• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, European Languages, Language Studies
  • Minor code FREN-MIN
French Language and Culture Minor

The French Language and Culture minor aims at developing students' ability to understand, pronounce and speak standard French and to read and write French as it appears in newspapers, magazines, media, cinema and literature. All courses emphasise the importance of culture, history, politics and society, and a variety of material from written, audio-visual and electronic sources is drawn on. Students gain fluency in French, and at the same time develop their knowledge of the French-speaking world, in both European and global contexts (e.g., Africa, Asia, North America and the Pacific). Students’ entry level depends on their prior knowledge of French, and the exact sequence of courses leading to the minor depends in turn on the point of entry.

Learning Outcomes

  1. communicate in French in a range of contexts;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the structure and uses of French;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the societies and cultures of France and the Francophone world, and their socio-historical contexts; and
  4. recognise the importance of intercultural communication. 
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The minor requires completion of 24 units from the following list:

FREN1003 Introductory French I

FREN1004 Introductory French II

FREN2024 Continuing French I

FREN2025 Continuing French II

FREN3006 Intermediate French I

FREN3007 Intermediate French II

FREN3010 Advanced French I

FREN3011 Advanced French II

FREN3012 Global Paris: Culture, History and Identity in the French Capital

FREN3021 Selected Topics in French Studies*

FREN3107 Voyages Littéraires: Modern Literature in French*

FREN3108 From Colonialism to Cinéma-Monde: Films of the French-speaking World*

FREN3515 The Sounds of French: Phonetics and Pronunciation

*These courses may be completed more than once if the topic is different each time.

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