Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL SCIENCES
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First Semester
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Course description

Learning Objectives:

The course aims to provide students with a solid basic language preparation which is particularly intended for the development and acquisition of the skills required to approach a (non-)specialized text in French. Lectures are carried out in French with a communicative approach, and aim to foster understanding, reading skills, written and oral expression, up to a B1/B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). At the same time, the course provides, in an intercultural perspective, specific knowledge related to French history and culture, and to the country’s Government. The course is also designed to introduce students to the study of economic terminology.

Knowledge and understanding:
Students will demonstrate to know the main morphosyntactic structures of French language and understand a text of Economics and finance.

Applying Knowledge and understanding:
Students will demonstrate to know how to apply the main French language morphosyntactic structures and to analyze a text of Economics and finance.

Making judgments:
Students will demonstrate the ability to choose between different linguistic registers the ones most appropriate situational context proposed by the teacher.

Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate in French in a clear and appropriate in specific professional contexts.

Lifelong learning skills:
Students must demonstrate a good capacity of learning and application of communicative functions; students will also demonstrate understanding of a specialized French text.


Students who do not present an overall preparation corresponding to A1 - A2 level are invited to follow the French language workshops organized in groups.


Study Program/Contents
The course is divided into two sections, i.e., one linguistic and one more specific. The linguistic section (48h during the first and the second modules) involves written and oral exercises related to the structures and essential elements of morphology, syntax and lexis of French, with a view to helping students understand and discuss both orally and in writing some key issues of daily life as well as the current issues in France to take on a possible period of mobility to study in a French-speaking country.
I Module (24h):
- Phonetics and phonology, nouns, adjectives, articles, demonstrative modifiers, possessive and indefinite modifiers, numerals, personal pronouns, main prepositions, indicative with all tenses, imperative, declarative, interrogative and negative sentences;
- The perfect tenses in the indicative mood, the conditionals, the infinite, the agreement of past participle, Gallicisms, how to express the ideas of quantity, quality, temporality and spatiality;
- The subjunctive mood in the present tense, how to express the idea of purpose, cause, consequence and concession, the passive voice;
- Conditional clause, direct and indirect speech, concordances, how to use tenses, connecting devices.
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The more specific section is devoted to a reflection on some fundamental aspects of the history of the French language, the French economy and the politics, as well as a short introduction to the institutional system and constitutional law of the French Republic in its current configuration. Through the reading, the comprehension and the analysis of economic articles from selected newspapers and authentic documents, students will gradually familiarize with the financial terminology of French using a comparative and intercultural perspective.
Particular attention will be paid to the following subjects:

-The economy in France
-Areas of finance - finance Type
-Finance and globalization
-Finance and financial markets
-The European Union
-How to write a Cv - europass

Teaching Methods



- F. Bidaud, Grammaire du français pour italophones, Torino, UTET, 2015 ;
- C. Grimaldi, Parcours de langue et culture françaises au XXIe siècle, Napoli, ESI, 2015.
Further study material will be provided during the course.

Learning assessment

Learning Assessment:
Oral examination for the assessment of the four skills.

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