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Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature

College
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Department
Department of Foreign Languages
Level
Undergraduate
Study System
Courses
Total Credit Hours
123 Cr.Hrs
Duration
4
Intake
Fall & Spring
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Language
French
Study Mode
Full Time

Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature

​Program Goals
The program goals are:
  1. Provide students with a sound understanding of the structure and use of the French language through familiarizing them with the phonological, syntactic, morphological, and semantic systems of French.
  2. Equip graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for effective communication in the French-speaking global community.
  3. Familiarize students with the principles of language learning and the basic teaching and testing methods in order to become more qualified teachers.
  4. Provide students with the relevant theoretical issues and skills needed for translating a variety of texts and handling translation problems to enhance employability chances.
  5. Enable students to read and appreciate a variety of literary texts taken from French and Francophone literatures and from different periods.
  6. Develop students' critical and analytical abilities such that they would develop life-long learning skills and qualify for postgraduate qualification.

Program learning outcomes
  1. Describe the sounds of French and pronounce words and sentences clearly and legibly in terms of segmental and supra-segmental features.
  2. Analyze words into their respective constituents and differentiate sense relations between lexical units.
  3. Analyze sentences into their basic constituents and produce well-formed sentences of various levels of complexity.
  4. Analyze language at the semantic, sociolinguistic, and discoursal levels.
  5. Communicate with clarity, precision, in a variety of forms and for a variety of audiences in well-organized informative and persuasive speeches, paragraphs, essays, reports or research papers.
  6. Differentiate between the major teaching methods and techniques and apply the appropriate teaching method/techniques in teaching specific language skills, taking into consideration language learning principles and styles.
  7. Prepare valid tests of different types to assess the various language skills.
  8. Read a variety of literary genres critically and proficiently to demonstrate in writing or speech the comprehension, analysis, and interpretation of those genres.
  9. Translate and interpret a variety of text types from French into Arabic and vice versa, using proper terminology and appropriate style.
  10. Characterize the cultural specificities of the French speaking world.
  11. Use research skills and procedures to conduct research and deliver written and oral presentations.

 
Admission Requirements for B.A. in French Language and Literature

Students must have an A1 level in French.
Can join the program:
  •  Students who took already the DELF / A1 exam and passed it.
  • Student who learned French at school / high school (completed the A1 level) and passed with success the placement test (at UoS).
  • Students who took the uncredited French language intensive course (099) and passed it with success.

Carrere opportunities
Graduates of the proposed program will have a wide range of job opportunities in the private and public sectors. The labor market in the UAE offers graduates of the program job opportunities in federal ministries, media organizations, the Federal National Council, International inter-governmental organizations in the UAE (e.g. United Nations, UNHCR, etc. ), embassies, national security, strategic studies and research centers (e. g. , ECSSR), schools, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) offices, etc. In addition, graduates of the program may also have the opportunity to pursue study programs leading to graduate degrees (i. e., master and/or doctoral degrees). In turn, holding such a degree will qualify them for additional job opportunities in the domestic, regional, and international labor markets.

 

Program Overview

Graduation from the BA in French Language and Literature program requires students to complete 123 credit hours.

Requirements Compulsory Elective Total

Courses Credit Hours Courses Credit Hours Courses Credit Hours
University Requirements 6 18 2
6 8 24
College Requirements 5 15   - 5 15
Program Requirements 21 69 5 15 27 84
Total Credit Hours 102 21 123
 

Study Plan: Course List

1. University Requirements
The program requires students to take 24 credit hours, 18 of which are compulsory and the 6 are electives. Seven domains are covered:
A. English Language
B. Arabic Language
C. Islamic Studies
D. UAE Studies
E. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
F. Information Technology
G. Humanities, Social and Arts
H. Natural and Health Sciences


2. College Requirements
Every student has to select 5 courses out of these 6:
  • Art of Writing in Arabic
  • Introduction to Education
  • Islamic History
  • History of the Islamic City
  • Women and Development
  • Arab Society
 

3. Program Requirements
Students have to take all the compulsory courses (21 courses) and select 5 elective courses from the list of electives courses for the BA in French.

