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B.A. FRENCH PROGRAMME

INTRODUCTION

The Department of French was known, at its inception in 1950, as the Department of French Studies.  In 1964, it became the French Section when four other languages – Arabic, Russian, Spanish and Swahili – were introduced and put under the Department of Modern Languages, together with French. In August 2011, the French Section was transformed into a Department of French.

 

FACULTY

Robert Yennah                                                        -                 Senior Lecturer /Head of Dept. 

BA (Ghana) MA/MPhil. (Nanterre) PhD (Sorbonne)

Augustine H. Asaah                                                -                 Professor

BA Dip. Ed (Cape Coast), MPhil, DPhil. (Ghana)        

John Nee-Djan Dodoo                                            -                 Associate Professor (Part-Time)

BA (Ghana) DES Doc 3e Cycle (Paris)

Cosmas K. M. Badasu                                            -                 Senior Lecturer

BA(Kumasi), MA(UNB), MA PhD(Alberta)                                                  

Winnard Kofi Azanku                                           -                 Senior Lecturer

BA (Ghana), MA (Lyons), Doc (Paris)                      

Abraham Jatoe-Kaleo                                            -                 Lecturer

BA, MPhil (Cape Coast)

Koffi   Ganyo Agbefle                                            -                Lecturer

BA, MPhil, PhD (Togo)

Sewoenam Chachu                                                 -                 Lecturer

BA (Ghana), MA (Besançon), MPhil, PhD (Paris)

Kouadio Djéban Yeboua                                        -                 Lecturer

Licence, Maîtrise, PhD (Cocody)

# Samuel Koffi                                                       -                 Lecturer

BA, MPhil, (Legon), MA (Clermont-Ferrand)

Emmanuel Kuto                                                      -                 Assistant Lecturer

BA, MA (Ghana), DESS (Strasbourg II)        

# Edwin Mawushi Nutakor                                    -                 Assistant Lecturer

BA (Kumasi), BA DEA (Lyon)

Ayih Ayitey                                                              -                 Assistant Lecturer

BA, MPhil, PhD (Togo)         

Elias Kaiza                                                               -                 Assistant Lecturer

BA, MPhil, (Legon)

Obeyaa Sackey                                                        -                 Assistant Lecturer

BA, MPhil, (Legon)

Luke Liebzie                                                            -                 Teaching Assistant

BA, MA Translation (Legon)

Etienne Aucouturier                                               -                 Technical Assistant

BA, MA/MPhil, PhD.

 

# Study Leave

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to obtain a minimum of 120 credits and a maximum of 130 credits by the end of the fourth year in order to graduate. A year-long study abroad programme carries six (6) credits. Each Language Immersion programme carries three (3) credits. Students who do not undertake either the year-long study abroad programme or the immersion programme are encouraged to take extra elective courses, provided the total number of credits does not exceed 130.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

 

First Semester                                     LEVEL 100

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

UGRC 110

Academic Writing I

3

UGRC 120

Numeric Skills

3

UGRC 130

Science and Technology in our Lives

3

UGRC 150

Critical Thinking and Practical

3

FREN 121

Oral Skills and Informal Written Expression

3

Other Subjects

2 Courses from 2 other assigned Department

6

 

Minimum Credits Required

15

Note: Students to choose any 2 courses (6 credits) of the UGRC

 

Second Semester

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

UGRC 110

Academic Writing I

3

UGRC 120

Numeric Skills

3

UGRC 130

Science and Technology in our Lives

3

UGRC 150

Critical Thinking and Practical

3

FREN 122

Oral Skills and Formal Written Expression

3

Other Subjects

2 Courses from 2 other assigned Department

6

 

Minimum Credits Required

15

Note: Students to choose any 2 courses (6 credits) of the UGRC

 

First Semester                                     LEVEL 200

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

UGRC 210

Academic Writing II

3

UGRC 220

Liberal and African Studies

3

FREN 231

Reading Skills

3

FREN 233

Listening Comprehension and Grammar

3

Other Subjects

2 Courses from 2 other assigned Department

6

 

