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French and Linguistics (BA) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)


UCAS Code
R1Q1

Qualification
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Location of Study
University of Warwick


By combining French with Linguistics you’ll be able to explore the social contexts of language, as well as how language is acquired. This course enables you to devote equal time to French and Linguistics, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interest in language acquisition, sociolinguistics and intercultural communication, while developing your language skills and cultural understanding.


Course overview

By combining French with Linguistics you’ll be able to study a language while exploring the social contexts of language, as well as how language is acquired. You’ll learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts, while developing practical analytical skills. As well as enabling you to explore the diversity of French language and culture, your joint degree will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity; language and media; and politics and education.

Within the Centre for Applied Linguistics, you’ll learn how language is structured (syntax), how we use it to construct meaning (semantics), how context contributes to meaning (pragmatics) and the part that sounds and sound patterns play (phonetics and phonology). You’ll also have the chance to explore examples from different cultural, historical, and linguistic contexts and to develop practical analytical skills. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.


Course structure

In your first year, you will take language classes designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken French. You will also take the core module The Story of Modern France, where you will examine primary texts from major periods and events in French history, literature, and politics. In Linguistics, you will take two modules (‘Understanding Language’ and ‘Language and Society’) and a further module dedicated to research, academic, and professional skills.

Having acquired foundation skills in your first year, you will go on to develop your language skills on more advanced language modules in your intermediate and final years, as well as developing your interests beyond French language. Modules in the French department and the Centre for Applied Linguistics reflect the research specialisms of academic staff and cover a broad range of subjects.


How will I learn?

We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading and analysing materials set for study, writing essays and working on your language skills.


Contact hours

12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).


Class size

Seminars generally involve around 15 students.


How will I be assessed?

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

The final degree classification is determined by your intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.


Your year abroad

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

  • Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school
  • Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country
  • On a work placement

The most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.

General entry requirements

A level:

  • AAB to include A level French

IB:

  • 36 to include 5 in Higher Level French

BTEC:

  • We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside A level French

Additional requirements:

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry requirements.


Contextual data and differential offers

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).


Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.


Taking a gap year

Applications for deferred entry welcomed.


Interviews

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Year One

Modern French Language 1

You will deepen your understanding of French grammar and syntax with the help of tutors experienced in facilitating the transition from A-level to university-level competence. You will learn appropriate technical vocabulary and handle complex structures. You will develop the skills required to produce authentic and accurate translations of journalistic material from French to English. Finally, writing in formal French introduces you to the structures and methods used to debate ideas on contemporary issues. You will increase your reading and comprehension skills and develop your ability to exploit texts for vocabulary, idioms, syntax and grammatical structures. Working with a native speaker in small groups, you will discuss topics on contemporary French culture and society, using audio, video and text resources.

The Story of Modern France

Why is modern France obsessed by the past? What are the milestones in the creation of modern France? How have notions of France and Frenchness been shaped through the stories told about them? These are some of the questions you’ll explore through close reading of primary sources from major periods and events in French history. You’ll be guided on your journey by a range of materials, from the cartoons of May 1968 to prints dating back to the French Revolution, and from stories of Charlemagne to films and texts reflecting France’s ongoing preoccupation with its (often controversial) recent past. Equipped with these foundations, you will be well prepared to study further aspects of French and Francophone culture in the later stages of your degree.

Linguistics: Understanding Language

What is language? What is it made of? What rules do we follow when we put sounds together to create words and when we combine words to create sentences? How many languages are spoken in the world today, and in which ways are they similar or different? These are some of the questions that you will explore on this module. Using examples from different languages, you will analyse real-life language data in order to develop the practical skills required for linguistic analysis.

Language in Society

In this module, you will learn to unpack the ways in which language shapes and is shaped by society. You will analyse critically how language operates in different linguistic and cultural settings, using a range of theoretical concepts, empirical research and methodologies to understand, describe and interpret language use in society. This includes an investigative study of language use, during which you will also develop your communication and study skills.

Research, Academic and Professional Skills

Providing a foundation for modules ET214 and ET215, this module will help you develop the research, academic and professional skills needed to succeed at university and beyond. You will explore research, data-collection and analytical methodologies, using real-life examples of language, culture and communication. You will develop an analytical toolkit to serve you in multiple contexts, including your future career. You will also become familiar with research conventions, including ethical approval, literature review, communication and critical understanding of academic writing.

Intermediate Year^

Modern French Language 2

You will consolidate and develop the productive and receptive language skills you acquired in your first year. By the end of the course, you should have appropriate knowledge of vocabulary and syntactic and grammatical structures to produce written French in two prescribed genres. You will develop your skills in translation to and from French, with a focus on specific translation problems, and increase the accuracy with which you use grammatical structures. In spoken French, you will comprehend and produce structured spoken French on a range of topics of contemporary significance in the context of simulated scenarios.

Linguistics: Structure, Sound and Meaning

This module provides you with intensive instruction in six core domains of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. You will expand substantially on concepts that were introduced to you during Linguistics: Understanding Language. You will work from a wide range of language data to develop your knowledge of findings, theories, and methodologies from these domains. You will build core disciplinary knowledge that is essential to any field of linguistics inquiry, and establish a necessary foundation for advanced linguistic research.

