French and Japanese (BA)
French and Japanese BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of two important world languages.
The School of Modern Languages aims to develop and educate its students to become 'global citizens'. With in depth study of both French and Japanese, two major world languages, graduates will be competitive and attractive within an increasingly global workforce. You will develop high-level language skills in both languages, and achieve near-native competency, along with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of aspects of the culture, literature, history, politics and society of France and Japan.
France is a major actor on the European and world stage and possesses a rich and sophisticated culture. Its language is more important today than it has ever been.
Japan is one of the most powerful economies in the world, with Japanese businesses and organisations continuing to be in need of English-speaking graduates who can understand Japanese and who are knowledgeable of Japanese culture and society.
This course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities, and using a variety of audio-visual materials including websites, films and new learning technologies.
It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself. It involves exploring many aspects of a country and its cultures, literature and cinema, history, social structures, politics and institutions.
The third year of your course will be spent abroad: one full semester in France or in another francophone country, followed by an approximately three-month placement in Japan. These placements abroad will provide you with the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the language and culture of both countries.
|Typical places available||The School typically has 185 places available|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives 600 applications|
|Scholarships and bursaries||http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A level offer||AAB (B in French)|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core plus grades BB at A-level, including French.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||Considered on individual merit|
|Other qualifications||A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read online.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
|QAA subject benchmark|
Languages and related subjects
Mrs Marie-laure Jones , Admissions Tutor
This is a four year degree of which the third year is spent in Japan and France.
In Year 1, you take credits in French and Japanese, including a language modules at either advanced or beginners level.
As such, our ‘Key optional modules’ below indicate the modules you would be required to study depending on your subject specific A-levels as outlined above. ’Further optional modules’ are optional modules not tied to your entry pathway.
Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Introduction To Hispanic Studies (Beginners)||ML5111||20 credits|
|Introduction To Hispanic Studies (Advanced)||ML5110||20 credits|
|Introduction To German History And Culture For Advanced Students||ML7103||20 credits|
|Introduction To German History And Culture For Beginners' Students||ML7104||20 credits|
|Modern Italy: Birth of a Nation?||ML8103||20 credits|
|French Language Advanced||ML1104||20 credits|
|French Language Beginners||ML6198||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (French)||ML8102||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (German)||ML8104||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Italian)||ML8105||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Spanish)||ML8106||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Portuguese)||ML8108||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Japanese)||ML8107||20 credits|
In the second year you will take further modules in Japanese, which are designed to increase the facility with which you can comprehend and use more advanced Japanese. At the same time, your knowledge of Japan and Japanese society is increased through lectures and seminars on modern Japanese society. The remainder of your modules will be taken from modules within the School of Modern Languages covering the French language as well as cultural modules relating to France.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Women and the Second World War in France||ML6286||20 credits|
|Innovations in European Literature||ML1298||20 credits|
|Principles of Translation Theory||ML2299||20 credits|
|Rhyfel Algeria||ML6297||20 credits|
|Business French I||ML6294||20 credits|
|French Language Year 2 (Ex-Advanced)||ML6299||20 credits|
|At the Roots of European Cultures||ML1295||20 credits|
|Imaging the Islands: Francophone Caribbean Cultures||ML6200||20 credits|
|Introduction to Specialised Translation (French)||ML2294||20 credits|
|French Language Year 2 (Ex-Beginners)||ML6287||20 credits|
|Narrating and Visualising French Colonialism: Canada, the Indian Ocean, Africa and France||ML6202||20 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
In the third year of study, you will spend approximately half the year in the relevant European country and half in Japan. The time in Japan is spent studying in a Japanese university with which the Centre has an exchange agreement. By this stage you should have a sufficient command of the spoken language to operate comfortably in Japan and gain the maximum benefit from your period of study there.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Intercalary Year Abroad - Full Year Work Placement Abroad (French)||ML6096||120 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad- Semester Work placement abroad (French)||ML6097||60 credits|
|Intercalary Year Abroad-Study Abroad (French)||ML6098||120 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad - Study Abroad (French)||ML6099||60 credits|
|Study Programme in Japan||ML4007||60 credits|
You will then return to Cardiff for the final year to take further modules in Japanese. More advanced study of the Japanese language during this year is accompanied by study of a key aspect of modern Japan.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|French for professional purposes||ML6396||20 credits|
|Writing Africa||ML6381||20 credits|
|May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and Culture||ML1399||20 credits|
|Student Language Ambassador||ML1398||20 credits|
|Translation as a Profession||ML2393||20 credits|
|Advanced Translation Practice (French)||ML6386||20 credits|
|Japanese for Business||ML5422||20 credits|
|Japanese for Humanities||ML5423||20 credits|
|Dissertation (Joint Honours -In English/Welsh)||ML6384||20 credits|
|Final Year Joint Honours French Dissertation IN FRENCH||ML6379||20 credits|
|History of French Labour||ML6300||20 credits|
|European Cinema: thinking the real of fiction||ML2302||20 credits|
|Y Chwyldro Ffrengig [The French Revolution]||ML6301||20 credits|
|Dissertation (Translation)||ML2389||20 credits|
|Dépassement de l’art: The Parisian Avant-Garde and the Revolution of Everyday Life from Breton to Debord||ML6302||20 credits|
|European Cinema Dissertation||ML2303||20 credits|
Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.
Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.
Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.
Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.
Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.
In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
The destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment.
Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.
QAA subject benchmark
|QAA subject benchmark|
Languages and related subjects
What are the aims of this Programme?
Throughout the programme, students of French will undertake language and non-language study that is pitched at an appropriate level. In French language, year one students build upon core linguistic skills developed at A-level. In year two, a strong focus is placed on preparation for the year abroad, during which students (either on Erasmus programmes, work placements, or -if they study only one language- on the British Council Assistantship scheme in France) are immersed in the target language. In the final year students hone their linguistic skills in terms of expression and translation.
A similar evolution applies to non-language learning. In year one, students are introduced to Modern French culture, literature, civilisation and politics. In years two and four, greater specialisation is encouraged, with options in French fiction, politics, colonial history and industrial relations as well as francophone cinema, business French, European Cinema, European Literature and Translation as a Profession. Final year students also specialise in an area of their choice and write a dissertation to deepen their understanding and to extend their research and analytical skills.
What is expected of me?
Lecture and Seminar attendance is compulsory. Students will be expected to participate as outlined above and to complete the required reading and self-directed study. Students must undertake independent study ahead of language and non-language classes and must submit homework regularly on time as well as preparing guided study as required. Students who fail to engage may be excluded from the University. Students must reference their essays accurately, avoiding plagiarism, which, if proven, can have serious consequences for a student. Advice is provided by tutors and in handbooks on how to avoid plagiarism. Students are required to undertake a full academic year of study in France or the French-speaking part of Switzerland or Belgium, except in instances where students have completed their secondary education in France.
Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.
Students will be advised during year abroad briefings of the need to adhere to Cardiff University’s Code of Practice on Study away from Cardiff.
How is this Programme Structured?
The BA Joint Honours French and Japanese degree is a four-year degree programme. It is structured so that students acquire in successive years near-native language competency and the skills to become independent researchers, equipped for high-level professional employment.
The programme is offered in full-time mode. In Year 1, 40 credits are studied in French, in Year 2 and F, 60 credits are studied in French. The Third year is a year spent studying or working abroad in France or in a Francophone country and is compulsory. The Year abroad attracts 120 credits. Year 1, 2 and 4 each contain a 20-credit core French language module. In Year 4, students must also choose 20 credits in either French for Professional Purposes or Advanced Translation Practice.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?
What skills will I practise and develop?
Students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’.
Through the programme, the students will:
-develop their linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of France and Francophone countries.
-be presented with numerous opportunities to extend their communication and presentation skills;
-learn to develop arguments and critique evidence, using oral and written communication,
-enhance their interpersonal relations through participation in tutorials and classes.
-develop their capacity both for independent and co-operative working
-enhance their employability prospects by undertaking a challenging year abroad, and, where appropriate, taking up opportunities afforded to them to act as staff-student representatives, UNISTAFF) or student ambassadors teaching French in local schools
-use communication and information technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information
-enhance their capacity for self-reliance, the taking of initiatives and time management
-Reflect on their own learning and make use of constructive feedback
-Manage their own learning self-critically
How will I be taught?
