Niveau : UnderGraduate
Langue du cours : Anglais
Période : Printemps
Nombre d'heures : 30
Crédits ECTS : 3
Around the World in English 30 Hours – the parts of the English-speaking world that other courses do not reach
This course covers a wide range of countries and territories which use English as a national or official language. Excluding England, Ireland, the USA, South Africa and Australia, it focuses on the rest of the English-speaking world, in the Commonwealth and beyond, from Scotland and Wales to Malta and Gibraltar, from the Caribbean and Atlantic islands to West and East Africa, from India, Singapore and Hong Kong to the Philippines, New Zealand and the Pacific islands.
Each country is analyzed from a variety of viewpoints, including geography, history, language variation, economics, politics, music, food, sport, culture, literature, art and cinema.
Students will practise their speaking and listening skills by means of discussion activities and by making oral presentations to the whole class. They will also listen to and discuss music and songs from around the world and watch extracts of films from various Anglophone countries.
Reading activities will involve a variety of texts, including newspaper articles, song lyrics, poems and short stories. Students will develop their note-taking and writing skills as they listen to oral presentations made by their peers, and write summaries based on their notes. Feedback will be provided on students’ written work and supplementary grammar activities offered where necessary
Although the main focus of this course is not on grammar and vocabulary, attention will be paid to the ways in which the English language varies grammatically and lexically around the world and the course should increase students’ command of English vocabulary (and their ability to cope with a variety of less familiar English accents).
An important theme will be colonization/decolonization and the transition from the British Empire to the British Commonwealth and finally to the Commonwealth. Students will be encouraged to draw comparisons with France’s colonial history and its relations with the countries of ‘la Francophonie’.
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