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BA French and Japanese / Course details
Year of entry: 2019
BA French and Japanese provides a comprehensive grounding in French and Japanese language, literature, culture, history and linguistics, enabling you to become proficient enough to live and work effectively in a French or Japanese-speaking environment.
The core language teaching will enable you to develop various linguistic skills including speaking and writing accurately, understanding and analysing audio, video and written materials, using different registers, speaking to a group with confidence, and translating with appropriate sensitivity.
- At least two thirds of our staff are native speakers, teaching you in French in 'language' classes as well as most 'culture' classes.
- You will experience between 3 and 6 hours of French grammar and conversation every week (at post A-Level or beginners' level), in order to reach near-native precision and fluency. This will run in parallel with optional course units on French and Francophone history, politics, literature, popular culture and/or linguistics, from the Early Modern period to the present.
- You will benefit from our long-established partnership with the Alliance Française de Manchester with cultural events throughout the year, such as film screenings, talks, plays, concerts, exhibitions and intensive language classes.
- You will also benefit from our collaboration with the Institut de Touraine in the Loire Valley, which hosts Easter and Summer French language classes that are appropriate for ab initio students and finalists.
- Our range and quality of courses are regularly cited for praise by external examiners and two colleagues have won University Teaching Excellence Awards.
- You will follow a Japanese Studies curriculum through which you will learn about Japan-related topics in historical, linguistic, cultural, religious and other contexts, drawing on the wide range of research carried out by staff in Japanese Studies.
- The course centres on a core framework in Year 1 but some choice of modules from Year 2 onwards will enable you to focus on particular areas of interest in the study of Japan and East Asia.
- Japanese Studies at Manchester is taught by a diverse team of academic specialists in the field.
- The course gives you the opportunity to build on existing knowledge of the language or study it as a beginner.
You can study and/or work for up to a year in a country or countries relevant to your chosen language(s) to improve your communicative language skills in a native-speaker environment.
Palaver Festival , a collaboration with the neighbouring Contact Theatre, offers you the opportunity to explore links between language and performance across a range of genres including literature, theatre, dance and more.
Collaborations and partnerships
The University has links with language and cultural institutions across the city, including:
- Instituto Cervantes - a centre for Spanish culture
- HOME - international and contemporary art, theatre and film
- Alliance Française - home of French language and culture.
The University is home to over 30 international and language-related student societies offering a breadth of cultural activities and experiences, including the Francophone Society and the Japanese Society.
Teaching and learning
You'll learn through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, spending approximately 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.
For every hour of university study, you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.
Applicants should be aware that learning Japanese is very intensive and that a great deal of time is required for this throughout the course (extending through the summer period between Years 1 and 2, particularly for beginners).
The first few weeks may be particularly intensive for those who have not encountered Japanese script, and we strongly advise all applicants to ensure that they have learned at least the hiragana script prior to Week 1 of teaching; guidance on materials to help with this can be obtained from language tutors.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed in various ways, including:
- written and oral examinations;
- coursework (which may include library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection, or web-based research);
- in your final year, a dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.
Assessment methods vary from course unit to course unit - see individual course unit listings for more information.
Course unit details
It is probably true to say that you will be doing more hours of study than many other students but if you put in the work your achievements will be correspondingly high. If you are concerned that Japanese is not the same as European languages in terms of workload then you should probably not be considering this course. If you are planning to work part-time you must ensure that you are able to put in sufficient study hours. Hard work is essential for learning Japanese - especially the written language - but doing so is an extraordinarily rewarding experience that opens numerous doors and produces very high levels of satisfaction.
Course content for year 1
You will study 60 credits from each discipline.
French language and grammar study is tailored to your existing level of French (beginner or post-A-level) and enables progress in all areas of linguistic reception and production (listening, reading, writing, speaking). A growing emphasis on group work and independent language learning provides transferable skills.
Your other course units are broad-based at this level and cover 350 years of key French events, people, ideas and cultural production.
- The first and second-year language course units include an Independent Language Learning Programme for post-beginners, through which you build up a portfolio of independent work by making linguistic notes on, for example, Japanese videos, satellite TV, or newspapers. This enables you to develop not only your linguistic expertise, but also your skills in independent learning - a vital requirement in today's knowledge-based society.