Minimum Credits Required

15

Note: Students to choose UGRC 210 or UGRC 220 (3 credits)

 

Second Semester

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

UGRC 210

Academic Writing II

3

UGRC 220

Liberal and African Studies

3

FREN 232

Oral Expression

3

FREN 234

Written Expression and Grammar

3

Other Subjects

2 Courses from 2 other assigned Department

6

 

Minimum Credits Required

15

Note: Students to choose UGRC 210 or UGRC 220 (3 credits)

 

LEVEL 300

MAJOR: At least 24 credits by end of the academic year (All Core + 4 Electives/year)

COMBINED: At least 15 credits by end of the academic year (All Core + 2 Electives/year)

MINOR: At least 12 credits by end of the academic year (Only Core Courses)

 

First Semester

COURSE CODE

Core Courses (6 credits)

CREDITS

FREN 371

French Grammar & Intermediate Translation I

3

FREN 373

French & Francophone Literature

3

Other Subjects

Any ONE Course from the other assigned Department

3

 

Electives

 

FREN 351

Gender in Francophone African Fiction

3

FREN 353

The Age of Enlightenment and African Development

3

FREN 355

Teaching French as a Foreign Language I

3

FREN 357

Business French I: The Bank, Secretarial Services and Companies

3

FREN 361

French for International Relations I: Operations of International Organisations    

3

FREN 363

French for the Hospitality Industry I: The Establishment and First Contacts

3

 

Minimum Credits Required

15

 

Second Semester

COURSE CODE

Core Courses (6 credits)

CREDITS

FREN 372

French Grammar & Intermediate Translation II

3

FREN 374

Text-based Oral Expression

3

Other Subjects

Any ONE Course from the other assigned Department

3

 

Electives

 

FREN 352

Francophone African Drama and Poetry

3

FREN 354

Topics in Nineteenth Century French Literature

3

FREN 356

Teaching French as a Foreign Language II

3

FREN 358

Business French II: Purchasing, Sales and Accounting Services                                  

3

FREN 362

French for International Relations II: Social Issues

3

FREN 364

French for the Hospitality Industry II: Customer Care

3

FREN 370

Language Immersion I

3

 

Minimum Credits Required

15

 

LEVEL 400

MAJOR: At least 30 credits by end of the academic year (All Core + 6 Electives/year)

COMBINED: At least 15 credits by end of the academic year (All Core + 1 Elective/year)

 

First Semester

COURSE CODE

Core Courses (6 credits)

CREDITS

FREN 481

French Grammar & Semi-Specialised Translation I

3

FREN 483

French and Francophone Literature II

3

 

Electives

 

FREN 450

Long Essay/Creative Writing

4

FREN 460

Study Abroad

6

FREN 461

Special Author: French Literature

3

FREN 463

Introduction to the Linguistics of French

3

FREN 465

Teaching of French as a Foreign Language III

3

FREN 467

Business French III: Transport, Insurance, Telecommunication and Telephony

 

3

FREN 471

French for International Relations III: Economic Issues

 

3

FREN 473

French for the Hospitality Industry III: Marketing Tourism Products

 

3

 

Minimum Credits Required

15

 

Second Semester

COURSE CODE

Core Courses (6 credits)

CREDITS

FREN 482

French Grammar & Semi-Specialised Translation II 

3

FREN 484

Text-Based Oral Presentation

3

 

Electives

 

FREN 462

Special Author: Francophone Literature

3

FREN 464

Semantics and Syntax of French

3

FREN 466

Teaching French as a Foreign Language IV  

3

FREN 468

Business French IV: Advertisement and Customer Care

 

3

FREN 470

Language Immersion II

3

FREN 472

French for International Relations IV: Political Issues

3

FREN 474

French for the Hospitality Industry IV: Tour Guiding

3

 

Minimum Credits Required

15

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CORE

FREN 121      Oral Skills and Informal Written Expression        

This course aims at developing three of the four competency areas in language learning (listening, writing and speaking) in an interactive and communicative way. It will have three components: a) Listening Comprehension and Dictation; b) Oral Expression in Conversation; c) Informal Written Expression & Grammar.

