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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course will look at

-  the French sound system (with the spin-off of helping you to improve your pronunciation). 

-  word meaning and also speaker meaning (what a speaker means by, e.g., "were you born in a barn?")

-  how new words are formed

-  how sentences can be analysed

-  how French has developed from the Middle Ages up to the present

-  how French spread throughout the world (including French-based creoles)

-  how French varies according to the person using the language, and the purpose for which they are using it


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Glynn Hesketh

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of EL1014 English Structure and Use (Passed) or EL1514 English Structure and Use (Passed) or FR1518 Level 1 French Language 1 B (Passed) or FR1520 Level 1 French Language 3 B (Passed) or FR1523 French Language 1b: Beginners/Near Beginners (Passed) or FR1524 French Language 2b/3b: Intermediate/Proficient (Passed) or KL15F3 English Structure and Use (Passed) or LN1003 English Structure and Use (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course, which aims at breadth rather than depth of coverage, introduces students to all the major areas of linguistic study as they relate to the French language: pronunciation; sentence structure; words and meanings; French as a world language and French in use in its social and historical context. Students are encouraged to apply their theoretical knowledge to the practical analysis of samples of real French.

Further Information & Notes

There are two timetabled workshops for this course; both are compulsory.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (100%). A satisfactory level of performance in coursework will exempt candidates from the examination.

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Four written assessments, in weeks 3, 6, 8 and 11.


The above assessments are given CAS marks, and written or verbal feedback is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and workshop participation is also given. Students are encouraged to seek further feedback on an individual basis.

Course Learning Outcomes


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