The Department of French, established in 1882 by the Jesuits (originally from France) has been offering French as a second language option to undergraduate students right from the start. Since 2012, French has been offered at the beginner level (A1- I and II semesters) and at the intermediate levels (A2 – III and IV semesters) corresponding with the FLE (French as Foreign Language) syllabus framed under the guidelines of ‘Common European Framework of Reference’ for languages (CEFR).
For students interested in exploring a different culture, the French language is the ideal choice as it helps them not only learn a new language but also get a glimpse of French music, literature, cuisine, and cinema. The objective of the Department is to help students to understand basic information, questions about shopping/immediate environment and successfully communicate about simple tasks, familiar topics, and matters of immediate need. On completing four semesters, students traveling to a Francophone country for higher studies or professional purposes will be able to cope with basic repetitive tasks like navigating a menu in a restaurant, booking a hotel, writing a short e-mail, filling out application forms, etc.
Greetings from the School of Languages and Literatures!
We believe that academic experiences can be joyful.
Reading and writing are the means by which we begin asking ourselves who we are. They are also the means by which we begin to know the many worlds around us. The joy of learning moves us in these moments of discovery.
The philosopher William James spoke of the experience of metanoia, a heartfelt understanding, a transformation from within. Every language class carries within it the potential to transform you for life, and that is why we take languages seriously at SJU.
St Joseph’s thus offers each of you an abundant joy in learning.
Seize this opportunity!
Dr Arul Mani
Dean, School of Languages & Literatures
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