Dr Joanne Langley
Lecturer
Modern Languages
Telephone: (01792) 295994
Room: Office - 305
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

With a first class degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) and a PhD in Modern French Poetry (thesis title: ‘Un poème doit mouler la vérité’ Language and perception in the poetry of Pierre Albert-Birot (1876-1967)) from Leeds University, I joined Swansea University as a full-time tutor in French in 2001, and since then have taught various undergraduate and postgraduate modules in French language, literature and culture.

Publications

  1. Pierre Albert-Birot: A New Mimesis, Another Modernism. Nottingham French Studies 47(1), 89-102.

Teaching

  • ML-102 Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives

    This module explores themes of metamorphoses and adaptation in six contemporary European films. Each film depicts transformative human experiences, significant events that can be seen as rites of passage in various stages of people's lives. The module also introduces methods by which such experiences are represented through the medium of film. The films selected for this module are in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and are all subtitled.

  • MLF100A Introduction to French Culture (A)

    Knowledge of French culture is an important part of the study of the French language. This module aims to introduce students to the culture of France from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We shall study different cultural forms, such as poetry, novel and film. Poems from Baudelaire¿s Les Fleurs du mal will enable students to familiarise themselves with some French poetic forms. The poems will explore how beauty can be born out of evil, disease, despair, and death, and how through sensuality, alcohol, drugs and travel, the poet can transcend his solitude and anguish. The representation of women in particular will be looked at. The study of La Chatte by Colette will enable students to reflect further on gender relations at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as societal changes in France at the time, to understand how space can be a structuring principle, as well as analyse Colette¿s poetic style. Through the study of Louis Malle¿s award-winning film Au revoir les enfants (1987), students will gain an insight into life in France during the Second World War. This strongly autobiographical film tells the story of Jewish boys who are hidden at a Catholic boarding school in January 1944 before eventually being betrayed and deported. Students will discuss portrayals of resistance, collaboration and anti-Semitism and analyse issues such as historical responsibility, guilt and memory. Students will be given guidance in writing essays about culture and doing close textual readings through commentary writing. The module provides students with the analytical skills and basic knowledge which they need to pursue further cultural and historical modules in French in more detail. A Welsh-medium version of this module is available.

  • MLF101 French for Beginners I

    This module is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the French language. Its aim is to enable students to acquire a basic vocabulary and an understanding of fundamental grammatical structures so as to allow them to communicate in written and spoken French. Students will also acquire awareness of contemporary French culture from the range of materials used. Students wishing to pursue further study of French will be able to do so on completion of this module by taking MLF102.

  • MLF101W Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I

    Mae'r modiwl hwn ar gyfer myfyrwyr sydd heb astudio'r iaith Ffrangeg o'r blaen neu sydd yn medru'r iaith ychydig. Bwriad y modiwl yw galluogi myfyrwyr i ddysgu geirfa sylfaenol ac i ddeall strwythurau gramadegol hanfodol er mwyn gallu cyfathrebu ar lafar ac yn ysgrifenedig yn y Ffrangeg. Fe fydd myfyrwyr hefyd yn magu ymwybyddiaeth o ddiwylliant Ffrengig cyfoes trwy ddefnyddio ystod eang o ddeunyddiau. This module is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the French language. Its aim is to enable students to acquire a basic vocabulary and an understanding of fundamental grammatical structures so as to allow them to communicate in written and spoken French. Students will also acquire awareness of contemporary French culture from the range of materials used.

  • MLF102 French for Beginners II

    This module follows on from MLF101 and is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French. It is designed to extend the range of vocabulary and familiarity with grammatical structures acquired in MLF101 and to enhance students¿ cultural awareness of contemporary France. Students wishing to continue with French at hgher levels may be able to do so on satisfactory completion of MLF101 and MLF102.

  • MLF102W Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr II

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn ddilyniant i'r modiwl MLF101W ar gyfer myfyrwyr sydd heb astudio'r iaith Ffrangeg o'r blaen neu sydd yn medru'r iaith ychydig. Bwriad y modiwl yw ehangu'r geirfa a'r dealltwriaeth o strwythurau gramadegol a ddysgwyd yn MLF101W, ac i gyfoethogi ymwybyddiaeth y myfyrwyr o ddiwylliant Ffrangig cyfoes. This module follows on from MLF101W and is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of French. It is designed to extend the range of vocabulary and familiarity with grammatical structures acquired in MLF101W, and to enhance student¿s cultural awareness of contemporary France.

  • MLF160AW Iaith Ffrangeg 1A

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Ffrangeg ar lefel uwch, a fydd yn galluogi myfyrwyr i feithrin y sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Ffrangeg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol. Nod y modiwl yw atgyfnerthu ac ymestyn y sgiliau iaith a ddatblygwyd gan fyfyrwyr wrth astudio Safon Uwch (neu gymhwyster cyfwerth) a hwyluso datblygiad eu hyfedredd ieithyddol. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Ffrangeg, gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith, ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Ffrengig cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno Ffrangeg Proffesiynol iddynt, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Ffrangeg ym myd gwaith. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Ffrangeg yn bennaf. Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio'n aml ar y cyd ag MLF160BW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLF160A. This module is the foundation of advanced level study of French which will equip students with the skills needed to use French in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary French society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of French in contexts relating to the world of work. Classes are mainly conducted in French. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLF160B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLF160AW.

  • MLF300 French for Professional Purposes 3

    This module is designed to be of interest and relevance not only to specialist language students, but also to other students of French who welcome the opportunity to extend the range of their linguistic experience and competence.

  • MLFM06 Beginners French for Postgraduate Students

    This module is designed for postgraduate students with little or no previous knowledge of the French language. It combines the curricula and assessment methods of two modules in French for Beginners, MLF101 and MLF102, into a single 20-credit package. Its aim is to enable students to acquire an intermediate-level vocabulary and understanding of grammatical structures so as to allow them to communicate effectively in written and spoken French. Students will also acquire awareness of contemporary French culture from the range of materials used.

  • MLT330 Interpreting - Local Government Option

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation, and Bilateral Consecutive modes of Interpreting (including Telephone Interpreting). The context is Local Government, covering a selection of topics in the areas of Council Structures, Council Services, Social Services, Environmental Health & Protection, and Education. There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and Language Laboratory practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Lab. (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies)

  • MLTM05 Foundations of Translation and Interpreting

    Studying translation involves a number of special skills. They include, for instance, making optimal use of monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, and writing a well-structured commentary explaining your translation strategy or your use of specialized software. There are also some general skills you need, such as setting up a bibliography for a particular topic and formatting your documents to a professional standard. Apart from these skills, this module will also give you some general introductory knowledge of, for instance, the difference between terms and words and the organization of Computer-Assisted Translation tools. Finally, this module will introduce you to basic linguistic concepts and terminology, which you can use in discussing your translation work.

  • MLTM07 Interpreting - Health Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation (L1 into L2 and L2 into L1), Bilateral Consecutive (including Telephone Interpreting), and Simultaneous-Whispering modes of Interpreting. The contexts are Health issues and Current Affairs, covering a selection of topics in the following areas: Structure of the NHS and the equivalent National Health Services in the other countries studied; General Practice, Physiology and Professionals: The Role of the GP & The Role of the Consultants; A&E cases; Diseases: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prognosis (conditions and diseases of the Circulatory, Digestive, Respiratory, Reproductive and Urinary Systems); Mental Health and Current Affairs related to Health issues of the cultures involved (Language 1 & Language 2). There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and Language Laboratory practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Language Laboratory (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Health), examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies).