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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: FRE3016
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MARLEY D Dr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Portfolio and presentation
Extended essay

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module
Module Overview
This module explores the French-speaking world, examining the way in which the French language and culture have developed in different parts of the world. It takes different perspectives: historical, sociolinguistic and cultural, to give a balanced overview.
Successful completion of Level 2 French modules or equivalent
Module Aims
This module aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the French-speaking world and of the different ways in which the French language has developed and the different cultural forms which have emerged.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Know how French became a world language and understand the processes involved.
  • Have acquired knowledge about the historical and contemporary impact of French language and culture around the world.
  • Have gained a general understanding of various sociolinguistic phenomena in a variety of specific geographical and cultural contexts.
  • Be able to undertake independent research into related areas and present their ideas in written form, using a range of sources.
  • Have developed a greater awareness of the significance of linguistic and cultural issues in postcolonial societies.
Module Content
  • France as a world power and an imperial power
  • Overview of language contact situations arising
  • Decolonisation and development of la Francophonie
  • The French-speaking world today:
    • Europe
    • North Africa
    • Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Canada
    • Caribbean
    • Pacific
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Two contact hours per teaching week in semester 2. The module is taught entirely in the target language, and student participation will be essential. Learning will occur through note-taking in lectures, background reading and preparation of and participation in class discussions.
Selected Texts/Journals
Ager, D. (1996). ‘Francophonie’ in the 1990s. Problems and Opportunities.
Albert, C. (dir.) (1999). Francophonie et identités culturelles 440:32
Bouraoui, H (1995). La Francophonie à l’estomac 440:32
Hérodote revue de Géographie et de Géopolitique, vol. 126 Géopolitique de la langue française, 2007
Levèsque, J. (1998). Colonisation et décolonisation 325.48
Oakes, Leigh and Warren, Jane (2006), Language, Citizenship and Identity in Quebec, Palgrave Macmillan
Roy, J.-L. (1995). Mondialisation, développement et culture. La médiation francophone 301:6(44)/ROY
Salhi, Kamal (2002). French in and out of France. Language Policies, Intercultural Antagonisms and Dialogue 306.44944/FRE
Last Updated
JULY 2009