Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies

French Language 1

Academic Year 2019-2020

1. Description

The module has two strands: grammar/ translation (1 hour per week; the seminar is taught in English or French) on one side, and language/ oral (1 hour per week; the seminar is taught in French by native speakers) on the other. The curriculum of each strand will be available on the DUO site of the module.

In grammar classes, you will build up on what has been learned at A’level, providing you with a firm grounding regarding French grammar and syntax, with the help of your tutor. You will be introduced to some linguistic concepts (morphology, direct and indirect object, relative pronoun, etc.) to consolidate your grammar knowledge.

In translation classes, you will focus on developing your translation skills through a variety of grammar-based exercises and through the use of journalistic material, in order to produce authentic translations from French into English. Some concepts related to translation studies may be introduced to consolidate your understanding of what the translating process entails.

In language/ oral classes, you will work in small groups with a native speaker. You will discuss contemporary topics of French culture and society, using podcasts, video and text materials. This will help develop your confidence and your speaking and aural comprehension skills, through a range of oral exercises (role play, debate, individual presentation, conversation in pairs). You will also develop your reading and writing skills through text-based comprehension and résumé writing exercises.

Attendance and active participation in class (written and oral) will be key to your progress over the academic year. All classes will provide you with extra material for further practice.

Note: Students, not enrolled in MLaC degree programmes (BA Modern Languages and Cultures, Chinese/ Japanese studies, Modern Languages and History, Liberal Arts, Economics with French), are required to take French Stage 4 (CFLS1F41 – link) – this is an equivalent post-A-Level module, designed to be studied alongside degree programmes other than those mentioned before.

2. Bibliography for this module:

Ahead of your first year at Durham, please find this useful summer reading:

JUBB Margaret (2007). Upgrade your French [2nd edition]. Oxon: Routledge. (ISBN: 978-0-340-94313-7.) It offers a 30-day revision and consolidation course.

The recommended texts for this academic year are as follows:

HAWKINS, Roger, TOWELL, Richard. French Grammar and Usage [any edition]. Oxon: Routledge.

HAWKINS, Roger, LAMY, Marie-Noëlle, TOWELL, Richard. Practising French Grammar: A Workbook [any edition]. Oxon: Routledge.

In terms of dictionaries, bilingual (from and into French/English) dictionaries will not be enough. The Durham Library provides you with links to monolingual dictionaries (only in French, or only in English):

Le Petit Robert de la langue française (PR) [electronic resource], http://library.dur.ac.uk/record=b2758245~S1

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (OLDO) [electronic resource], http://library.dur.ac.uk/record=b2419779~S1

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) [electronic resource], http://library.dur.ac.uk/record=b2035325~S48

3. Co-ordinator:

The module (both the written and oral strands) is convened by Mr Christopher Da Silva (christopher.da-silva@durham.ac.uk), room A48, Elvet Riverside I

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment.