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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies

French Language 2

Academic Year 2018-2019

Core language module, taught and examined in French and English. This module aims to develop your knowledge of and your ability to express yourself in French. The module booklets and other course materials have been developed to help you to prepare both for the end-of-year examinations and for the year abroad. Work in the translation hour is based on texts from the module booklet 1, with an emphasis on cross-cultural themes and issues of current interest. Class work and individual work aim to develop your ability to write effectively in French for a variety of purposes (essays, articles, reviews) and to translate fluently and accurately from and into French, whilst also consolidating grammar knowledge and vocabulary acquisition. Work in the oral class is based on the broad theme of 'aspects of contemporary France/francophone countries', and covers a wide range of topics relevant to student life and the Year Abroad. It aims to help you to develop your spoken French as you take part in informal conversations and discussions and give presentations. You will also prepare documents which may be required for your year abroad.

For this module you are likely to use following items:

  • French Language 2 module booklet (to be purchased from the department at the beginning of term)
  • Roger Hawkins and Richard Towell, French Grammar and Usage, third edition (Arnold, 2010) AND
  • Roger Hawkins, Marie-Noëlle Lamy and Richard Towell, Practising French Grammar: A Workbook, second edition (Arnold, 2010)
  • A recent edition of EITHER Collins-Robert French Dictionary OR Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary

Co-ordinator:

Mme Vasanti Piette (vasanti.piette@durham.ac.uk), room A48, Elvet Riverside I.