Subject area: French
I have undergraduate degrees in French and Philosophy (Oxford) and Psychology (Birkbeck, University of London). I was able to combine these disciplines when I returned to Oxford to complete my doctoral thesis, a study of women’s work and family identities in England and France. I have worked as a researcher at Birkbeck and UCL (London) and more recently for several years as a Student Advisor at the University of Sussex. I have a PGCE and the Institute of Linguists’ DipTrans, and have lived in Paris and the Loire Valley.
FREN 150 is an Intermediate level French course and offers practice in reading, writing, listening, grammar and literary analysis. Clearly the advantage of studying French at the BISC is our proximity to France, which it is possible to visit for a weekend or even a day! The emphasis is therefore firmly on the language and culture of France, thus broadening students’ horizons and understanding.
The highlight of the Experiential Learning programme is the mid-term visit to Paris in February, where it is possible to experience French culture and iconic works of art at first-hand. In the Fall Term we have visited galleries and exhibitions, as well as the Institut Français in London where, among other cultural offerings, students can see French films for £5.
Aspects of the BISC (particularly the courtyard) remind me of an Oxford college. At other times it is more like Hogwarts! The most rewarding part however is the small class sizes, the ability to get to know students well, and to see them make genuine progress in the eight months they are here.