BACHELOR Language, Literature and Foreign Cultures SPECIALTY English

The Bachelor’s Degree in English is a three-year higher education qualification in foreign literature, languages and civilisations with a programme covering all aspects of English-speaking studies. Graduates will be able to sit for a range of competitive examinations recruiting for the Civil Service, as well as for entrance exams to schools of journalism, translation, culture and tourism, etc., or continue their education at the University of Tours by going on to study for a Master’s in Research or in Education and Teaching (in preparation, if desired, for competitive examinations for teaching in the State education system).

  • Objectives
Our objective is to produce graduates able either to enter the world of work direct, in a field where knowledge of the English-speaking world is required, or to successfully continue their education beyond Bachelor’s Degree level.

The essential goal is therefore to provide students with the language tools they need as well as to produce specialists in all aspects of the English-speaking world. In practice, this means that graduates should not only be proficient in the language itself but should also be specialists who, apart from understanding the richness and special characteristics of the English language, are also able to understand the spirit and operation of an English-speaking world whose importance today scarcely needs emphasising.

Consequently, the course also embraces study of the history and societies of English-speaking countries, their culture and literature, and the structures and varieties of the English language; students have to get to grips with the culture of the Anglo-Saxon world as much as with the means by which it expresses itself.

In addition to the classic degree course, the English branch provides students with the possibility of making an early start on a specialisation, thanks to the “civilisation and communication” path and classes in the practice and theory of the dramatic arts, open to students in their second and third years. Our students are also encouraged to take the “international relations” path, in which the Department of English is very much involved.

To ensure the quality of the course, our multinational educational team, which is made up of over 30 research professors, doctoral students, and 8 native English-speaking lecteurs (language assistants), includes specialists in all major areas of English-speaking studies. Among our advantages: a wide range of possibilities for study visits to English-speaking countries, through our partnerships in the United Kingdom, North America and Australia, one of France’s largest English-language sections at the University Library, two language-resource centres, and two specialised study paths.
  • Course content, themes covered and subjects taught
First year, classic study path
English-language literature (poetry, short stories, novels and plays); American civilisation; British civilisation; grammar, spoken language (phonetics and pronunciation); translation; written language practice; methodology and documentation.
French (written and oral expression); European culture; computer science; modern language.

Second year, classic study path

Oral and phonetic comprehension; oral expression; grammar; linguistics; translation; explanation of texts; British civilisation; British literature; American civilisation; American literature; modern language; computer science.

Third year, classic study path
French to English translation; English to French translation; spoken language: phonetics; phonology; syntax; enunciative analysis; English-language literature (choice of novels, plays or poetry); English-speaking civilisation (choice of history, society, or history of ideas); English-language literature (choice of Middle Ages-17th century, 18th-19th century or 20th-21st century); personalisation of career aspirations (choice of textualities, translation sciences or theatre)

Second subject: “Performing Arts”
English-language theatre; spoken language in performing arts.

Option: “Civilisation and communication”

Spoken language video; introduction to the media; surveys and production of information; oral studies of topical themes; linguistic analysis related to communication; study of political institutions in English-speaking countries; study of English-language media; communication theory; global communication & new media; scenario creation; professions in journalism: the French audiovisual landscape.

Option: “French as a Foreign Language (FFL)”

Didactics of FFL and languages; French and general linguistics; reflection on learning a new language.