French with a Beginners' Language

This course allows you to explore the language, literature, theatre, film, and linguistics of French, and gives you the opportunity to study another European language at a beginners level.

Over the first part of the course, you will focus on French - a language you already study at A-level (or can speak to an equivalent level). There will be online sessions to hone your language skills and knowledge of grammar, as well as lectures and seminars introducing you to an exciting array of topics in literature, culture, or linguistics, from the medieval period to the present day.

Over the following two days, you will be given the opportunity to study an unfamiliar language from scratch: in previous years, this has been either Italian, Portuguese, or Russian. This is a great opportunity to learn some beginners’ grammar and new phrases, and to explore a new culture through its literature, film, or linguistics.

Our aim is to give you a taste of what it is really like to study Modern Languages at Oxford, and to give you a sense of the breadth of our courses – including the languages you can study here as a beginner.

Over the course, you will also have opportunities for private study using online resources. You may be expected to do some preparatory reading before the course which will be sent to you in advance. Following sessions that will explore some of the key themes and contexts for the set texts, you will have the chance to test and flesh out your ideas in online seminars or tutorial-style discussions.

You will need to be studying French to A2 level to apply to this course.