Master’s degree in multilingual communication: the importance of English.

As you might already know, the master’s degree in multilingual communication aims at preparing you for a multilingual and multicultural work environment in which communication plays a major role. This is the reason why the English language occupies a prominent position in our curriculum. In the article “Comment accéder au master en communication multilingue? », we informed you that an excellent level of English is required in order to access our master’s degree.

First year English courses

During your first year as a student of multilingual communication, you will have access to a wide range of English courses. From the academic year 2019-2020 onwards, you will have the possibility to choose from six different classes.

Etude approfondie de la linguistique synchronique de l’anglais: are you a linguistics enthusiast? In this class, you are going to review most of the major issues related to the forms of reported discourse, from the typographical, phonological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic points of view.

Histoire approfondie du théâtre anglophone: if you are fascinated by Shakespeare, this class is made for you! You will analyse two Shakespearean tragedies (Hamlet and Othello) as well as two comedies (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest). The course also offers students the opportunity to see excerpts from several versions of these plays.

Littérature et civilisation des Etats-Unis d’Amérique: are you attracted to American literature? Thanks to this class, you will gain more understanding about the African-American novel from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century or the realism and naturalism in the United States, from the end of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century.

Auteurs des Etats-Unis d’Amérique: you have always wanted to read Kerouac or Ginsberg? Don’t miss this course which explores the vision of the « Beat Generation », a precursor to the counter-culture of the 1960s whose innovative creativity was at its height between 1944 and 1960. The course focuses as well on ecological/ecocritical discourse and ecopoetics in contemporary American literature.

Anglais: langue, société et culture I: You are captivated by the UK and the US? This class is devoted to an in-depth study of British and American culture and civilization, through major historical and current events. In the seminars, you will have the opportunity to improve your English speaking skills.

Littérature canadienne anglaise: since you discovered Margaret Atwood, you can’t wait to know more about Canadian literature? Here is an introduction to recent developments in contemporary English Canadian literature, both in the field of fiction and theatre.

Finally, the only mandatory class of this first year will be Pragmastylistics and the English language during which you are going to develop your communicative competence.

Second year English courses

In your second year of multilingual communication, you will have to choose between two English classes.

Anglais: langue, société et culture II: After the UK and the US during the first year, this class will be focused on Australia, India, South Africa and Canada through discussions of the political, cultural and social current events in these countries.

Séminaire de linguistique anglaise: in the lectures and the seminars, you will find an in-depth description of a problem from a linguistic point of view. The aim of this course is to teach students to develop critical thinking and scientific skills.

Among all these choices, you will surely find a subject that fascinates you and allows you to develop your English skills!

Want to hear what a second-year student has to say about the role of the English language in our master’s degree? Watch this short video:

Written by Caroline Noël