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About the Section

The French Language and Literature Section of the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Cape Town is home to a wide range of courses in French Language, Literature, Business French and Teaching French as a Foreign Language. Students will be admitted to the French Section whether or not they have already studied French. The courses offered by the French Section are designed for students learning French as a foreign language. Students for whom French is a second or home language will be accepted under certain conditions, and after prior discussion with the Section Head.

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate courses offered by the French section fall into two main categories:

  1. French Language and Literature and
  2. Business French

Either of these can be taken as an undergraduate major.

Initial French A & B are first-year courses for those who have never studied the language before. Students who have already matriculated in French will begin at second-year level (under certain conditions students with some prior knowledge of French may be admitted)


Postgraduate Courses

  • ‘French Language and Literature’ is offered as a one-year BA Honours degree and as a two-year Masters by dissertation (Coursework Masters is only offered in TFFL)
  • The Section also offers a one-year BA Honours and
  • One-year Coursework Masters (with minor dissertation) in ‘Teaching French as a Foreign Language‘ (TFFL).

Courses towards a major in French Language and Literature

Students will be admitted to the French Section whether or not they have already studied French. The courses offered by the French Section are designed for students studying French as a foreign language. Students for whom French is a second or home language will be accepted under certain conditions, and after prior discussion with the Section Head.

A student who has not taken French at secondary school will be admitted to the Initial French course (SLL1060F, SLL1061S). Such a student may major after a further 2 years. A student qualifies for admission to French Language and Literature II (SLL2060F, SLL2061S) if:

  1. within the preceding 3 years, he/she has obtained at least a C symbol in French for the Matriculation examination, or 5 in the NSC (or a course recognised as equivalent) or
  2. the Head of the Section is satisfied that he/she is able to perform the work of the class. Such a student will major after a further 2 semesters: French Language and Literature IIIA and B (SLL3060F, SLL3061S) or Business French (SLL3084F, SLL3085S).