What is the course about?
To give students a general knowledge of literature and philosophy in France, and to enable students to discuss a French literary texts.
What will we cover?
Historical background, information about specific writers, analysis (comment and discussions) of specific literary texts and translation. The students will also have the opportunity to write essays and to do presentations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Learning outcomes will be discussed at the beginning of the course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have a good level of French and an interest in history, culture and society as well as in literature. They should also be able to read literary works in French, to lead and participate in discussions in French.
It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the subjunctive, the conditional, direct and indirect speech, pronouns.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Two books per term (books chosen by students from a list, one term in advanced). This term the books will be in this order:
1. La Cache by Christope Boltanski
2. L'art de perdre by Alice Zeniter.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
French 5 courses. Please enrol on the next module as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.