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La Francophonie dans le Monde

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 20 Credits.

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This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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Spoken on all 5 continents, French is the official language of 28 countries and is used as a second or cultural language in many others.

This course on “La Francophonie” is designed to give you a better insight into the Francophone world.  It aims to develop both your cultural and linguistic competence.  It also aims to foster your appreciation of French in different cultural settings.

In this course we will look at various aspects of this topic.  First, we will review the historical background, which should partly explain the widespread influence of the French language.  Then we will explore the culture of a few different French-Speaking countries and try to establish if some common grounds exist.  We will briefly study the works of two or three Francophone writers in order to appreciate their particularities.   During this course we will also look at the work of the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), a global organisation which, with the support of four specialist associations, promotes co-operation amongst its member-countries in the fields of culture, science, economy, justice and peace.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for students who already have a good level of French and who are interested in building up further their knowledge of the French language and of the socio-cultural aspects of France and the regions and countries where French is spoken.

Learning and Teaching

You will be expected to actively engage in a wide range of activities, and encouraged to draw from your personal experience and from your own research.

A variety of supportive practical materials such as texts, audio and video recordings and material from the internet will be used.

On completion of the course, the group would have experienced various aspects of the Francophone culture and literature and have acquired a broader appreciation of the French Language.  Participants should also have developed their language skills further. The course is taught in French.

Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

This is an indicative reading list only.
Demain, la Francophonie, Dominique Volton, Flammarion, Paris, 2006
Francophonie et Mondialisation, Didier Oillo et al., CNRS, Paris, 2008
Littérature progressive de la francophonie, Nicole Blondeau, Feeoudja Allouache, Nathan CLE, Paris, 2008
Civilisation progressive de la francophonie, Jackson Noutchié Njiké, Nathan CLE, Paris, 2003.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.