French is spoken on all five continents, including much of West Africa, through the Francophone network. There are ample opportunities for linguists offering French in big international institutions such as the European Union and United Nations. French is also an official language of the Olympic Games, and a must in disciplines as diverse as gastronomy, ballet and fencing!
For the English learner, French is surprisingly accessible due to the number of French words, or words of French origin, in English. It is thus an excellent gateway towards other romance languages, such as Italian or Spanish, which share many of its grammatical features.
Knowing French will give you access to a wealth of classic and contemporary literature and song (a traditional French genre which is still alive and thriving). France is also the first tourist destination in the world, and Paris the third most visited city.
Claudine Tourniaire, Head of French
These descriptions are only a guide and some adjustments to the content of the course might be needed, depending on the students' level of participation, ability and needs.
This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of French (if you have a recent French GCSE grade C or above, or an international equivalent, then this module may not be appropriate for you). The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip them with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where French is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar.
A continuation of the beginners' course in French (Beginners' French I). This module can be taken in any year, but not by final-year language and communication students. If you have a recent French GCSE grade B or above, or an international equivalent, then this module may not be appropriate for you.
This is an intermediate course in French and is intended for students who have enough pre-A-Level experience of French and wish to develop their knowledge to a standard comparable to A-Level/ Baccalaureate/ A2 in the European Reference Framework. The module is made up of three elements: Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, and Grammar. While the emphasis is on comprehension, the speaking and writing of French are also included. The module is NOT available to students with AS or A-Level French/ Baccalaureate/ Level B1 in the European Reference Framework.
This is a continuation of PPLB5150A (Intermediate French I). This is an intermediate course in French and is intended for students who wish to develop their knowledge to a standard comparable to A-Level/ Baccalaureate/ B1 in the European Reference Framework. The module is made up of four elements: Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Writing and Grammar.
Post A Level I
A course for students with a French A-Level, Intermediate French, or any other equivalent qualification. This module is designed to develop students' existing reading/listening/writing and speaking skills, with a particular focus on receptive skills (listening/reading) to start with. It promotes autonomous learning and independent group research. The aim is to equip students with a solid grammatical, lexical and cultural basis which will then be enhanced and built upon in subsequent years. Alongside academic skills, the module aims include developing intercultural competence and employability skills to allow for a range of applications of students' learning. The module consists of four contact hours per week: an hour grammar seminar will provide students with opportunities to review and practice essential grammar points, an oral hour focusing on speaking practice, and a two hour seminar whose focus will be to work on receptive skills as well as textual grammar.
Post A Level II
This French Honours language module is compulsory for all second-year Single Honours French students. It is designed to focus on reading, writing, semi-formal oral presentations and awareness of current affairs in French speaking countries. Activities focus on promoting self-direction in language learning, and draws on a variety of resources, including electronic resources, for in-class, self-access and group project work (oral, aural, written). Seminars are taught in French.