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Module Reading List

French Language Awareness and Skills, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Amanda Deacon
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Reading list:

Prescribed texts (you must have your own copy of these books)

Hawkins & Towell, French grammar and usage, 4th ed., Hodder 2015     

Jubb & Rouxéville, French grammar in context, 5th ed., Hodder 2020  

EBook available from  

Hard copy bundle of these two texts available from Balckwell's bookshop who price match Amazon. See link under module infromation.

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A good bilingual dictionary: either Collins Robert or Oxford Hachette ( French Dictionary, latest edition)


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Additional reading for consultation and self-study (Copies of all these books are in the University libraries)


Chambers Harrap's French students' dictionary.

R.E. Batchelor & M.H. Offord, Using French - A guide to contemporary usage.

Grammar books

J. Morton, English grammar for students of French : the study guide for those learning French, 7th ed., Arnold 2013.

G. Price, A comprehensive French grammar.

M. Coffman Crocker, Schaum's outline of French grammar.    

M. Jubb, Upgrade your French.

M.E. Surridge, Le ou la? : the gender of French nouns.

Further reading:

A. Lodge, N. Armstrong, Y. Ellis, J. Shelton, Exploring the French language.

P. Thody and H. Evans, Faux amis & key words : a dictionary-guide to French language, culture and society through lookalikes and confusables.

Study Skills:

S. G. Donald & P. E. Kneale, Study skills for language students : a practical guide.

The language learner's good study guide by the Open University's centre for Modern Languages.

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Suggestions for on line resources


Grammar Tex’s French Grammar (la grammaire de l’absurde).

A pedagogical reference grammar that combines explanations with surreal dialogues and cartoon images. Originally designed for students at the University of Texas as a user-friendly guide to French grammar. tips on how to determine the gender of French nouns.

Radio and Television

Radio Londres

You can also listen to podcasts on RFI, an international radio site which propose some listening exercises as well as transcripts. You will find it at the following address:

This list was last updated on 26/08/2021