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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Diversity in French and Francophone Studies: A CPD workshop series for teachers of French

This series of workshops will focus on the theme of diversity as a key point of contact between A-level French teaching, where it features both as a highlighted aspect of contemporary society and as a theme in prescribed literary works and films, and current work in French and Francophone Studies at University level, where it represents a core principle in curriculum development and broader institutional priorities.

The series aims:

1.    To share insights into the centrality of diversity, as a theme and as a disciplinary and institutional priority, to current work in French and Francophone Studies at University level.
2.    Through these insights, to (a) enrich A-level teachers’ sense of their subject; (b) inform advice for students on course choices (both GCSE to A-level, and A-level to University) by highlighting current developments in approaches to material from the French-speaking world on University courses; and (c) enrich University provision, especially in first year, by increasing understanding of current approaches at A-level.
3.    To provide extension and enrichment activities and materials to support A-level teaching. 
4.    To define a set of online resources to be developed on the basis of participant feedback and reviewed in a follow-up event.
5.    To develop networks among teachers and between teachers and academics that will sustain future outreach work in the subject.

Dates for your diary

The series will comprise five one-hour online workshops and a concluding half-day in-person event. The online workshops will be held monthly between October 2022 and February 2023, timed to take place after school hours on a weekday. The in-person half-day event will be held in Cambridge in the school Easter holidays 2023. Thanks to the support of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, an amount of funding will be available to support travel to the in-person event by participants based outside of Cambridgeshire.

Booking will open in July 2022.


The online workshops will focus on the following topics:

1.    Diversifying French Studies: from the francophone to the transnational
2.    Contemporary France (Republicanism and the challenges of diversity: écriture inclusive, racism (e.g., Pap Ndiaye, Mame-Fatou Niang))
3.    Literature (diversifying the curriculum: link to A-level provision: from Camus and Begag to Kamel Daoud; from Guène and Bâ to Leonora Miano)
4.    Translation (diversifying provision)
5.    Film (banlieue cinema: link to A-level provision: from La Haine to Bande de filles and Divines)

Workshop structure

Each workshop will be led by a member of the French Section at the University of Cambridge, and will be structured so as to enable discussion and exchange. Starting from aspects of the topic covered in A-level teaching, sessions will connect these to elements of University teaching of the topic and to current research in the field, providing targeted, accessible extension materials and exercises.

The in-person half-day event will

(a) provide participants with networking opportunities to support ongoing CPD and future outreach activities, (b) develop discussions from online workshops, and (c) from these discussions, sketch online resources for subsequent development. Informal discussion over lunch and tea will frame two dedicated, structured discussion sessions: ‘Teaching contemporary France: questions of diversity’, and ‘Teaching literature and film: postcolonial France and the French-speaking world’.

The development of online resources on the basis of the series will be informed by the work that produced the existing Cambridge Collaborative A-level Resources for Languages, and will build on the materials already available.

Our supporters

With thanks to the ASMCF for their generous support for this project.

Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF)