Studying modern languages is about more than vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation: you will also immerse yourself in culture, spend time working or studying abroad and learn to understand the subtleties of communication. This is the most specialised of the degree programmes offered by the Department of French. In each year you follow core language modules in which skills in the understanding and expression of French are developed by a variety of methods. In your first year a general foundation module introduces you to various aspects of French studies – literature, film, linguistics, visual art, philosophy and politics – designed to deepen your knowledge of France and its culture. In your second and final years you choose more specialised modules until, by the end of your final year, you are able to speak French fluently, write analytically in accurate French, interpret and analyse complex texts, present papers on chosen topics, and translate challenging texts. Your third year is normally spent abroad, in France or a French-speaking country. You can choose to study at another university, or else take up a work placement, for example as a teaching assistant.