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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century$
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Philippe Lane and Michael Worton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316555

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316692

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French Studies at the Open University: Pointers to the Future

French Studies at the Open University: Pointers to the Future

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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century

Jim Coleman

Elodie Vialleton

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses French Studies at the Open University. There are close to 10,000 language students a year, which translates into over 3,000 full-time equivalent student (FTEs) numbers. In terms of recruitment, whether actual students or FTEs, the Open University is also the largest French department in the UK. This chapter describes the university's distinctive and innovative approach to teaching French, and its related research activities. It begins by setting language learning in the context of supported distance education, and concludes by proposing wider interuniversity collaboration in the context of globalising higher education and falling UK interest in degree-level language study.

Keywords:   French Studies, Open University, UK, distance learning, language teaching, language learning, distance education, higher education

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