 
A. Compulsory courses (21 courses)
Course number Course Title Credited hours Prerequisites
0202103
French for beginners  I 6 099
0202104 French for beginners II
6
103
0202105
Oral and written Comprehension I 3 099
0202106 Writing Skills I 3 103
0202211 Advanced French 3 104
0202212 Oral and Written Comprehension II 3 105
0202213 Writing Skills II
3 106
0202214 Oral Practice 3 212
0202221 Grammar I 3 104
0202222 Grammar II 3 221
0202311 Civilization of the Francophone World 3 222
0202313 Debate 3 214
0202321 Contemporary French civilization 3 214
0202331 History and Analysis of Literary Texts 3 222
0202332 French Literature in the 18th and 19th Centuries 3 331
0202333 General Linguistics 3 222
0202334 Syntax 3 222
0202411 Literature and films 3 331
0202413 Sociolinguistics 3 333
0202422 French literature in the Twentieth Century 3 331
0202434 Field Training 3 333
               

B. Elective Courses for the (5 courses to choose from 10 courses)            
Course number Course Title Credited hours Prerequisites
0202312 General Translation 3 311
0202314 French for Business 3 222
0202322
Introduction to Translation 3 222
0202323 Francophone studies 3 222
0202412 Assessment of Teaching FLE 3 333
0202414 French for Diplomacy 3 222
0202415 French for Tourism 3 222
0202431 Teaching French as a Foreign Language 3 333
0202433 Internship in translation 3 312
0202424 Film studies 3 331
                                                   

Study Plan: Course Distribution        
Intensive Preparatory Course (uncredited): 80 to 100 hours of instruction

Freshman Year
Fall Semester ​ ​ ​
Spring Semester
Crs. Code Course Title Type Cr Pre-req. Crs. Code
Course Title Type Cr Pre-req.
103              French for beginnersI CC
6 099 104 Frenchfor beginners II CC 6 103
105 Oral and written Comprehension I CC 3 099 106 Writing Skills I CC 3 103
  University Requirement   3     University Requirement   3  
  University Requirement   3     University Requirement   3  
 
Total  
15     Total   15  

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester 
Spring Semester
Crs. Code Course Title Type Cr Pre-req. Crs. Code Course Title Type Cr Pre-req.
211 Advanced French CC 3 104 213 Writing Skills II CC 3 106
212 Oral and written comprehension II CC 3 105 214 Oral Practice CC 3 212
221 Grammar I CC 3 104 222 Grammar II CC 3 221
  Faculty Requirement   3     Faculty Requirement   3  
  University Requirement   3  
  University Requirement   3  
 
Total   15     Total   15  
 

Junior Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester​ ​   ​
Crs. Code
Course Title Type Cr Pre-req. Crs. Code Course Title Type Cr Pre-req.
331 History and Analysis of Literary Texts CC 3 222 332 French Literature in the 18th and 19th Centuries CC 3 331
321 Contemporary French civilization CC 3 214 313 Debate CC 3 214
333 General Linguistics CC 3 222 311 Civilisation of the Francophone world CC 3 222
  Elective specialization course   3     Elective specialization course   3  
  Faculty Requirement
  3     Faculty Requirement   3  
  Total
​15

Total
​15
 

 Senior Year
Fall Semester 
Spring Semester
Crs. Code Course Title Type Cr Pre-req. Crs. Code Course Title Type Cr Pre-req.
422 French literature in the Twentieth Century CC
3 331 413 Sociolinguistics CC 3 333
411 Literature and films CC 3 331 434 Field Training CC 3 333
334 Syntax CC 3 222   Elective specialization course   3  
  Elective specialization course         Elective specialization course   3  
  Faculty Requirement  
      University Requirement   3  
  Total  
15  
  Total   ​15
 
 

Course description


French intensive course
Course code: 099               6  UNCREDITED Course
This course is based on Alter Ego I manual The main objective of this course is to introduce learners to French and to teach them the basics of the four skills corresponding to level A1. It covers the following grammatical content: the verbs être, avoir, the definite, indefinite and partitive articles, the present, the past, the possessive adjectives, etc.

 
French for beginners I  
Course code: 0202103                    Credits: 6                                             Pre-requisite:  099
This course develops the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in addition to interculturality. It covers the following grammatical content: the passé composé, the imparfait, the COD and CDI, Accord du COD, the relative pronouns etc. At the end of this course, the level acquired must reach A1 +.

 
French for beginners II
Course code: 0202104                     Credits: 6                                             Pre-requisite: 103
This course builds on the teaching of Course 103 and uses the same manual, Alter Ego II. The four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in addition to interculturality are reinforced. Focusing on communicative tasks, observation and reflection, the learning path is to understand, to practice and to express oneself. This course covers the following grammatical content: future, conditional, imperative, subjunctive, expressions of opinion, doubt, cause etc. At the end of this course, the level acquired must reach A2.

 
Oral and written Comprehension I
Course code: 0202105                    Credits: 3                                             Pre-requisite:  099
This course aims to improve the oral and written comprehension skills acquired in the Beginner French course. The oral comprehension is based on various media (manual, website, and video). Students are required to complete tasks such as: understanding oral and written ritual formulas, presentations and description of someone, hobbies, occupations etc. This course also focuses on the skills needed to understand authentic written texts and training in text comprehension.

 
Writing skills I
Course code: 0202106                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 103
This course aims to reinforce the competence of the written expression acquired in the French for beginners course. The student learns to write easy texts by imitating models such as: filling in cards, describing someone, asking and announcing something, writing personal letters, postcards, e-mails etc. Particular attention should be paid to spelling and grammatical constructions.

 
Advanced French
Course code: 0202211                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 104
This course continues the teaching of Course 104. The four language skills and the intercultural skill will be developed. Focusing on communicative tasks that allow students to communicate and interact in common situations, the learning process is active and leads to autonomy. This course covers: compound relative pronouns, reported speech, passive, participle present, gerund, expressions of time, duration, adverbs, simple past etc. At the end of this course, the acquired level must reach B1.


Oral and writing comprehension II
Course code: 0202212                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 105
This course aims to strengthen the oral and written comprehension skills acquired in previous language courses. It relies on various and progressive media with different levels of language. The development of listening comprehension is centred on authentic communication situations. It aims at making the student able to locate the information of the text, to understand them and to react by asking questions. Strengthening the reading comprehension will lead the learner to identify a text, to identify its main ideas and to understand its purpose.


Writing skills II
Course code: 0202213                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 106
This course aims at strengthening the competence of the written expression already acquired by leading the student to obtain some basic techniques of writing in French from written text models. In this course, students will learn how to organize and state their thoughts, argue and express themselves clearly. It will also teach him techniques to summarize texts. This course also aims at helping students consolidate and improve their grammatical knowledge and enrich their vocabulary while training them to re-employ them by writing new texts.

 
Oral Practice
Course code: 0202214                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 212
This course aims at consolidating and improving student's oral skills. It is based on a manual and various audiovisual materials. It trains students to express themselves naturally through varied activities such asdiscussions, scenarios, simulations of meetings.

 

Grammar I
Course code: 0202221                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 104
The objective of this course is to systematize and progressively deepen the French grammar of the student and make it alive and stimulating. This course is organized around the following themes: the indirect speech in the present and the past, the principle of anteriority, the passive, the future, the hypotheses, the subjunctive and the logical relations.
 

Grammar II
Course code: 0202222                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 221
This course will continue to lead the student to systematize and deepen progressively in grammar through examples and authentic exercises. In this course, the focus will be on: present participle, gerund, verbal adjective, relative pronouns, and complement pronouns, expression of cause, consequence, comparison, opposition and purpose.
 

History and analysis of literary texts
Course code: 0202331                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 222
This course aims to introduce the student to French literary from the Middle Ages (11th) to the 21st century. It also introduces the learner to different literary genres (novel, poetry, theatre). It shows also the diversity of literary production in terms of geography (France, Africa, Caribbean ...) and theory (classicisme, romantisme, réalisme, nouveau roman,...).

 

Contemporary French civilisation
Course code: 0202321                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 214
This course aims to make the student aware of the French culture and civilization. Students study the different aspects of French society: geographical, historical, political, socio-economic and daily, while using various written and audiovisual resources. It encourages the student to analyze the specificities of the French culture.
 

