"french" blog posts

Year Abroad Diary: September in Lyon

Posted on: 18 November 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Photograph of Sarah in a boat on a lake.

As I prepared myself to move to Lyon at the end of August 2021, the end of UK summer, I can’t lie I was quite apprehensive. Although I’ve always been an adventurous person who loves travelling, the prospect of actually moving to a new country and leaving behind my friends, family and student life in Liverpool was daunting. However, as cliché as it sounds, within a week of living in Lyon my worries were melted away by the utter beauty, excitement and 30 degrees Celsius weather of the city. Moving to Lyon as the UK summer was fizzling out, I didn’t expect to be sucked into an even hotter, sunnier, French summer!


The Battle of Algiers: an iconic film whose message of hope still resonates today

Posted on: 21 October 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Yacef Saadi, military leader of the FLN National Liberation Front networks of the autonomous zone of Algiers, poses after being captured at the end of the “Battle of Algiers”

Dr Maria Flood, lecturer in World Cinema, discusses Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 production The Battle of Algiers in an article for The Conversation.


Get your Language and Culture Fix this Summer

Posted on: 7 July 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

someone reading and drinking coffee at the park

If you’re planning to start a degree with us this year, there are plenty of ways you can get your language and film fix over the summer whilst doing a bit of preparation for your course. The Department of Languages, Cultures and Film has put together an extensive list of recommended resources in the list below. Some of these tie in directly with the modules you’ll be studying with us, as stated where applicable in the descriptions, but most are simply suggestions for broadening your appreciation and enjoyment of languages, cultures and film. Please don’t feel you have to purchase any resources as many will be available in the library or online when you arrive in Liverpool.


Welcome to the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film!

Posted on: 28 June 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Languages Students sitting and chatting in the Language Lounge

We are delighted to announce that from 1 July 2021 the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures will change its name to the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film.


Our Language Graduates and their Dissertations

Posted on: 3 August 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Image of language grammar books.

MLC finalists on the undergraduate dissertation module (MODL307) excelled themselves this year, producing a truly excellent set of projects on a wide range of research topics, from medieval representations of Joan of Arc to the social impact of neoliberal economic policies in contemporary Latin America. Each of the students involved carried out an independent research project of 10,000 words under the expert guidance of a staff member. The following is a selection of some of the projects produced by our talented dissertation students this year:


Get your Language and Culture Fix this Summer

Posted on: 17 July 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Student with headphones looking at language resources on a laptop

In the summer of 2020, many students’ travel plans have unfortunately had to be put on hold for the time being. However, if you are planning to start a degree in modern languages with us this year, there are still plenty of ways that you can get your language fix over the summer whilst doing a bit of preparation for your course. The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures have put together an extensive list of recommended resources for students looking for ways that they can prepare for starting their language studies with us this autumn. All recommended resources are purely suggestions for enjoyment over the summer, therefore do not feel you have to purchase any resources as many will be available in the library when you arrive in Liverpool.


The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures thanks the Class of 2020

Posted on: 13 July 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Collage of lecturers from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Ahead of the Class of 2020 online celebration later this week, teaching staff from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures have recorded a thank you message to our outgoing students for their efforts throughout their time with the University of Liverpool.


We've got an Instagram!

Posted on: 22 May 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

What’s that? We have an Instagram page dedicated to all things MLC?! Why didn’t we say so before? Well we honestly don’t know but we’re telling you now!


My year abroad: The one with the French culture shock

Posted on: 17 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

After being in France for a few weeks, the initial excitement of moving to another country has started to dwindle and is instead being replaced with a sort of limbo-like feeling. I officially live in France, but I’m still not quite used to the complexities of Rennes life and culture. The things that were exotic and fascinating at first now seem confusing and disorientating. We were warned about experiencing culture shock in Liverpool’s pre-departure briefings, but it’s only now that I’m realising that that’s exactly what this comedown is. To help new travellers out, I’ve prepared a list of things to look out for, things to be warned about and things to get you hyped up about going abroad:


Stop What You’re Doing and Listen to These MLC Podcasts Now

Posted on: 8 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Need to take a break from staring at your screen but still want to be productive at the same time? Look no further than the simple podcast. Choose from thousands of episodes covering large or small topics. You won’t feel guilty for giving your eyes a break. Take a look at a few we’ve found that could help you along with your language study.


My year abroad: The one with the first week in France (part two)

Posted on: 3 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Rennes 2 campus

After meeting the other Erasmus students in Rennes, Emily continues her first week of studying in France by boxing off the admin jobs and going to her first lectures.


