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Foreign languages, literatures and cultures

In order to apply to one of the programmes of the master, please select the programme you are interested in under the "Year 1 & 2 Master's programmes" tab.

Learning outcome targets

This Master's degree is currently based on the one hand on the ‘Specialist English’ course (A.Spé) at the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, which is taught in collaboration with the Université Paris-Diderot, and on the other on the FESup course, which is taught exclusively at ENS Paris-Saclay. It aims to train very high-performing anglicists who possess the skills traditionally developed in the study of English (excellent command of written and oral English language, excellent level in English/French and French/English translation). In addition, students should have a strong disciplinary background in Specialist English (e.g. extensive linguistic and phonological skills, ability to analyse the major literary texts of the English-speaking world, knowledge of English-speaking civilisations), and a very strong subject aptitude for Specialist English (theory and didactics of English, knowledge of the major fields of Specialist English - scientific, legal, economic, medical English, knowledge of discourse analysis and terminology).
The specific profile of the A.Spé Master's degree (the only Master's degree associated with the LLCER course at the Université Paris-Saclay and unique in France) means it is particularly well suited for future teachers or teacher-researchers of English wishing to work in contexts where specialist English is at the heart of research and training (lectureship or PRAG positions in higher education, universities, IUTs or Grandes Ecoles).

Post-graduate profile
  • University lecturers in English studies or with a specialisation in English (after completing a doctoral programme);
  • Teachers (agrégés) in higher education (PRAG);
  • Teachers (agrégés) in preparatory classes;
  • Secondary-school teachers (agrégés);
  • Executives in the public or private sector.
Transfer paths

Master students have access to the two M2 courses offered ("A.Spé" - (English for Specific Purposes) - and "FESup" - Pedagogical Training for Lecturers - from the "A. Spé" Master 1 which constitutes a common core syllabus base).

However, under certain conditions it is possible to enter directly into the FESup Master 2 without first completing the FESup M1 (proven excellence in English-speaking studies is a prerequisite in such a case).


Applicants to this discipline must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Have a very good command (European level C1 or higher), both spoken and written, of the foreign or regional language targeted by the field of study in question;
  • Preferably have completed an LLCER L3 or equivalent training that covers linguistics in the foreign language, as well as literature, civilization, translation and civilization;
  • Be able to use the university communication techniques required for writing a research thesis;
  • At the time of registration in M1 or M2, submit a detailed research thesis project having obtained prior agreement for it from a research director at Université Paris-Saclay or possibly at the discipline's partner universities;
  • For applicants from a non-French speaking background, demonstrate advanced command of the French language (C1-level competence recommended, B2+ level admitted, certification compulsory).
Skills required within the Field of Study :
  • Be able to carry out high-level, independent scientific research on a complex subject of study associated with the foreign language which corresponds to the course of study (particularly on the specialist content of the language).

  • Have very good knowledge of the linguistic structure of the foreign language associated with the course and master different levels of interpretation, both in general and specialist contexts.

  • Have extensive knowledge of the foreign culture studied during the course.

  • Be able to analyse literary or pragmatic texts and speeches in a foreign language with sensitivity and accuracy.

  • Have a very advanced command of the phonetic code of the foreign language.

  • Translate complex texts, whether literary or pragmatic, with accuracy and precision from French to the foreign language studied during the course and vice versa.