General linguistics
Course code: 0202333                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 222
This course aims at teaching the student the basic principles of general linguistics such as: the relationship between semiotics and linguistics, the nature of human language and its functions, etc. It also introduces the student to the different branches of general linguistics, its terminology and the main linguists who have marked modern linguistics. It encourages the student to reflect on the nature and functions of the language by emphasizing its phonetic, phonological, syntactic, semantic and stylistic characteristics.

 
French literature in the 18th and 19th centuries
Course code: 0202332                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite:  331
This teaching studies the literature of the Enlightenment (eighteenth) including works of philosophical tales, encyclopaedias that inspired the French revolution and the abolition of slavery. It enables student to discover major literary movements and themes of the nineteenth century. This study will be done through the examination of literary extracts representative of different periods and trends.

 

Civilisation of the Francophone world
Course code: 0202311                                     Credits: 3                                             Pre-requisite:  222
This course will start with a global presentation of the French language inthe world: The Francophone world. The diversity and the richness of the society, culture and civilization in French speaking countries will be presented all along the semester. Students will discover this diversity through texts and videos and will identify different aspects of the civilization: what are the ways of life, the traditions, the communities, the celebrations, … . Students will discuss about this and compare between the different traditions and cultures and bring in their own cultural experience.They will discover also the various usage of the French language around the world.


Debate
Course code: 0202313                                     Credits: 3                                             Pre-requisite:  214
This course aims at developing oral comprehension and expression and in exploring a range of cultural, political, and social practices in France and in French-speaking countries.  Using written and audio-visual documents, the teacher and students propose topics on issues of actual interest (topics on issues of interest to Arab and French societies, and to their intersections and overlaps).

Students prepare a theme individually or in a group to make a presentation. At the end of the presentation, the teacher will launch and animate the debate. Students learn to listen carefully, to defend their divergent positions, to speak with confidence and enthusiasm and to motivate and persuade their audience.


French literature in the twentieth century
Course code: 0202422                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite:  331
This teaching will introduce the student to the main currents and literary ideas of the 20th century. Students will be exposed to a diverse experience of the French language in the world. This course will link the literature to the main social and political events of the 20th century (eg. Wold war I, Wald war II). We will pay attention to some main movement that appeared (eg. feminism, négritude). French and Francophone authors will be presented. 

 

Syntax
Course code: 0202334                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite:  222
This course introduces the student to the main concepts, categories, and modes of organization of syntax in French. It also introduces her /him to syntactic analysis such as: the analysis of constituents, the simple sentence, the complex sentence, the coordination and subordination, the functional relations between constituents, the infrasyntagmatic and suprasyntagmatic functional relations. It aims at helping the student acquire and deepen French language skills and to consolidate his understanding and expression skills.
 

Literature and films
Course code: 0202411                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite:  331
This course will explore the connexions between Francophone literature and films. Students will analyze some passages from francophone literary works and study their adaptation to the cinema. They will analyze the specificities of these two ways of expression. The course aims to develop critical and creative thinking regarding literature and cinematic adaptation.

 
 
Sociolinguistics
Course code: 0202413                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 333
This course aims at introducing the student to sociolinguistics: birth, main theoreticians, social conception of language, languages in contacts, vehicular languages, diglossia, linguistic conflicts, variables, etc. It brings the student to understand the linguistic aspect in the social realities. This course invites the student to think about the language not only taking into account its internal structure but also factors external to the language that influences it.


Field training
Course code: 0202434                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 333
The internship is a training of 130 hours spent in practising jobs in certain liberal professions, public or non-governmental institutions or outreach programs (e.g. offer some French courses) or community engagement under the supervision of a professor.
The objectives of the internship are many including: put into practice student's academic achievements, discover the reality and the functioning of the professional world / community engagement, participate in the production process of products or services, illuminate student's orientation and career ambitions, improve self-confidence and ability to make decisions, to adapt, fit into a work team, etc.
The internship is validated by the writing of an internship report. This internship, if done in a school / outreach, can provide students who are planning to teach French with supervised teaching experience. The course allows those students to develop a better understanding of the teaching process by preparing lesson plans, having structured classroom observations and practice.