- The intensive language teaching programme puts a heavy emphasis on thoroughly covering core language structures to provide secure foundations for progression to higher levels in subsequent years.
- Students take core course units (with an external option for single honours) introducing them to academic skills and providing essential knowledge of history and society.
Course units for year 1
|French Cultural Studies||FREN10070||20||Mandatory|
|Identity in Modern France||FREN10150||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 1||FREN51011||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 2||FREN51022||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 3||FREN51030||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Japanese Studies||JAPA10030||20||Mandatory|
|Japanese Language 1||JAPA51011||20||Mandatory|
|Japanese Language 2||JAPA51022||20||Mandatory|
|Japanese Language 3||JAPA51031||20||Mandatory|
|Japanese Language 4||JAPA51042||20||Mandatory|
Course content for year 2
You may choose to study up to two-thirds of your credits from either discipline or maintain equal weighting.
- In the second year of your course, you build on the grounding already established. This year's core language course unit develops that of the previous year and prepares you for the linguistic challenges of your year abroad, including dedicated sessions on writing CVs and cover letters for job applications in French.
- The other course units available in your second year are options under four categories: Literature; History and Politics; Popular Culture; Linguistics and Translation. Topics covered include race and colonisation; cinema; literary representations of the 'tragic'; socio-linguistics. All include a research component that encourages you to develop your skills of analysis and information-gathering, working independently or in a group.
- The Japanese language course units in Year 2 continue to build competence and the Independent Language Learning Portfolio and learning partnerships remain central to this process.
- In addition, students develop their studies of Japan via a choice of course units in areas such as Japanese history, religion, society and culture, and begin to prepare for residence abroad.
Course units for year 2
|French Language 4||FREN51040||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 5||FREN51050||20||Mandatory|
|Japanese Language 5||JAPA51051||20||Mandatory|
|Japanese Language 6||JAPA51062||20||Mandatory|
|Japanese Language 7||JAPA51071||20||Mandatory|
|Japanese Language 8||JAPA51082||20||Mandatory|
|French Cinema to 1980||FREN20142||20||Optional|
|Identity and Power||FREN20561||20||Optional|
|Temptations of the Tragic: Love and Death in French Literature||FREN20682||20||Optional|
|Modern and Contemporary Japan: Social Dynamics||JAPA20122||20||Optional|
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Course content for year 3
Your third year of study is spent abroad under approved conditions.
Course content for year 4
You may choose to divide your studies equally between both languages or study up to two-thirds of your credits from either language.
- In your final year, language study is centred on sophisticated essay writing, translation and oral debate, with the option to study Business French if you like.
- Also available in this year are course units that cover topics closely related to the research interests of individual members of staff (eg exoticism and travel writing; popular music; France and Algeria; Animal Studies). As part of your final-year work, you can write a dissertation on a theme of your choice related to one of your course units, which students find an especially rewarding experience.
- Students will select from various Japanese units in religion, historical, cultural and social science areas.
- The language teaching programme continues to develop and refine abilities in all skills and has specialised strands for either Translation (Japanese to English) or Business Japanese Communication, depending on student preference.
- As part of your final-year work, you can write a dissertation on a theme of your choice related to one of your course units.
Course units for year 4
|French Language 6||FREN51060||20||Mandatory|
|Japanese Language 9||JAPA51090||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Interpreting: Context, Skills and Modes||ELAN30242||20||Optional|
|Dissertation in French Studies||FREN30000||40||Optional|
|Protest Music in France||FREN30001||20||Optional|
|The Cinema of Michael Haneke||FREN30141||20||Optional|
|Exoticism & Orientalism in C19th France: French Romantics and Local Colour||FREN30871||20||Optional|
|Core Themes in Animation and Visual Culture of Postwar Japan||JAPA20131||20||Optional|
|Advanced Readings in Japanese||JAPA32000||20||Optional|
|Bodies, Sex and Gender in Japan||JAPA33071||20||Optional|
The University Language Centre is home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite, purpose-built recording rooms and resources for over 70 languages.
The Centre also offers multilingual word processing, language learning software, off-air recording and AV duplication, multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV, and extensive support and advice for learners.
Learn more on the Facilities page.