Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

Studying a language and its associated cultures opens up new worlds. In the era of globalisation, the value of mastering more than one language and having intercultural skills is on an all'time high, and there is a shortage of trained modern linguists. You will be taught the multiple language skills in a variety of class formats, making the fullest use of up to date technologies while not abandoning traditional methods such as formal grammar teaching. Language teaching at Queen Mary is fully integrated into a rich programme of social, philosophical, cultural, political and linguistic enquiry. The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film also includes the departments of Linguistics, Film and Comparative Literature and prides itself on its interdisciplinary research and teaching culture. You are encouraged to look beyond the confines of your subject and take some complementary modules to create links and widen your horizons. In addition to the acquisition of knowledge, you learn to contextualise information, develop analytical skills, become an experienced communicator and build up intercultural competence. Teaching typically involves a lecture per week for each module, followed by a seminar group session. You will spend about 12'16 hours a week in classes. Of these, 4'10 hours are language classes in small groups. Many more hours go into guided study outside the classroom. Languages at Queen Mary are taught and studied in a research intensive environment. All teachers are experts in their field ' be that language acquisition or German philosophy ' as evidenced the School's strong showing in the last Research Assessment Exercise. At the same time, National Student Survey results repeatedly show that we are 'good at explaining things'.

Course Modules

Year 1: Foundations of linguistics; French I; French foundations; out of Africa; brief encounters (short stories and tall tales); identities in contemporary France; language in the UK; languages of the world; language acquisition. Year 2: French II; aspects of meaning in language; explaining grammatical structure; the linguistics of storytelling; language and ethnicity; language and the media; contemporary French cinema (1980s and 1990s); French phonetics and phonology; art in France (Manet to early Picasso); thought in France. Year 3: Year abroad (written assignment); Year 4: French III; ethnography of communications; bilingualism; philosophy of language; language and life in London; pidgins and creoles; unfamiliar languages; advanced oral competence in French; early modern French thought II (psychology and ethics); language and identity in Qu'bec; surrealism; new women's writing in French.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £28,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 77%
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABB-BB
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma MD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade