  • Demonstrate an ability to undertake personal research
  • Present sources from a critical perspective and develop arguments effectively in both spoken and written French
  • Achieve a high level of accuracy in the production of both written and spoken French

Module content

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 : the French nation, French national identity, France's colonial past and its impact on today's society (from memories to official history, evolving "lieux de mémoire", memory wars, memory laws, the French "banlieues" etc)


Task Length % of module mark
3000 word essay
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
20 minute oral presentation
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
3000 word essay
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
20 minute oral presentation
N/A 40

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

•Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written language work, given immediately both to individuals and to group.
•Oral commentary and dialogue on work completed as a weekly task, given immediately to individuals.
•Written comments and mark on University scale given to individual students for practice essays/detailed plans/orals, with opportunity for individual consultation. The essays/detailed plans will be returned to students within the University's official time-frame.
•Model answers/past exam papers may be given for class exercise and/or discussion.

Assessment and feedback

Feedback: Individuals will be allowed to see their exam paper with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers

Indicative reading

Teaching materials, bibliographical references and recommended texts & video extracts will be supplied during the course and uploaded onto the module VLE, which is the main port of call.

Reading, watching and listening to French news on a regular basis is essential for students to keep up to date with current issues.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.