French is one of the most beautiful romance languages. Outside of France it is spoken as far afield as Canada, the Seychelles, Madagascar and Mali. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations, and an important language in the EU.
English at Kent is challenging, flexible, and wide-ranging. It covers both traditional areas such as Shakespeare or Dickens, and newer fields such as American literature, creative writing, postcolonial literature and recent developments in literary theory. Staff in the School of English are internationally recognised for their research which links closely with undergraduate teaching, and regularly host visits by international writers and critics. There are several published authors and poets in the School, and students publish a magazine of creative writing, poetry and prose.
Studying at our Canterbury campus gives you a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the French language. There is a large community of French-speaking students on campus, and our proximity to airports, the Channel ports and the Eurostar terminals at Ashford and Ebbsfleet makes it quick and easy to get to Paris, Brussels and Lille.
You are required to spend a year working or studying abroad between your second and final year of study. In previous years, students have studied at our partner institutions in a country appropriate to their programme of study. You’ll develop your language skills, grow in self-confidence, gain a new academic perspective, and enhance your employability.
Innovative and interdisciplinary, the two elements of this programme complement one another and enhance your learning, allowing you to develop a high level of literary, linguistic and cultural competence.French
You take compulsory language modules, including small group work with a native speaker. We also make extensive use of computer-assisted language learning packages and audio and video materials. Culture and literature modules typically involve a weekly two-hour seminar plus essay supervision. We employ six French language lectors to help students improve their fluency.
At all stages, assessment is based 100% on coursework (essays, oral presentations) in the first half of the year, and a combination of coursework and examination in the second half of the year. Credits from your year abroad count towards your final degree.
Modules are taught by weekly seminars. Core modules include a weekly lecture, plus individual supervision is offered for the Long Essay. Assessment at Stage 1 is by a mixture of coursework and examination. Some modules may include an optional practical element.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: