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LANG8008 - French Culture and Literature

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Title:French Culture and Literature
Long Title:French Culture and Literature
Module Code:LANG8008
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Languages
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Pio Fenton
Module Author: Sheila Walsh
Module Description: This module focuses on consolidating and further developing students' advanced French language skills for general use and for the international business sector (written, spoken, aural and reading comprehension proficiency and translation). This module will also examine key works of French literature, aspects of contemporary culture and selected historical events in order to further develop students' knowledge and understanding of French society, culture and civilisation and to hone their analytical skills. Resources will include extracts from works of literature in French and in translation, film adaptations and reviews and various other materials.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Read and interpret (in English) advanced-level authentic texts in French.
LO2 Produce extended advanced-level texts in French
LO3 Carry out research and analysis of specified topics relating to literature, the arts, key historical or cultural events in France.
LO4 Communicate orally in French to a high standard in a formal professional context and in normal day to day exchanges
LO5 Translate authentic, advanced-level texts from French-English and in some cases from English-French
LO6 Consolidate and improve proficiency in advanced French grammar suitable for practical application in a range of contexts relevant to international business and to contemporary France and other Francophone regions.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Translation skills
Translation of authentic advanced-level texts mainly from French-English, but with a smaller proportion of exercises in translation from English-French.
Grammar
Substantial reinforcement and practical application of key relevant points of French grammar and usage to an advanced standard.
Reading/writing skills
Reading and analysis of relevant authentic resources linked to the international business sector in France, the French economy, current affairs, contemporary society and key events in French History. Reading and analysis of extracts from selected works of literature and films in French and in translation. Developing students' written comprehension skills in relation to such resources.
Oral/communication skills
Preparing students to deliver oral presentations in a professional manner and to participate in oral discussions in French to a high standard on relevant topics such as current affairs and contemporary society in France and/or in the wider Francophone world.
Literary and cultural studies
Develop students' knowledge and understanding of contemporary French culture, society and civilisation through the analysis of selected works of literature, film and key Historical events and cultural/social developments in France and/or the wider Francophone world.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Research and analyse a selected film, work of literature or Historical event which has been approved by your lecturer and compose an essay explaining your findings in English with bibliography and in text references. 1,2,3 20.0 Week 7
Oral Examination/Interview Orally present the findings of an individual investigation into an approved current affairs topic relating to France or another Francophone region. 1,4,6 20.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation In class translation test. Translate an assigned passage from French-English under time constrained conditions. 5 20.0 Week 9
Other Written in-class exam 1,2,5,6 40.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Contempory literature, film, cultural and current affairs. Selected topics from recent French History. The international business sector in France and/or the Francophone world. Reading, writing, advanced grammar workshops. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Activities alternating to include: Translation workshops; working with visual media (e.g. films, contemporary media, etc.); speaking practice (group and paired discussions); listening practice and grammar exercises. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent research into Historical, cultural, literary and current affairs topics. Preparing oral and written work for assessments. Revision of topics covered in class and reviewing resources such as videos, films, literary extracts, etc. used in classes. Translation preparation. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Contempory literature, film, cultural and current affairs. Selected topics from recent French History. The international business sector in France and/or the Francophone world. Reading, writing, advanced grammar workshops. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Activities alternating to include: Translation workshops; working with visual media (e.g. films, contemporary media, etc.); speaking practice (group and paired discussions); listening practice and grammar exercises. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent research into Historical, cultural, literary and current affairs topics. Preparing oral and written work for assessments. Revision of topics covered in class and reviewing resources such as videos, films, literary extracts, etc. used in classes. Translation preparation. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Mitchell, Fleuranceau 2011, Pour parler affaires : Méthode de francais professionnel, Maison des langues Paris [ISBN: 9788484438564]
  • John Ardagh 2005, France Today, Fifth Ed., Penguin London [ISBN: 01401.00989]
  • Stuart Williams and Nathalie McAndrew-Cazorla 1996, Manual of Business French, First Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 0415 12901-X]
  • Anna Gavalda 1999, Je Voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part, First Ed., J'ai lu Paris [ISBN: 978-2-290-31178-3]
  • Eugene O Sullivan 1993, Pas a pas en Francais, Folens Dublin [ISBN: 0 861214684]
  • Yasmina Reza 2002, Art, Magnard Paris [ISBN: 978 2 210 75447 8]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Hawkins, Towell 2015, French grammar and usage, 4th edition Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 9781138851108]
  • Evans, Godin 2014, France since 1815, 2nd Ed., Routledge New York [ISBN: 9781444177909]
  • Baker, M. 2011, In other words: a coursebook on translation, Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415467544]
  • Munday, J. 2013, Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications, Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415584890]
  • Lyons, J.D. 2010, French Literature: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press Oxford
  • Hargreaves, A.G. 2007, Multi-Ethnic France: Immigration, Politics, Culture and Society, 2nd edition Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 0415397839]
  • Camus, A. 1957, ‘L’hôte’ (the guest) from L'Exil et le royaume
  • Maupassant, G., 'La Parure' (the necklace) short story
  • Rimbaud, A., 'Le dormeur du val' (poem)
  • Rachedi, M. 2006, 'Le poids d’une âme' (the weight of a soul), J C. Lattes Paris [ISBN: 9782709628457]
  • Baudelaire, C., 'A une passante' (poem)
  • Hugo, V., 'Demain des l'aube' (poem)
  • Conklin, Fishman, Zaretsky 2011, France and its Empire since 1870, Oxford Univeristy Press Oxford [ISBN: 9780199735181]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

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