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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 and Employability at Home and Abroad: General Reflections on a Case Study

French Studies and Employability at Home and Abroad: General Reflections on a Case Study

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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century
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Maryse Bray

Hélène Gill

Laurence Randall

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316692.023

The teaching of French in British universities has recovered from a steady decline ten years ago, as evidenced by the continued existence of French departments, the recruitment of full cohorts by institutions, and upgrading of A-level entry requirements by polytechnics. This chapter examines the reason behind this recovery, namely jobs, or rather employability — the new corporate education buzzword coined during the years of trouble to improve job prospects for humanities graduates. Across many institutions it has sparked a number of ingenious initiatives to make French and other languages attractive once again to new cohorts of hard-headed school-leavers with strong career aspirations. The Career Management Skills (CMS) strategy at the University of Westminster is presented as a case study.

Keywords:   French language, language education, language learning, job prospects, British universities, student employability, University of Westminster, career management skills

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