 

Introduction to translation
Course code: 0202322                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 222
This course aims to introduce the domain of translation. Students will learn the evolution of translation studies and the different approaches in translation.  It teaches students the basic ideas, concepts and skills of translation: the translator's job: its history and importance, translation terminology, tools and methodology. The student's initiation to the translation of general and varied texts from French into Arabic is carried out with a focus on linguistic and lexical improvement.

 
General translation
Course code: 0202312                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 311
This course deepens the basic skills already acquired and trains the student on the technique of understanding source text through active reading and the tools of documentary research. It focuses on the linguistic and extra-linguistic translation difficulties. This course focuses on practice. The aim of this course is not only to train the student in the translation of French various authentic texts into Arabic, but also to make the students think about the problems posed by the source text and about the appropriate tools to be used to seek suitable solutions.

 
Francophone studies
Course code: 0202323                     Credits: 3                                                                             Pre-requisite: 222
The Francophone world is huge and French speakers are located in different places all around the world. This course will provide students with a global view of the Francophone culture. Students will discover the Francophone world through cinema, literature, food, celebrities.
 

Assessment of Teaching FLE
Course code: 0202412                     Credits: 3                                                                             Pre-requisite: 333
The course aims at providing the student with theoretical knowledge of assessment, including different methods of evaluation. It focuses on developing the skills needed to develop and implement tests to assess the skills of oral and written comprehension and oral and written expression. The course prepares students to choose the appropriate assessment tool and to evaluate their students using correction grids.
 

French for business
Course code: 416                               Credits: 3                                                                             Pre-requisite: 222
This course gives the student a professional knowledge and know-how in the field of business. It familiarizes the student with the French business discourse. The student will discover the company and the cultural and socio-economic realities of the Francophone business world. It initiates and prepares the student to communicate and integrate into the world of Francophone business. Teaching is carried out through texts, written and recorded dialogues and videos that reflect current professional situations and tasks in this area.
 

French for diplomacy
Course code: 414                               Credits: 3                                                                             Pre-requisite: 222
This course gives the student a professional knowledge and know-how in the field of diplomatic relations. It familiarizes him with the French diplomacy discourse as a specialized language having its own terminology and discursive techniques such as: the formulation of a constructed thought and a communication strategy, the defence of interest, the seeking compromise etc. Teaching is done through texts, written and recorded dialogues, and videos that reflect common work situations and tasks.
 

French for tourism
Course code: 415                                               Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 222
This course gives the student a professional knowledge and know-how in the field of tourism. It familiarizes him with French tourism discourse as a specialized language having its own terminology. The student will discover the cultural and socio-economic realities of the Francophone tourism world. It introduces and prepares him to communicate and integrate into the tourism world. Teaching is done through texts, written and recorded dialogues, and videos that reflect common work situations and tasks.
 

Teaching French as a Foreign language
Course code: 0202431                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 333
This course aims at introducing the student to the fundamental principles and practices of teaching French as a foreign language (FLE), to introduce her / him to the key principles and concepts of teaching French, to discover current didactic approaches to the management and the animation of the classroom and to the exploitation of authentic documents. It leads the student to understand teaching strategies, the role and tasks of the teacher, the research and the selection of materials for the class.
 

Film studies
Course code: 0202424                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 331
This course will provide students with a global view of the French cinema. In this course, students will watch and discuss some French movies. As movies are deeply linked to the country history and culture, we will discuss also the socio-historical background of these movies.

 
Internship in translation
Course code: 0202433                                     Credits: 3                                                             Pre-requisite: 312
Students are introduced to real world of translation. They have to choose a place to work at for the semester, where they translate a variety of texts.The course starts with theoretical material which covers the first week and where students are introduced to translation ethics.
Students have to meet their academic supervisor on a regular base to discuss about their experience.

 
Service courses: University elective courses
This course is offered as a University elective course:
 
Course number
Course Title Credited hours
0202130 French language 3
 

Course description

French language
Course code: 0202130                                     Credits: 3                                                            
The course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of the French language.
It targets the fundamental language needs of students and gives them the necessary tools for immediate communication in French.
The students will learn to listen, speak, read and write French at beginner level. They will be familiarized with a variety of topics related to everyday life in French through a communicative based language use and activities.