Our French programmes offer students a wide and flexible choice of modules, taught by an expert team of academic staff.
French studies at Newcastle is taught by a friendly, expert team of 11 lecturers, comprising both French and English native speakers.
We cover a variety of different aspects of French studies, including the French Caribbean and Algeria as well as France.
We offer a wide and flexible choice of subject combinations, so that you can combine French with, for example, Spanish, German, Chinese or Japanese, or study it along with business or linguistics.
Our teaching is inspired and informed by themes from our research interests. You will be taught by experts in the field who publish on their specialist topics and are up to date with the latest thinking and debates.
In addition to compulsory French language modules, we offer a wide range of optional modules on French and Francophone history, society and politics, literature and culture, film and linguistics.
You may choose to sample different aspects of French studies, or focus on the area which interests you most. Some of our options are taught and assessed in French to help develop your language skills.
We integrate our French exchange students into our activities.
This strengthens links between native French-speaking exchange students and undergraduates, providing additional opportunities to practise speaking French.
We also operate a Skype scheme with the University of Reims.
On the year abroad you may study at a university, work as an English language assistant in a school or undertake a work placement, depending on where your interests lie.
We have exchange Erasmus links with universities, business and translation schools in France, Belgium and Switzerland.
We also have regular internships with a number of companies in France (though students are free to find their own internships, as long as they fulfil SML requirements); and we have two summer internships with local authorities in Nancy.
For more about French Studies at Newcastle, see our Newsletters.
The emphasis in final year on translation and interpreting paves the way to our Professional Translation for European Languages MA.
We also offer a one-year MLitt degree, allowing you to focus in depth on one aspect of French Studies that you may wish to carry further into postgraduate research as a PhD student.
In final year we offer a dissertation option, which you begin preparing for during the year abroad.
It's then that you have the chance to develop independent research and find out what aspect of French you are most interested in.
There are lots of extra-curricular activities for French studies students to get involved in.
There are lots of activities going on in French at Newcastle, including film screenings and study days at the Tyneside Cinema.
There is also an opportunity to get involved in the local Alliance Française, which regularly hosts French evenings and offers free membership to undergraduate students.
Final year students are also given the chance to translate documents provided by local, national or international charities to practice their translation and language skills in a professional context.
We provide a dynamic research environment, comprising staff of international prominence alongside a commitment to supporting younger researchers.
French is one of five subject groups within the School of Modern Languages (SML) that operates as a single administrative and academic unit.
Newcastle has long been an important centre for French studies. We have strong research in:
- cultural studies
- film studies
- literature and linguistics
- history and society
Each research-active scholar specialises in one or more fields and engages in the theoretical and methodological debates of the corresponding academic communities across the School and the Faculty.
Areas of specific French research interest are:
- 19th century literature and culture (Nigel Harkness)
- contemporary women's writing (Pauline Henry-Tierney; Shirley Jordan; Kathryn Robson)
- dialectology (Damien Hall)
- French and Algerian cinema (Guy Austin, Sarah Leahy)
- 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature (Shirley Jordan)
- gender studies (Nigel Harkness; Pauline Henry-Tierney; Shirley Jordan; Kathryn Robson)
- popular culture (media, sport, music) and public policy (Hugh Dauncey)
- postcolonial cultures (Guy Austin, Myriem El Maizi)
- sociolinguistics, language variation, language change (Damien Hall)
- translation (Pauline Henry-Tierney)
- trauma and culture (Guy Austin, Kathryn Robson)
- visual culture (Shirley Jordan, Nigel Harkness)
Our school has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research activity, at a national and international level.
This interdisciplinary research is facilitated by centres for research excellence, in which French staff play a leading role.
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As well as our strong commitment to research, we're also actively engaged with scholarly activity in language learning and teaching. Our language teaching team is currently working on the following projects:
- E-Portfolio for Year Abroad Students
- E-Tandem between English and French UG students to improve fluency
- Practicing French Language Teaching in Higher Education for Erasmus Exchange Students
- Translating in Professional Contexts
Those projects all take place locally within the School of Modern Languages but are disseminated nationally and internationally through publications and conference papers.
This makes us one of the most innovative sites for the learning and teaching of French within British higher education, while significantly enhancing student experience.
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Staff from the French Studies section are involved in the following research groups:
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The following members of staff work within the French Studies section in the School of Modern Languages.
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Professor Guy Austin
Professor of French Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7447
Dr Hugh Dauncey
Reader in French Popular Culture
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7491
Dr Myriem El Maizi
Senior Lecturer in French Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7581
Dr Cécilia Gil
Teaching Fellow in French
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5442
Italian teaching fellow
Dr Damien Hall
Lecturer in French Linguistics, School of Modern Languages Director of the Year Abroad
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8521
Dr Pauline Henry-Tierney
Lecturer in French Translation
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8301
Professor Shirley Jordan
Professor of French Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3542
Dr JC Penet
Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7483
Isabelle Ruegg Alter
Teaching Fellow in French
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2085442