 

FREN 122 Oral Skills and Formal Written Expression

This is the continuation of FREN 121. It aims at deepening students’ competence and skills in a) Reading Comprehension and Dictation; b) Oral Expression in Narrative Speech; c) Formal Written Expression & Grammar.

 

CORE

FREN 231 Reading Skills

The course has two components: a) Intermediate Reading Comprehension and Summary and b) Text Analysis and Vocabulary Acquisition. The first component aims at further enhancing the reading skills of students as well as their ability to understand and use vocabulary and expressions related to specific situations of communication. The second component focuses on the study of contemporary non-literary texts in their general and detailed presentation, highlighting elements of interest that bring out the full meaning of the text.

 

FREN 232 Oral Expression

This course comprises two sections: (a) Intermediate Oral Expression in Conversation and (b) Intermediate Oral Expression in Narrative Speech. Students will be taught the French International Phonetic Alphabet which will enable them transcribe simple and short texts in French. They will also be introduced to conversational skills through listening to CDs, engaging in conversation and presenting short reports orally.

 

FREN 233 Listening Comprehension and Grammar

This course is divided into two sections: (a) Intermediate Listening Comprehension and Dictation; (b) Grammar and Sentence Analysis. Students will be trained to understand and use more complex vocabulary and expressions related to basic personal, family and professional life. Various aspects of French grammar will also be taught.

 

FREN 234 Written Expression and Grammar

This course is made up of two sections: (a) Essay Writing; (b) Grammar and Translation. Students will learn to appropriately introduce, develop and conclude a topic. They will also learn various aspects of French Grammar, and they will translate varied texts involving the major registers: simple, literary, social, political, etc.

 

CORE

FREN 371      French Grammar & Intermediate Translation I

This course is meant to enhance students’ understanding of grammar and morphology. Students will be exposed to the right usage of tenses, moods, aspects and their applications in grammatical and textual analysis. Principal word formation mechanisms in French will be discussed and applied in context. Students will also be taught to translate idiomatic expressions. They will be introduced to translation techniques and be encouraged to identify translation problems in non-technical texts and apply them in the translation of texts rich in idiomatic expressions.

 

FREN 372      French Grammar & Intermediate Translation II

This course seeks to consolidate grammar and morphology. It will focus on the reasons for errors that are commonly made by Ghanaian students. These errors shall be identified and discussed. Exercises based on such errors will be done in class.

 

The translation component of this course is designed to build upon the skills acquired in the first semester. Students will learn to translate more challenging texts and thereby broaden their general knowledge base and learn to compile and upgrade glossaries.

 

FREN 373 French and Francophone Literature I

This course will give students an overview of Modern French Literature from the 17th century onwards. The main characteristics of a novel, a play and a poem will be highlighted. A selection of texts from the works of some major writers will be analysed. Students will also be introduced to post-independence Francophone African Literature from 1960 to 1999, with a focus on the analysis of at least two major representative works.  Emphasis will be placed on narrative structure, analytical grid of characters, narrative perspective, setting, temporality, style and functions of the narrator as well as on the relevance of such works to the socio-political African landscape.

 

FREN 374      Text-Based Oral Expression

In this course, the basic principles of oral text analysis will be taught. These principles will be used in analysing newspaper articles on current, topical and debatable issues.

 

ELECTIVES

FREN 351      Gender In Francophone African Fiction

A survey of the marginalisation and valorisation of women in literary works (the novel, drama, poetry, short story, film) of both male and female Francophone African artists will precede the study of contemporary women-centred Francophone African literature.  Two representative works, one each by a man and a woman, will be analysed.