Sociolinguistics

Why do we speak differently in different situations? Can you identify the features of a Geordie and a Scouse accent? Do men and women speak differently, and if so, why? These are questions you will explore as we examine the relationship between language use and social context. Building on module ET119 (Language in Society), you will develop a greater understanding of linguistic variation. With the opportunity to conduct your own research study, you can expect to complete your course armed with a set of theories, insights and skills to enable you to address such questions, and to explore your own questions about the role of language in society.

Final Year

Modern French Language 3

You will consolidate and develop your ability to write and speak confidently and at a level of intellectual sophistication in correct French. By the end of the course, you should be able to produce a structured written argument on a topic related to your intellectual interests or of cultural concern, in French that is grammatically correct, idiomatic, varied in vocabulary and grammatical structure, and in an appropriate register. You should be able to translate from French to English and English to French accurately, using your detailed knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and idiom, and employing an appropriate register. You will strengthen your skills in pronunciation and intonation and demonstrate these through fluent oral presentation and discussion of an intellectually serious topic.

Communication Modes

In this module, you will learn how the sounds, gestures and facial expressions we make combine with linguistic choices to give meaning to our messages and influence our interpretation of the messages of others. You will develop a deeper awareness of the impact of different modes of communication and increase your understanding of the research and analysis that underpin our knowledge of human communication in all its complexity.


Examples of optional modules/options for current students:

^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken

Tuition fees

Find out more about fees and funding.


Additional course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

Your career

Graduates from Modern Language courses have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Amazon
  • British Airways
  • Civil Service
  • Grayce Consulting
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • HSBC
  • Ipsos Mori
  • Lidl
  • NBC Universal
  • Save the Children International
  • The Department for International Trade

They have pursued careers such as:

  • Business and financial project management professionals
  • Chartered and certified accountants
  • Financial accounts managers
  • Human resources and industrial relations officers
  • Management consultants and business analysts
  • Public services associate professionals
  • Teachers and other educational professionals

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
  • Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
  • Languages Alumni Evening

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

Georgina, current student

"Very small classes"

"The best part of studying in the SMLC is the feeling of community. Unlike other courses, we often have very small classes, which makes you feel as though you can get to know your tutors and cohort better than if we always sat in large lectures."

Georgina

BA Modern Languages


"My favourite module so far is France and the Right, from Dreyfus Affair to Le Pen, mainly because I love looking at French politics. You also get to interact with different source materials such as songs, videos and pamphlets which makes it really interesting, and for the assessment in the module I’m able to write an essay with my own title."

Adam

BA English and French

Why did you choose to study languages at Warwick?

"It wasn't that much of a choice in the sense that it was my clearing option, but I looked at the course that was on offer compared to other clearing options that was available to me and Warwick just seemed to be the best option in terms of teaching and how its assessed and module choice as well. I was just like, actually, this is where I want to be."

How did you find the transition from A level to University?

"Everyone says that the transition from A level to University is really scary, but I actually found that the teachers at Warwick made it really easy in terms of grammar when we came in they were just like, right, we want to make sure you're familiar with this and then we're going to throw this in the mix as well, just to see how you cope."

What has been your favourite module so far?

"My favourite module has to be the one I'm currently doing, which is France and the Right, from Dreyfus Affair to Le mainly because I just love French politics, but also you get to see the history of it and interact with different source materials. Like we've looked at songs, we've looked at videos, we've looked at pamphlets, you know, it's really interesting and um, in terms of assessment, I'm able to write an essay with my own title. So I'm actually researching some really interesting stuff for them, and for that, I say that just get me really excited."

Why study cultural modules whilst learning a language?

"A cultural module is definitely help with language modules in the sense that you learn the reasons behind certain language choices. Like for example, when you're looking at newspaper translations, whatever like that, you might find that leftist papers more likely to refer to ‘the Republic’ and ‘Marianne’ and things like that. And you need to know, hold on, what are these things? And that's where the culture modules come in. They sort of tell you what you need for the translations."

What do you like most about being part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures?

"I have to say the best thing about the School of Modern Languages and Cultures is the people, like the staff are so friendly, they make you feel really welcome. If you have a problem, then someone will say “these are my office hours, come see me”. If you've been talking to them about a particular bit of research and you pass them in the corridor, they re-initiate the conversation."

What is the teaching in the school like?

"Teaching and learning is really interesting in the sense that it's not so much, “I am the teacher I’m going to tell you this”. It's more like, “I am the teacher, what do you think about this?” And then it opens it up to a whole avenue of discussions."

What are your plans after University?

"After university I'm probably hoping to do postgrad and then probably a PhD, because I kind of really like the idea of teaching at University. I've had such positive experiences at myself, so it would kind of be nice to see it from the other side I guess."

What advice would you give to someone looking at studying languages?

"Honestly, it's probably going to be, um, one of the best decisions you've ever made because especially if you come to Warwick, if you ever had any other plans like I did, you don't look back because they make you feel so welcome. You get to do so much interesting stuff and it's taught in such a nice way that you're like, actually, there's not much better than this."

This information is applicable for 2021 entry. Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.