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Langues - LAN463vANG : LU1 - Africa, the Bright Continent - B2C1

Descriptif

The theme:

The thematic aim of this course is to look at multiple aspects of this fascinating continent. Once known by Europeans as the dark continent, Africa has changed immeasurably in a few decades and its development continues to make great strides forward, despite huge and varied challenges faced by each country. Films and ‘western’ media have often dwelt on negative stories of conflict, famine, poverty and corruption, but there are lesser-known portraits showing the resilience and innovation of Africans, their rich culture and their ambitions for the future. Among the many topics we could look at, we’ll focus on what interests you most and you are welcome to suggest other aspects.

  • Perceptions of Africa – accurate portraits or ignorant prejudice?
  • Diversity of people, geography, language
  • Pre-colonial history, colonisation and its impacts, independence and Africa now
  • Art, music and cultural life
  • Films and literature
  • The wildlife trade, conservation, tourism and the environment
  • Governance, conflict, corruption, dictatorships and democracy
  • Development and humanitarian projects
  • Focus on particular countries and regions
  • Current affairs

Language skills:

First and foremost a language course, all students are expected to participate actively.  

Speaking: discussions, debates and oral presentations with slides (your topic)

Oral comprehension: watching documentary and film extracts and commenting (examples:  The Lost Kingdoms, Out of Africa, Blood Diamond, The Last King of Scotland, Tsotsi, Hotel Rwanda, Invictus, Darwin’s Nightmare, The Constant Gardener, The Boy who Harnessed the Wind or …open to suggestions!)

Reading: press articles and online research, as well as vocabulary acquisition

Writing: written assignments:  factual or opinion pieces (choice of subjects)

Objectifs pédagogiques

Language skills:

First and foremost a language course, all students are expected to participate actively.  

Speaking: discussions, debates and oral presentations with slides (your topic)

Oral comprehension: watching documentary and film extracts and commenting (examples:  The Lost Kingdoms, Out of Africa, Blood Diamond, The Last King of Scotland, Tsotsi, Hotel Rwanda, Invictus, Darwin’s Nightmare, The Constant Gardener, The Boy who Harnessed the Wind or …open to suggestions!)

Reading: press articles and online research, as well as vocabulary acquisition

Writing: written assignments:  factual or opinion pieces (choice of subjects)

effectifs minimal / maximal:

/16

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

L'UE est acquise si Note finale >= 8
  • Crédits ECTS acquis : 0 ECTS

Mots clés

Africa
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