 

FREN 352 Francophone African Drama and Poetry

The course will involve the analysis of one major work by a leading Francophone (African or Caribbean) playwright and at least ten selected Negro-African Francophone poems from the Negritude era to the Third Millennium. The relevant literary and socio-historical background of chosen works will be studied.

 

FREN 353 The Age of Enlightenment and African Development

This course proposes to give an overview of the Enlightenment and its relevance in the context of African development. Extracts and one or two full texts will be used to establish the relevance of Enlightenment literature for the development of Africa.

 

FREN 354 Topics in Nineteenth Century French Literature

The focus of this course is not only to study themes in 19th Century Literature but also to bring them closer to contemporary social issues.  Topics such as social mobility, child labour, industrialisation and social change, the role of women in society, identity, the tyranny of money, which have been dealt with by French writers of the period, seem to have some contemporary appeal.  A general survey of the historical factors of change should precede the study of the selected topics in two representative works, especially those of Zola, Stendhal and Balzac.

 

FREN 355 Teaching French as Foreign Language I

This course is designed for students who have an interest in the teaching of French as a foreign language and French for specific purposes. It aims at giving students some knowledge in the various notions of teaching methodology and practices. A historical review of all teaching methods and a detailed study of the communicative approach and more recent approaches will be part of the course.

 

FREN 356 Teaching French as Foreign Language II

This course aims at highlighting key methodologies in the teaching of French (FLE, FOS, FLS, FLM) with particular emphasis on French as a Foreign Language. The students will be trained to understand the following notions: public, needs and objectives. They will also be taught how to design a teaching programme based on these notions.

 

FREN 357 Business French I: The Bank, Secretarial Services and Companies

This course aims at equipping students with the specific language in contemporary business practice and helping them consolidate their everyday French. It also reinforces the techniques of essay writing and pays attention to the acquisition of basic notions in the field of business. Also, major of interest is the acquisition of practical know-how in secretarial work. Students will be trained to identify the various types of companies and understand how they operate. Writing an official letter and opening a bank account are some of the practical skills to acquire.

 

FREN 358 Business French II: Purchasing, Sales and Accounting Services

The acquisition of business language, specialised vocabulary, notions and know-how remain the main focus of this course. Three areas are proposed for study: Purchasing, Sales and Accounts departments of Business enterprise. They will also be trained to describe and explain activities, situations, posts and relationships within companies. Students will translate into and from French texts on the set-up and activities of business concerns.

 

FREN 361 French for International Relations I: Operations of International Organisations

This course is designed for students who intend to work with international, regional and sub-regional bodies, NGOs, Law firms as well as the Foreign Service. The course will equip students with an acceptable level of knowledge about most contemporary issues in international affairs, such that they are able to meet the human capital needs of Third World countries in an increasingly liberal and competitive world. The course will introduce students to the major international political and financial organisations, regional and sub-regional groupings in terms of structure, membership, role, challenges, etc.

 

FREN 362 French for International Relations II: Social Issues

This course introduces students to some of the major social issues that have characterised the last hundred years. These issues include racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, immigration, islamophobia; nationalism, resistance, terrorism, etc. The course will also introduce students to the dynamics of the more topical issues of conflicts and conflict resolution and human rights. Students will be expected to understand the origin, nature and consequences of these phenomena both in the immediate environment and on the global stage.

 

FREN 363 French for the Hospitality Industry I: The Establishment and First Contacts

This course is a general introduction to the Hospitality establishment. Students are familiarised with its various departments of the industry: travel, hotels, tours, etc.  Activities such as booking accommodation, welcoming and taking care of clients are highlighted. In this course the focus is on communication skills in the various activities.

 

FREN 364      French for the Hospitality Industry II: Customer Care

In this course, students acquire the specific languages required in dealing with customers and situations in the industry: taking an order for a meal and being able to describe the meal, giving information on the hotel installations, equipment and facilities; dealing with clients’ complaints and offering solutions.

   

 FREN 370     Language Immersion I

This is a five-credit long-vacation specially packaged intensive study in a French or Francophone university. In lieu of that, students can undertake a five-credit language immersion course at the University of Ghana during the long vacation between Levels 200 and 300

 

CORE

FREN 481      French Grammar & Semi-Specialised Translation I

In this course, focus will be on more advanced study of French syntax and lexicon for improved oral and written expression. Students shall be exposed to the study of lexical relationships in French: synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, etc. Practical examples and exercises of “Connotation” and “denotation” as well as some usage problems posed by various types of complements shall be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the application of modern grammatical trends to the analysis of French sentence structure.

 

For the translation component, emphasis will shift from general translation—translation as another means of language acquisition—to introducing students to the translation of semi-specialised texts. The translation of these texts will enable students to start acquiring skills for translating specialised/technical texts, as well as specialised vocabulary in the areas of the texts.

 

FREN 482      French Grammar & Semi-Specialised Translation II

In this course, more involved lexical and grammatical drills will be taught, followed by exercises.  Emphasis will be on linguistics applied to the learning and teaching of French in Ghana. Types of errors: semantic, syntactic, morphological, phonological, etc. will be identified and discussed. Exercises based on such errors will be done and discussed so as to sensitise students on how to avoid such errors. Students will also translate slightly more challenging semi-specialised texts in other areas apart from those covered in the first semester. These exercises will improve students’ translation skills and specialised vocabulary.

 

FREN 483      French & Francophone Literature II

This course will involve an in-depth study of major works of Modern French and Francophone Literature. The main features of the works – form, themes, ideas, etc, will be analyzed. Students will be made to relate the themes and situations to their experiences and the contemporary world. This course will explore 21st century Francophone African Literature and focus on the analysis of at least two representative works (novel, drama, film and poetry) not studied in FREN343 that deal with topical issues. Beyond their thematic and socio-cultural relevance, selected texts will be studied using tools such as actantial model, analytical grid of characters, narrative structure, narrative perspective, style, setting and temporality.

 

FREN 484      Text-based Oral Presentation

In this course, students will be taught the methodology of presenting texts orally to show that they have an overall understanding of these texts: their surface and deep structures, their message and tone. After the theoretical approach is taught, there will be the practical aspect of the course in which students will put into practice the methodology they have learnt. Topics on national and global issues will discussed in class or presented individually.

 

ELECTIVES

FREN 450      Long Essay/Creative Writing

A dissertation of about 15,000 words will be written, under supervision, on an approved topic from French or Francophone Literature or thought. In lieu of a Long Essay, an original piece of creative writing in French in the form of a novel, short story, play, or a collection of thematically related poems may be presented.

 

FREN 460      Study Abroad                                                           

This is a two-semester 6-credit course in French language, literature and culture to be undertaken in a university in France or a Francophone country.

 

FREN 461      Special Author: French Literature

This course is intended for students who wish to have an in depth knowledge of a major French author not studied in FREN 483. The course will involve a general survey of the life and works of the writer. At least two (2) works will be studied in detail.

 

FREN 462      Special Author: Francophone Literature

A general survey of the life and works of a major author of Francophone literature (not studied elsewhere in the syllabus).  At least two works produced by the author will be studied in detail, using tools such as actantial model, analytical grid of characters, narrative structure, narrative perspective, themes, style, setting and temporality.

 

FREN 463      Introduction to the Linguistics of French

This course will focus on the main functions of language as a tool for communication, and the main components of Linguistics as a science.  Students will be introduced to the study of language from the Saussurean perspective; differences between ‘language’ ‘langue’, ‘parole’, systematic and pragmatic axes, synchronic and diachronic study of language.  Linguistic and other signs will be studied as well as the phonetics and phonology of French.  Linguistics applied to the learning and teaching of French in Ghana.