Delivery will be via lectures, seminar preparation and participation, independent and guided study in language laboratories, independent reading, preparation of essays and presentations, feedback on essays and presentations, and revision sessions for examinations.
Students will also benefit from regular feedback from their Personal Tutor at key moments of their language degree.
Students interested in teaching may have the possibility of completing an internship teaching French in a UK secondary school. All Joint Honours students must spend a minimum of 4.5 months in France, Switzerland or Belgium. Students may go abroad on the Erasmus scheme, or on work placement. Students working abroad need to write one long essay projects on relevant contemporary French issues, with the help of a tutor in Cardiff.
How will I be assessed?
These programmes are assessed by examinations, formative and summative essays, and a wide range of other forms of continuous assessment (including regular submission of translation passages from and into French, summaries, language essays, presentations, and class tests). Other forms of assessment include the writing of reports during and following work placements/ internships. Mock examinations are also used as a way of gauging progress ahead of more formal assessment.
Students submitting extenuating circumstances may sit examinations in alternative venues and may be accorded extra time. Students who have already been educated in the French secondary school system may be eligible for exemption from the year abroad.
Students will receive written feedback on written assessments, and oral feedback on assessed presentations and their contributions to seminars. The opportunity to understand and use feedback constructively will also be provided through regular meetings with Personal Tutors at key moments every year.
How will I be supported?
The School makes full use of Learning Central and students have the opportunity to improve their study and research skills within the programmes.
Academic Tutors have office hours for students to meet and discuss any learning queries as well as the opportunity in seminars. The School has a wide programme of visiting speakers and guest lectures and students are encouraged to attend.
In addition, the School’s robust pastoral care system, coupled with excellent counselling available from the Student Support Centre, helps to ensure that students encountering learning or other personal difficulties are given the proper guidance and support.
In languages, students are also given a reading week each semester during which they are given guided study and afforded an opportunity to catch up on assessed work, readings and revision. These reading weeks are used by staff both to visit students on their year abroad and to review the quality of learning provision offered by Socrates partner institutions.
What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?
Graduates from this Programme will be able to:
- produce a high level of fluency in oral and written French
- assess the central role of language in the process of creating meaning and knowledge
- demonstrate intellectual skills which allow detailed reading, assessment, and production of texts of different types
- appreciate how language and culture feed into each other to generate meaning and understanding
- evaluate and critically discuss texts, concepts and theories relevant to the field of French Studies
- demonstrate an understanding of a range of texts (including film) from different historical periods and from different genres
- demonstrate a good understanding of the position and importance of French language and culture in the modern world
- use information technology to present and analyse materials in an effective manner, including using software to check and improve language
have the knowledge to be able converse in Japanese in both social and working environments.
have an understanding of modern Japanese society and its history and culture.
have the skills to be able to read and translate from English into Japanese, and vice versa, contemporary information such as newspaper articles and academic writings.
be able to identify key parts of sentences in both Japanese and English so that they can be translated in the appropriate order;
be able to produce both an understandable English version of the Japanese text, and also explain the reasons why words or grammatical structure were altered in translation to make it more understandable;
summarise key events in Japanese history so that it can be explained to a non-specialist;
highlight the key events in Japanese post-war economic, political, educational and social development and change so that they can be explained to a non-specialist;
For students who do not have the required entry grades for Single and Joint Honours French, there will be a pathway into this degree for Beginners from 2014-15.
Students taking the Single and Joint Honours French programme at Cardiff may be particularly interested in the following features that are likely to increase their employability:
· the possibility for students of Business French to sit the internationally recognised examination of the Paris Chamber of Commerce
· the chance for students interested in teaching to undertake an internship teaching French in a UK secondary school
· the possibility for students studying only one foreign language to teach in a French school during their year abroad
· the opportunity for all students of French to organise, on their own initiative, a suitable work placement in a French-speaking country.
Mrs Marie-laure Jones , Admissions Tutor
Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.