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Department of French

The Department of French is truly diverse in its outlook and activities. It currently comprises twelve academic staff who are among the leaders in their fields and whose work covers a broad spectrum of French studies. Significant numbers of international students, including students from France, are attracted to the Department of French within the context of our exchange and postgraduate study programmes, making it a truly international and francophone environment in which to pursue academic study.

French is taught with modern, 'communicative' methods which combine a high level of oral competence with sound grammatical accuracy. The first two years of study have been designed to stand as autonomous units which are of value and interest in themselves. They also allow continuing students to make informed choices when deciding which French modules to take in third and fourth years. Overall the St Andrews French MA course is designed to allow students to develop analytical and communicative proficiency, alongside other crucial transferable skills, in English as well as in French.

The Department offers taught MLitt in French Studies which draws upon the research strengths of members of staff. PhD supervision is also available across a wide range of subjects.

Please note that the modules offered by the Department of French are not designed for native speakers.


Teaching award - April 2017

David Evans, Elise Hugueny-Léger, Elodie Laügt and Odile Rimbert have been awarded a University Teaching Excellence Award for the setting up and running of the Honours module FR4150, Creative Writing in French. This module aims to initiate students to creative writing in a second language and to develop not only linguistic competence and confidence, but also a better understanding of writing techniques and processes. Through weekly writing workshops, students have been working on a range of literary genres - prose, poetry, non-fiction, fairy tales, and collaborative writing - and have been sharing work in progress. This module also gives students an insight into the world of publishing thanks to the opportunity to interact with prize-winning French authors (in 2016-17: Emmanuelle Pireyre and Lou Sarabadzic) and to attend a creative writing retreat. It will run again in semester 2 of 2017-18.

Teaching award French 2017

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Contact details

Dr Gavin Bowd
Head of Department of French
School of Modern Languages
University of St Andrews
St Andrews KY16 9PH
Scotland, UK

Telephone: +44 1334 463643
E-mail: frenchhod@st-andrews.ac.uk