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Postgraduate Studies in French Language and Literature

SLL4060F CONTEMPORARY FRENCH LITERATURE I

Convener: Associate Professor M Arnold

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

If Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s influence on 20th century French literature is widely acknowledged, one is less aware of the influence left by his Journey to the end of the night on contemporary postcolonial Francophone Literature. In spite of the racist nature of his ideology, Céline’s profoundly “oralised” body of works showed later generations how to combine the written and the spoken word – a question which is at the core of contemporary francophone literature, as produced in Africa and in the Caribbean Islands. This is why a Congolese writer such as Alain Mabanckou secretly refers to Céline; but we would argue that his interest for Céline has been sparked by readings of his compatriot and fellow writer, Daniel Biyaoula who openly made use of Journey to the end of the night to structure his novels.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work.

Assessment: Two essays (50% each).


SLL4061S CONTEMPORARY FRENCH LITERATURE II

Convener: Associate Professor M Arnold

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

If Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s influence on 20th century French literature is widely acknowledged, one is less aware of the influence left by his Journey to the end of the night on contemporary postcolonial Francophone Literature. In spite of the racist nature of his ideology, Céline’s profoundly “oralised” body of works showed later generations how to combine the written and the spoken word – a question which is at the core of contemporary francophone literature, as produced in Africa and in the Caribbean Islands. This is why a Caribbean writer such as Patrick Chamoiseau secretly made use of Céline’s novel Guignol’s band, in his second novel, Solibo Magnifique.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work.

Assessment: Two essays (50% each).


SLL4074W DIDACTICS

Convener: K Schmid

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for the honours programme in Teaching French as a Foreign Language.

Course outline:

This course is designed to enable students to understand the theory underpinning the teaching of French as a foreign language, as well as to allow them to spend time teaching French to adolescent learners at a secondary school in Cape Town or to adult learners at the Alliance Française of Cape Town.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Formative component (40%): 4 assignments (30%); participation (10%). Summative component (60%): teaching observation report (25%); teaching practice (35%)


SLL4075S FRENCH LINGUISTICS FOR TEACHING FRENCH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Convener: Dr Ruth De Oliveira

Course entry requirements: As per prerequisites for BA Honours TFFL programme

Course outline:

This course provides the foundations of linguistic theories and prepares students to analyse elements in terms of phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, and discusses the functioning of Modern French language through the concepts of standard language, variation and their social stakes.

DP requirements: At least 80% of attendance of lectures and submission of all assignments

Assessment: Two tests 20% + One essay 80%


SLL5063T FRENCH FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES

Convener: K Schmid

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master’s programme.

Course outline:

This course is designed to equip students to teach Français sur objectifs spécifiques. This sub- discipline of Français langue étrangère groups together a range of different training situations: French for businessmen and women, French for students wishing to study in a French-speaking country, French for tourism and the hospitality industry, French for administrative, legal and medical purposes. This presents a challenge for teachers, who, in addition to their expertise in French as a Foreign Language, require specific knowledge and a particular skills set.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Continuous assessment. Formative component (60%): 6 assignments (50%); participation (10%). Summative component: one case study (40%).


SLL5064Q/R THE FRENCH SPEAKING WOR(L)D

Convener: Drs R De Oliveira and A Marie

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master’s programme.

Course outline:

This course comprises two modules. (1) Sociolinguistics: this concerns analytical studies of the evolution of the French language, its education policies and multilingualism in the French-speaking world. This module leads students to the discussion on the future of the French language.

(2) Literature. Attention is also given to the use of literary texts as pedagogical supports.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Continuous assessment. A mark out of 100% will be awarded.


SLL5065Q/R TRAINING, CONCEPTION AND MANAGEMENT

Convener: K Schmid

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master's programme.

Course outline:

This course is designed to equip students not only to teach Français langue étrangère at an advanced level but importantly to train others how to do so. In South Africa there is a dearth of trained teachers of French yet an increasing demand from the business world and other role players for training courses in French. The ability not only to teach Français langue étrangère but also to train others in that discipline is vital if this need is to be met and interaction with the French- speaking world is to be facilitated.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Five assignments (50%); participation (10%); one case study (40%).

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