 

FREN 464      Semantics and Syntax of French

In this course, various aspects of the semantics and syntax of French will be taught. The part on semantics will focus on lexicology and lexicography: origins of French vocabulary; Borrowing, Morphological analysis of French lexicology; derivation, suffixation, prefixation, composition, abbreviation, siglaison, neology, metonymy, synonymy, polysemy, hyperonymy and hyponymy etc. The part on syntax will deal with the relevance of parts of speech, impersonal and infinitive verbs.

 

FREN 465      Teaching of French as a Foreign Language III

This course is a build-up of the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language I & II. It involves a more practical, hands-on approach in which students learn how to prepare lesson notes for the various components for the teaching of French as a Foreign Language. Students will be introduced to the use of real-life documents in addition to teaching manuals and how to exploit or make the most out of them for more effective teaching of the language.  

 

FREN 466      Teaching of French as a Foreign Language IV

This final phase of the course takes the practical approach further intotraining students to evaluate, describe and prescribe teaching methods and outcomes based on the observation of French lessons in some basic and junior secondary schools. Students will present reports on their observations based on what they have learnt on best practices. Students will also be given the opportunity to teach a French class in some basic and secondary schools or handle a tutorial class as part of their experiential learning.

 

FREN 467      Business French III: Transport, Insurance, Telecommunication and Telephony

As in FREN 357 and 358, the general objective of this course remains the acquisition of useful and specialised vocabulary, basic knowledge and know-how as well as competence in oral and written expression in Business. The following areas are proposed for study: Transport Services, Telecommunication and Telephony, Insurance.  Students will learn to describe the basic activities of the services concerned.  Additionally, a more rigorous analytical approach to the texts will the adopted.  Preference will be given to the choice of argumentative topics for oral and written production.

 

FREN 468      Business French IV: Advertisement and Customer Care

The general objective, as in FREN 357, 358 and 467, continues to be the acquisition of basic knowledge and know-how in modern business practice.  However, there is an attempt at inculcating advanced analytical and argumentative skills in students.  The areas proposed for study are: Advertisement, Customs, and Globalisation. Students will learn to explain activities in these areas and also read, analyse and interpret related documents. They will offer definitions and advance cogent arguments in favour of or against certain choices.

 

FREN 470      Language Immersion II

This is a five-credit long-vacation specially packaged intensive study in a French or Francophone university. In lieu of that, students can undertake a five-credit language immersion course at the University of Ghana during the long vacation between Levels 300 and 400

 

FREN 471      French for International Relations III: Economic Issues

This course introduces students to International economic arrangements such as: Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), Millennium Challenge Account, etc. Students will be encouraged to read widely and be in tune with current world affairs: the debt burden and debt cancellation, Africa and the Breton Wood Institutions. Students will be expected to make presentations on topics of their choice.

 

FREN 472      French for International Relations IV: Political Issues

This course allows students to explore international relations and contemporary issues like globalisation, bilateralism, multilateralism and unilateralism, from an African perspective. Students will learn about the place of Africa in the world, history, specificities, problems, and prospects. Topics to be studied include Colonialism in Africa, the Post-Cold War international relations: sovereignty, territorial integrity and non interference nationalist struggle and independence, Africa and the Cold War, the one-party State and military/authoritarian rule, multiparty democracy, the crisis of the State, civil strife. Students will also learn about Franco-African relations and French Foreign Policy in Post-Baule Francophone Africa.

 

FREN 473      French for the Hospitality Industry III: Marketing Tourism Products

In this course, students acquire the vocabulary, the specialised language and know-how in the designing, write-up and presentation of tourist activities, exposition on cultural events and preparation of information documents in the characteristic style of tours operators.

 

FREN 474      French for the Hospitality Industry IV: Tour Guiding

In this course, attention is given to the planning and execution of a guided visit. Ability to present a cultural object, narrate the story of a monument are inculcated. Group management (adaptation of attitude and comments to group types) is a component of this course. Priority is given to the acquisition of both oral and written communication skills in these areas.