Undergraduate Course: French 2 (ELCF08001)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course consists of two parts: French Language (language work, written and oral) and French Literature (15th to 19th centuries).
French 2 consists of Language & Literature elements.
The language course consists of two parts:
Language tutorials (1 hour per week)
Practical tutorials (1 hour per week)
Building on the work done in French 1, the French 2 language programme introduces a number of new exercises and key grammatical points that are essential for the understanding and production of modern French. In the course of the year, three main areas will be covered:
1. Writing in French, including précis
Writing in French is an essential skill not only for the language programme but also for your literature course. (You will be required to write your semester 2 literature essay in French) In Language Tutorials, you will learn how to write a précis in French (i.e. write an accurate summary of a French source text your own words), how to translate from English into French and, more generally, how to produce idiomatic and correct French. The texts used for these exercises will relate to social, political or cultural debates in present-day France.
2. Translation from French into English
Both semesters will also focus on translation from French into English. You will be asked to familiarise yourself with grammatical and stylistic differences between French and English and to develop a range of translation skills. The language dossier (available on LEARN) contains a variety of texts for translation in class and for independent learning. These are taken mainly from French fiction and the French press.
Grammatical correctness is of the greatest importance. As well as revising essential grammar points covered in French 1, French 2 introduces new areas of grammar.
Exercises and texts relating to the main aspects of the language course will be provided in the language dossier available on LEARN. It is your responsibility to print this dossier and bring it to the language classes. You are expected to use all the resources provided - texts, grammar books, exercises, dictionaries, websites etc. - to prepare for tutorials and for independent study. In addition to working on written language, language tutors will work with students on formal presentation skills in spoken mode. Practical tutorials (i.e. tutorials with the native language tutors or French Language Assistants) are aimed more specifically at developing skills in conversational French and preparing students for the oral exam at the end of semester 2.
The literature course invites students to travel back through time by introducing them to a wide range of literary texts from the nineteenth century back to the middle ages. Texts for study are chosen from a variety of genres, from the medieval ballad to the realist novel, and include works by some of France's most celebrated authors who will be studied in the following order: twelfth-century court writer Marie de France, sixteenth-century poetess Louise Labé, seventeenth-century playwrights Racine and Molière, eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire, nineteenth-century poet Baudelaire and nineteenth-century novelist Flaubert. Students will familiarize themselves with the intellectual, historical and cultural contexts in which the set texts belong and will analyse in depth the major aesthetic developments in French literature since the Middle Ages. Topics addressed in lectures and tutorials will include: women's position in literature and society through the centuries, gender representations in French fiction, the problem of evil, conflicts between the happiness of the individual and the good of society and the critique of society. There will be two types of lectures: those focusing on the prescribed texts, and background lectures. These will aim to give overviews of major literary movements (Courtly literature, Classicism, Enlightenment, Romanticism and Realism).
Passing French 2 and Admission to Honours
The overall pass mark for French 2 is 40%. This includes all Honours curricula where French 2 is taken as the minor component in a joint degree. However, for entry to Third Year French Honours (either Single or Joint Honours), the required level is 50%. There is also a requirement that the language component of the course be passed at 50%. In cases where doing so would enable them to achieve the 50% required for entry into Honours, students who have additionally read Politics and Institutions of Contemporary France are permitted to substitute the mark attained in this half-course course for the mark attained in French 2 Literature, thus combining the higher of the two marks with the mark attained in French 2 Language. Please note the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS) requirement that, for admission to French 3 Honours, the pass at 50% must be gained at the first attempt.
Passing French 2 and Admission to Honours
The overall pass mark for French 2 is 40%. This includes all Honours curricula where French 2 is taken as the minor component in a joint degree. However, for entry to Third Year French Honours (either Single or Joint Honours), the required level is 50%. There is also a requirement that the language component of the course be passed at 50%. In cases where doing so would enable them to achieve the 50% required for entry into Honours, students who have additionally taken Politics and Institutions of Contemporary France are permitted to substitute the mark attained in this half-course course for the mark attained in French 2 Literature, thus combining the higher of the two marks with the mark attained in French 2 Language. Please note the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS) requirement that, for admission to French 3 Honours, the pass at 50% must be gained at the first attempt.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of French literary, historical and cultural developments from the twelfth to the nineteenth century, as well as knowledge of the formal and thematic issues raised by the set texts and how texts relate to the socio-political contexts to which they belong
- demonstrate familiarity with the recommended secondary material relating to the periods and authors studied
- identify the literary and rhetorical techniques used in the texts studied in lectures and tutorials
- gather, select and apply information and concepts from a variety of primary and secondary sources
- demonstrate acquisition of certain transferable skills, including ability to criticise, evaluate and interpret evidence, to consider a problem from a number of different perspectives, to accommodate ambiguity and advance reasonable conjectures, to argue cogently and effectively
|French 2 Language|
1. R. Hawkins & R. Towell, French Grammar and Usage (London: Arnold, 1996, 2001). 1SBN 0 340 76075 3
2. R. Hawkins, M-N. Lamy & R. Towell, Practising French Grammar: A Workbook (London: Arnold, 1997).ISBN 340 59830 1
3. Bescherelle, La Conjugaison pour tous 2006 (Hatier)
4. French 2 Language Dossier (to be printed from LEARN)
French 2 Literature
Please note that for your first tutorial you are asked to compare the opening scenes from Phèdre and L'Avare. These two scenes are included in this handbook.
Set texts, Semester 1
Marie de France, Les Lais (Lettres Gothiques) [please note this edition is a bilingual edition in old and modern French].
Labé, Louise, Oeuvres Complètes, ed. François Rigolot (Paris: Flammarion, 2004) [for a version of her poems in modern French, see
http://poesie.webnet.fr/lesgrandsclassiques/poemes/louise_lab/louise_lab.html note that any citation from Labé's poems must be made with reference to the print edition)]
Racine, Phèdre (Classiques Larousse)
Molière, L'Avare (Classiques Larousse)
Set texts, Semester 2
Voltaire, Candide (Classiques Larousse)
Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal (Garnier-Flammarion)
Flaubert, Madame Bovary (Gallimard, Folio classique, 2001)
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|Additional Class Delivery Information
||There are three tutorial hours per week; 1 hour for practical/oral study, 1 hour for literature study and 1 hour per week for language/grammar. Tutorial days, times and locations will display on the student's personalised timetable after course enrolment.
|Keywords||DELC French 2
|Course organiser||Dr Veronique Desnain
Tel: (0131 6)50 3054
|Course secretary||Mrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421