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Langues - LAN463vANG : VE1 - Africa - B2C1 - LAN463vANG01


Unless we’ve had the chance to see for ourselves, our visions of Africa rely on the articles and books we’ve read, the history we learnt at school and the TV news and films we watch, but how objective and realistic are they? Have they contributed to boosting a positive image of the dynamic African continent and its people, or have they limited themselves to depicting negative aspects, such as poverty, crime and conflict?

By analyzing and discussing attitudes conveyed in films and in the press, we will explore the theme of Africa and its many facets.

Objectifs pédagogiques

Teaching Objectives:

Linguistic objectives: to use and develop English language skills through discussion, oral presentation, listening and reading. Acquisition of vocabulary.

Cultural objectives: to look at how Africa and the Africans are portrayed in the press and in films.

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Diplôme(s) concerné(s)

Parcours de rattachement

Format des notes

Numérique sur 20

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Diplôme d'ingénieur de l'Ecole polytechnique

La note obtenue rentre dans le calcul de votre GPA.

Programme détaillé


One weekly class of 2 hours, Fridays 8-10am

Course Content:

Africa – historical, political, economic and social contexts

Attitudes towards Africa and how they have changed

Cinema portrayal of Africa in films such as Out of Africa, Blood Diamond, The Last King of Scotland, Tsotsi, Hotel Rwanda, Goodbye Bafana, Invictus, Darwin’s Nightmare, The Interpreter, The Constant Gardener or …open to suggestions!

Africa’s portrayal in the press and in literature

Teaching Methods:

Viewing of fictional and documentary film extracts, followed (or preceded) by subject exploration, analysis and discussion of opinions. Reading and analysis of press articles and literary extracts. Individual or group research into historical, political, economic and social backgrounds and contexts. Individual and group oral presentations by students, prepared individually or in groups, and given in front of the class, accompanied by slides and references.

Individual Work:

Students will be expected to read and reflect on video extracts and texts outside the class as well as in class, in order to participate in discussions. They will also prepare oral presentations in groups on a chosen aspect of the portrayal of Africa – a specific film, a particular country or a theme, such as African entrepreneurship, raw materials, conflict or humanitarian work. Written assignments will also be given.


Continual assessment of participation and use of the English language.

Evaluation of an oral presentation given by the student in a group.

Written assignments

Mots clés

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