French Language

Areas of French Language

Thematic Area – The French Language

Qui ne connait pas de langues étrangères ne connait pas la sienne.

He who knows not foreign languages knows not his own.

 (Goethe [1749-1832], Maximen und Reflexionen).

Studying French within the Sub-Department of French offers opportunities for proficiency in the language. Students registered in the under-graduate programme are thus given ample opportunity to imitate, reflect on and synthesise various forms of the language. Thus are they able to comprehend and produce appropriate written and oral sentence forms as their aptitudes in the four language domains are sharpened. The graduated levels of course units enable our students to examine closely the manner in which the French language functions not only in its standard forms but also taking into account the different regional varieties. Specific emphasis is laid on register that is profession–specific such as in the fields of Diplomacy and International Relations, Tourism as well as Public Administration This knowledge comes in most handy when the need to ascertain ‘correctness’ or convention is called upon.

Head of Thematic Area is;

Dr Caroline Oyugi

Members of the Thematic Area:

Dr. Bilha Mwenesi

Ms. Elizabeth Gatungo

Mr. Michael Nginye

Ms Caroline Mutai

Current course units in the thematic area

 

CFR 101             FRENCH LANGUAGE I

CFR 102             FRENCH LANGUAGE II

CFR 103             ORAL EXPRESSION AND AURAL COMPREHENSION

CFR 104             FRENCH AND OTHER LANGUAGES: A BASIC CONTRASTIVE APPROACH

CFR 201             FRENCH LANGUAGE III

CFR 202             FRENCH FOR GENERAL ACADEMIN AND PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES

CFR 207             HISTORY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

CFR 210               THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN AFRICA

CFR 212               THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN FRANCE

CFR 214               THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN THE WEST INDIES, THE INDIAN AND PACIFIC OCEAN ISLANDS

CFR 301              FRENCH FOR GENERAL ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES II

CFR 302              FRENCH FOR GENERAL ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES III

CFR 304              PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

CFR 309               THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN EUROPE (EXCLUDING FRANCE)

CFR 311               THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN NORTHERN AND SOUTH AMERICA

CFR 313               THE FRENCH LANGUAGE IN AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, JAPAN AND CONTINENTAL ASIA

CFR 401              FRENCH FOR BUSINESS

CFR 402              FRENCH FOR MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

CFR 403              FRENCH FOR THE HOTEL, TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRIES

CFR 404             FRENCH FOR DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

CFR 407     PHONETICS, PHONOLOGY, ORTHOGRAPHY AND MEANING IN THE     FRENCH LANGUAGE

CFR 415              WRITING IN FRENCH

CFR 417              LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND TRANSLATION

DCC 202             IMPORTANCE AND BASICS OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

Job opportunities Where Knowledge of Thematic Area is Applicable

Competence in the French language opens doors to any job with an international bearing.

These ranges from general administrative positions to free-lance artisanal work including: Diplomacy and Protocol, Hospitality and Travel, Media, Medicine, Performing Arts, Procurement, Research, Sports and Teaching.