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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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Why French Studies Matters: Disciplinary Identity and Public Understanding

Why French Studies Matters: Disciplinary Identity and Public Understanding

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(p.37) 4 Why French Studies Matters: Disciplinary Identity and Public Understanding
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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century
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Charles Forsdick

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316692.006

This chapter considers the reasons why modern languages continue to be seen as more of an undergraduate subject than many other humanities disciplines. It considers the associated risks faced by modern languages, specifically by French Studies, as a result of various practicalities: as with other humanities subjects, the potential for grant capture among modern linguists can never compete with STEM areas; unlike many other humanities disciplines, modern languages have declined at GCSE and A Level; and practitioners in the field are challenged, moreover, to be particularly innovative when it comes to attracting overseas students who are more inclined to study in countries where target languages are spoken and where fees are often a fraction of those charged in the English-speaking world.

Keywords:   French Studies, modern languages, humanities, grants, students, linguists, GCSE, A Level

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