Modules: What do I study?

NantesYear 1

The first year programme helps you make the transition to university work, while introducing you to the diverse areas of study offered in French at Sheffield. We provide you with the tools to further develop your fluency in French while introducing you to the broader academic skills needed for your degree.

The core language units combine intensive study of the French language with lectures and workshops on French society and culture. The core course ‘Understanding Modern France’, will explore the historical events, values and ideas that inform modern France and Francophone cultures from the seventeenth century to the present day by analyzing a range of texts and media. You will learn the interpretative methodologies specific to a range of cultural expression giving you a solid grounding for further specialisation at Level 2.

The flexible structure of your first year at Sheffield also gives you the chance to take further modules in French, start a language from scratch or study modules from other subjects across the University.

Sample modules

  • Language and Communication Studies I and II
  • Understanding Modern France
  • Optional modules from across the University
  • FRE113 Des Gaulois à de Gaulle (History of the French Language)
  • FRE114 The World of French Words: (independent research project on an aspect of French language)

Where can I see a complete list of French modules?

Pain au raisinYear 2

All students follow the core language modules in their second year and there are a broad range of option modules to choose from covering a variety of subject areas. You will have the opportunity to develop your critical and language skills across a number of specialist modules. These modules cover areas such as linguistics, society, film, literature, politics, cultural and gender studies.

In Year two at least one of the modules you take will be taught in French. All French courses offer you exposure to a large and diverse field of knowledge and expertise. Dual Honours students choose fewer options from the same range of diverse modules as Single Honours students.

Sample modules

  • French Documentary Film
  • La Bande Dessinée (French cartoons)
  • FRE247/8 Writing the Revolution
    FRE275/6 La Francophonie: Langue, Colonie et Civilisation
  • L'Exclusion en France (Political and Social Exclusion in France)

Where can I see a complete list of French modules?

MetropolitainYear 3

Depending on your degree programme, you will spend either one or two semesters in a French speaking country and can study at a university, pursue voluntary work, do a work placement or work as a language assistant.

More about your Year Abroad:

Year 4

The fourth year offers further opportunities for specialist study in option modules, alongside core modules designed to develop sophisticated language use across a range of subjects. Most students will choose at least two option modules from the broad range on offer. Although all fourth year modules can be studied individually, some will offer a progression from second year modules, thus allowing you to pursue a specialism if you so wish.

Sample modules

  • Film Studies
    Contemporary Visual Arts in France
  • Gender, Society and Economy in France
  • Literature and Politics of the Postcolonial

Teaching and Assessment

Most of your work in second and fourth years is in seminar groups. We believe that this provides the best opportunities for personalised study, active participation and collaborative learning. We believe in helping you develop skills which are relevant to the world of work - including information-handling techniques, presentation skills, time management and team work. These skills are developed through a variety of activities, including presentations by staff and students, small-group work, class discussions and structured independent study.

Types of Assessment 

Your core language modules are assessed by written and oral exams, as well as by your performance in oral classes. Option modules are assessed by different combinations of presentations, exams and coursework essays.