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Course code: ARTS
CAO/PAC code: MH101
Points: 310
QQI: Yes click here for details
Closing date: 01 July 2024
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Students have been studying French at Maynooth since the foundation of the college in 1795.

  • French is a world language, spoken by 300 million people on several continents and in French territories overseas.
  • If you would like to attain a high level of competency in a modern European and world language, as well as learn about French and Francophone cultures past and present, studying French as part of our degree programme is the path for you.
  • Over the course of your degree programme, you will receive an excellent grounding in all aspects of French language through core modules in French Grammar, Writing in French, Oral Expression, and Listening Skills. In second year and final year, you may choose from a range of optional modules in French and Francophone culture, such as Politics and Ideas, Literature and Society, Women’s Writing, Linguistics, Translation and Cinema (depending on availability).

What distinguishes French at Maynooth is a strong tradition of teaching the French language, literature and culture, with much teaching taking place through the medium of French (for those taking the non-beginner stream).

  • Maynooth has a network of exchanges with universities in countries where French is spoken. Studying French opens a world of exciting opportunities.
  • As part of this programme, you may also spend a year studying at a French-speaking university or working as a language teacher in France (subject to availability).
  • At Maynooth University, students gain a thorough grounding in the language and acquire a familiarity with a world language expressing vibrant cultures and diverse histories. French is offered in a friendly, supportive environment at non-beginner level (Leaving Certificate H4 in French or equivalent recommended) from first year, and also at beginner level (no minimum requirement - but the recommendation is to attend all lectures from the beginning of semester one).
  • Students interested in teaching French should note that the Teaching Council of Ireland requires all registered teachers of French to have spent some time living in a French-speaking country. The Maynooth University School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures advises at least a three-month residency. Students who successfully complete a year abroad as part of their programme are conferred with a 4-year BA International.
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