Both subjects at Manchester give students a) a firm grounding in their chosen languages and b) the chance to explore in depth the culture, linguistics, film, art, history and literature of the countries and communities in which those languages are spoken. Throughout the course students are trained in the relevant modern spoken and written languages, by following a high-level core language course. From Year One, students discover how the languages really work by learning about their morphology, syntax, phonology and phonetics. French Students thoroughly develop their French language skills by working with a variety of oral and written French texts and engaging in discussions in French (most of this language instruction takes place in French and is predominantly taught by native speakers). Core language courses at all levels of study are complemented by a variety of other Francophone-related topic areas and by a period spent in a French-speaking country, such as at our popular university exchange partners in Brussels, Geneva, Lyon, Martinique, Paris, La Réunion and Quebec. Our students also teach English in schools across the world as part of the British Council's assistantship scheme, and many complete work placements across Europe, Africa and North America. Independent, monitored self-study reinforces students' knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Students may also take a set of broad-based content courses that provide essential grounding in key areas of French and Francophone culture (especially visual studies), society, linguistics, history and literature. Some of the content teaching on these courses is in English, so that students can focus fully on the new concepts introduced to them and can hone not only their French language skills, but also their expression and accuracy in English: key transferable skills for the workplace following graduation. Portuguese The course gives students a thorough grounding in the languages and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Students study both European and Brazilian Portuguese. They also explore a range of options in areas such as contemporary culture, colonialism, literature and cinema from Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique and Angola. Both languages Year 3 is spent split between French- and Portuguese-speaking countries (on university exchange, work placement, or teaching as an English-language assistant).