Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
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Second semester
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Course description

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 morphosyntactic, lexical and terminological structures of the French language, as well as to understand a French-language specialized text.

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.


Parthenope University of Naples provides beginners with pre-courses of French (in September) whose attendance is required for the enrolment. Attending the courses and passing the relevant final test means attendees have achieved an acceptable level of knowledge (A1/A2) and can therefore join the in French course.
At the beginning of the curricular Course in French Language Linguistic Skills, students who have not passed the assessment tests and students who enrolled after the development of the Course, are invited to take a test to determine their language level. Those who do not present an overall preparation corresponding to A1 - A2 level. are invited to follow the French language workshops (organized in groups). The attendance to the language labs is also adviced to students having a higher level than requested. At the end of the language lab there is a final examination which, if passed, replaces the written examination. The attendance to the language laboratories does not replace the curricular Course


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):
Particular attention will be paid to the following subjects:
- 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;

II Module (24h):
Particular attention will be paid to the following subjects:
- 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.

III Module (24h):
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 history of the French language and culture
The geographical and political France
The Francophone World
The European Union
Paris economic capital
Art in France
Fashion in France
Communication in business
Economics and labor market
Writing a CV – Europass
Travelling to/across France;
Taking the Erasmus program in France.

Teaching Methods

The course is divided in two sections, i.e., one linguistic and one more specific. The course also includes lectures via e-learning. This allows applying the systemic and interactional learning model in which students are central, and it helps develop their self-learning through mutual interaction. Teamwork, and the group itself, becomes a real experiential workshop.


F. Bidaud, Grammaire du français pour italophones, Torino, UTET, 2015
C. Grimaldi, Parcours de langue et culture françaises au XXIe siècle, Napoli, ESI, 2015.
J.P. Fitoussi, Le théorème du lampadaire, Paris, Les Liens qui libèrent, 2013
D. Traina, Affaires et civilisation, Firenze, Minerva, 2012

Further study material will be provided during the course.

Learning assessment

Written examination (with a multiple and single choice test) and oral examination for the assessment of the four skills.

More information

Students who are already in possession of a proficiency language certificate in French language equal to a B1/B2 level issued by an Official certification institution in the last two years, are exempted from the written test, previous written communication to the Teacher and upon presentation of the certificate. For the oral exam, students are encouraged to contact their Teacher to agree, during office hours, the material course object of the examination.


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