French TSM is a joint honor programme. Both subjects are normally studied for three years and one subject only is studied in the fourth year. An honors degree is awarded in both subjects.
French, read in combination with another subject, is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in all aspects of French. The result is that you leave university with a high standard of fluency in the language, both written and spoken, and with a wide knowledge of major aspects of French literature, culture and society. The development of reading, analytical, and critical skills, in the form of both oral tasks and written exercises, also forms an integral part of this course.
Language instruction – including computer-based elements – forms the backbone of the teaching programme and students are expected to progress to a high level of competence in the four basic linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This includes nurturing an ability to cope with different registers and styles of written and spoken French and to reflect critically on the way the language is used and structured. History of the language or aspects of its contemporary form and use are examples of optional subjects available over the course of the four years.
The Freshman years
The programme in the Junior Freshman (first) year includes an introduction to many aspects of contemporary France, general linguistics and literature. First year subject areas include:
French grammar and grammatical analysis
Comprehension of the written and spoken language
Contemporary short stories, novels, theatre, films and a specially prepared anthology of French poetry
You will spend approximately five hours each week working on language and grammar and approximately two hours each week studying literature.
In the Senior Freshman (second) year, you will build on this foundation by following courses in the history of French ideas and ideologies, French literature, French linguistics and in the analysis of the French language itself.
The Sophister years
In the Junior Sophister and Senior Sophister (third and fourth) years a wide variety of optional subjects leading on from courses previously undertaken in the Freshman (first and second) years are available. These range from classical and contemporary French literature to politics, society and identity in France and other Francophone countries, French travel writing. If you elect to study French in your final year you will research and write a dissertation in English or French on a subject of your choice in consultation with a supervisor.
Written, oral and aural examinations, in addition to essays and continuous assessment of your coursework, all contribute to assessment. Senior Sophisters (fourth year students) will also be required to research and write a final year dissertation.
Special Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate: HC1 French
Advanced GCE (A Level): Grade C