French Language Education

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There are a good number of citizens who would like to take up French language studies and this mainly arises from the proximity to French-speaking countries in the Great Lakes Region. This also has various opportunities that come with it.  The teaching of French is and will always be important to this region especially today with the re-introduction of solidarity in the East African Community.

French has been taught in Uganda for over 30 years at the secondary school level as well as University level. The rationale for establishing the teaching of French at Bishop Stuart University includes the following reasons:

(a)  To expose graduates to the outside world of more than 500 million French-speaking populations of different nationalities and continents.

(b)  To enable graduates to compete fairly for international jobs in the fields of peace-keeping missions, UNHCR, Non-Governmental Organizations (national and international), as well as other regional bodies such as the Economic Commission for Africa and the East African Community.

(c)  To ease communication and trade with its immediate neighbors of Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Tanzania.

(f)  To create jobs for citizens of this region.

 General Objective

The overall objective of the programme is to impart language skills and linguistic knowledge to those who shall be interested in learning French for teaching purposes.

Specific Objectives

  1. To enable students to acquire deeper knowledge of the French language.
  2. To enable students to develop a deeper knowledge of Francophone Literature and culture.
  3. Acquire knowledge fields of Linguistic science in its theoretical and practical aspects.
  4. Expose students to the current theories and trends which underlie the different methods of teaching French as a Foreign Language.
  5. To equip students with Knowledge of assessing, teaching and learning French as a foreign language.
  6. To enable students acquire structures through different communication situations

Graduates who will have completed this course are expected to have acquired a broad spectrum of grammatical and literary aspects of the French language and they should be able to use the French language pursued for daily communication, teaching and other practical purposes by:

  1. Demonstrating aural comprehension and oral expression
  2. Demonstrating the ability to understand and produce written language
  3. Demonstrating the ability to describe language structure and phenomena and
  4. Overall demonstrating the ability to utilize the studied language for Teaching and other practical purposes.

Anybody interested in literacy skills.

Assessment and Grading

Each Course under this programme shall be assessed in two parts:

  1. Course work. This shall consist of two course works or more which shall contribute 40%
  2. A university examination which shall contribute 60% to the total mark.
  3. For anyone to pass, one has to obtain 50% from both coursework and examination.
  4. The total grading shall be a maximum of 100%