Welcome to French

We are over la lune that you are joining us. Here you can find information you'll need for your School induction. To help you feel settled and ready to start a new and exciting chapter of your life, you can find more information about arriving at Leeds in the Arrival section For Students website. There is also a page designed for new students in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies welcome page.

Welcome from Dr Paul Rowe
Subject Leader, French


Induction Week

During induction week, you will:

  • Meet key academics and student representatives and attend essential induction lectures

  • Have the opportunity to put yourself forward as a student rep for your cohort

  • Have time to peruse the Leeds University Union's Freshers Fair, where you can sample and join a whole host of societies

Registration, IT access and Minerva

To access Minerva (the Virtual Learning Environment full of useful info and links for your modules), you will need to register and get a University username.

Independent Learning

Studying French at Leeds will enable you – year on year – to develop into an independent scholar. But this does not mean that you are on your own! Through (interactive) lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, group and project work, you will explore different aspects of French-Francophone culture, history, society, politics, and language. This collaborative process will guide and support you in your own, individual and independent approach to study. Whatever the path you choose – be that very literary, centred on politics and society, or focussing on the theory & practice of translation or interpreting – you will be encouraged to produce original work through your own reflection, preparation, and research.

In your Final Year, you will be ready to produce a substantial piece of independent research – your Final-Year Project – which allows you to explore a question or subject of your choice. Many of our students enjoy this process so much that they stay on to pursue their studies at Masters level.

Making the Grade

In each module in French, there will be clear learning outcomes, and teaching is designed to enable you to achieve these outcomes. The way that we measure your success – against published assessment criteria – means that module design and assessment are logical, pedagogically sound, and clear. You can find the learning outcomes and criteria in the module documentation available via the Minerva Virtual Learning Environment.

In French at Leeds, your work will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods. At Level 1, these include take-home exam, commentary, timed exam, and portfolio (including some peer-assessment). You will be guided through each assessment and will benefit from helpful formative feedback (that will help you polish your work or performance in the final – or summative – assessment). We want you to succeed. More than ‘making the grade’, we want you to get the best grade possible.


Staff in French at Leeds have a wide variety of research interests. With specialists in literature, society, and thought (ranging from the mediæval to the present), film, art, politics, translation, and interpreting, we are able to teach with depth and breadth. We bring the latest knowledge and insights from our research into our teaching, meaning that modules are fresh and up-to-date. Many modules are team-taught (including Level-1 Introduction to French Studies): this means that they draw on the research and knowledge of a number of members of staff with different research interests. This way, you get to enjoy different approaches, perspectives, and styles, whilst being exposed to a wide variety of material. For more information about the research interests of staff in French, see the French staff research page.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.


Beyond Study

All work and no play made Jacques a dull boy… Here are some other aspects of French at Leeds to look forward to:

  • The French Society (normalement including a weekend in Paris)

  • The French play – produced and performed by students (maybe including you!)

  • L’Académie française – an informal social gathering for practising your French