French Language and Philosophy

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An exciting French Course for Upper Intermediate to Advanced Students (Levels B2, C1 & C2), designed exclusively for EC24 by CJC:

This Specialist Course has a dual purpose: helping you improve all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) whilst learning about Philosophy in general and French philosophy in particular. Each term, one philosophical topic will be explored in depth, whilst one complete work on the subject by a French philosopher will be studied.

Each term, lessons take place once a week, and last 1.5 hours (90 minutes) each. Classes run at lunchtime and in the evening on weekdays, and on Saturdays. Please note that tariffs vary for private tuition and for group tuition, so please go to our website for more info ( or contact us directly for a personalized quote (

1. Course Objectives – by the end of course you will:
• have improved your listening and speaking skills, as well as your reading and writing skills;
• know what philosophers think about a particular topic, and have detailed knowledge of one work on the subject by a French philosopher;
• be able to summarize philosophers’ views and discuss them, make up your mind about a philosophical topic, and state your own opinions about the subject;
• have expanded and deepened your knowledge of French language and culture.

2. How is the course taught?
• A communicative approach is used in class, where students will engage in interactive language activities, participating in group and pair work, as well as making individual presentations in front of the whole class.
• Students will be set weekly homework tasks (the teacher will offer guidance in self-study at the beginning of the course). Students will be expected to spend at least 90 minutes per week reading documents, writing summaries, studying vocabulary, and generally preparing for class discussions and presentations.

3. Course Outline:
Each term, a specific philosophical topic will be explored; here is the provisional curriculum for 2014 to 2016:
• 2014 Autumn Term: La morale
• 2015 Winter Term: Le mal
• 2015 Spring Term: La conscience
• 2015 Autumn Term: L’identité
• 2015 Winter Term: Autrui
• 2016 Spring Term: Le désir

Subsequent topics will include: l’art, la beauté, le bonheur, le langage, la liberté, la mémoire, le pouvoir, la sagesse, la science, la technique, le travail, etc.

4. Learning Resources:
• Students will receive the list of the resources they need to purchase for the course/for each term upon registration. The total budget for books and other resources ranges between £20 and £40, depending on courses.
• The teacher will also supply various materials, both tailor-made and taken from other sources (textbooks, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, radio & TV, etc.).


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