My year abroad: The one with the first week in France (part one)

Posted on: 23 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

“Just over a week has passed by in my new home, in my new country, and so many incredible things have happened.” In fact, so many things happened in Emily’s first week of her Study Abroad adventure that we’ve split this entry into two parts. In part one, Emily gets to know her fellow Erasmus students and check out the sights of the city.


My year abroad: The one with the first day in France

Posted on: 10 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The day of my departure, I arrived at Birmingham Airport with far too much time to spare as usual (thanks mum). So after some weepy goodbyes and a Prêt A Manger baguette (very appropriate), the nerves were very quickly overtaken by a bit of airport boredom. Not the worst thing in the world, believe me, considering the adventure I was about to embark on.


My year abroad: The one with all the packing

Posted on: 27 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Pack. And then unpack. And then do it again. And still you’ll end up panic throwing something into the case the night before your departure. But at least with this list from Year Abroad student Emily Holtom in front of you, you’re less likely to forget something you really wanted to bring.


My year abroad: The one with the checklist — 15 things to prepare

Posted on: 20 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

There’s a whole lot that needs doing before you go off to live in a foreign country, whatever your pathway. Emily Holtom provides a neat little(ish) list for you to tick off.


My year abroad: The one with revision and research

Posted on: 5 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

In the second part of Emily Holtom’s Year Abroad series, she gives an overview of the things you need to do and think about before your Year Abroad journey can begin.


My year abroad: The one with all the introductions

Posted on: 29 January 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

French and English student Emily Holtom kicks off a new blog series where she shares her experiences on her year studying abroad in France. For part one of the series, Emily introduces herself and provides an overview of her time so far in Rennes.


Sylwia's Erasmus adventure in Liverpool

Posted on: 14 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

My name is Sylwia, and I’m a French student in \"Langues Etrangères Appliquées\" (Applied Languages English and German with a focus on Law, Economy and Literature) from Sorbonne-Université. My taste for adventure led me to do my Erasmus year abroad at the University of Liverpool where I study International Business and German with a specialisation in marketing to prepare me for my future Master’s.


Why are early modern French female writers so fascinating?

Posted on: 25 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Hélisenne de Crenne

For Women’s History Month, academic Pollie Bromilow explores the work of Hélisenne de Crenne, a French female writer from the sixteenth century.


Coming to terms with the colonial past? A visit to Tervuren

Posted on: 11 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Painting of Belgian colonialism

French history and culture expert, Prof Charles Forsdick, explores Belgium's colonial past.


Colette - a writer for our times?

Posted on: 9 January 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Colette film poster

Academic, Pollie Bromilow, reviews Wash Westmoreland’s latest film, 'Colette', and explores what it means for our understanding of this key French author.


‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ - film director, Agnès Varda, at Liverpool Biennial

Posted on: 16 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Three screens showing films

French and English student, Paige Johnson, explores the work of pioneering French New Wave director, Agnès Varda at Liverpool Biennial.


Join us for a celebration of French culture with Francophone Week

Posted on: 26 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

French flag

May 1968 was a period of significant civil unrest in France, with widespread protests across the country causing a temporary shutdown of government. The mouvement sparked an explosion of French music, art and culture which still resonates with the public today. Fifty years on, we're hosting a Francophone Week series of events to celebrate the best in French culture: from art to fashion, cinema to music.


Three things I love about 'Call me by your name'

Posted on: 31 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

call me by your name poster

We're looking forward to the Oscars! Here's Italian language assistant, Margaret Petrarca, to tell us why she loves 'Call me by your name' - nominated for four awards and directed by Italian director, Luca Guadagnino.


Toussaint Louverture - enigmatic, incendiary and a global icon?

Posted on: 20 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man on a horse

It was in 1998, the year of the sesquicentenary of the abolition of slavery in the French colonial Empire, that I first became very interested in Toussaint Louverture.


"After music, languages have always been my second love" - Dan Haggis, The Wombats

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

The Wombats - drums

Les Wombats? It could have happened! We caught up with Dan Haggis, drummer with indie rockers The Wombats, about his memories of studying languages at Liverpool and the tough decision to say au revoir to his degree and kick start his career as a professional musician.


Out of the blue: we dive into the world of French artist, Yves Klein

Posted on: 8 December 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

'Blue Sponge Relief (Little Night Music)' 1960 by Yves Klein, on display at Tate Liverpool until 5 March 2017 n© Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinekn

Walking around the Yves Klein exhibition, the over-riding feeling you come away with is that of an artist striving to celebrate life, movement and colour.