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 improve 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.
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.
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.
They are not necessary prerequisites. Those who do not present an overall preparation corresponding to A1 - A2 level are invited to study some French-language material for improve their preparation.
The course is divided into two sections, 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.
II 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 French economy;
- Areas of finance - finance Type;
- French companies of different sectors;
- Finance and globalization;
- Finance and financial markets;
- The European Union;
- How to write a Cv – europass;
- Recommendation letter;
- Job interview.
The course will take place through lectures and use of material available on the Moodle platform of the University and in the teacher's personal page. There will also be workshops on linguistic preparation to stimulate students towards discipline by studying and analyzing authentic texts in a foreign language. Students are also offered the opportunity to attend conferences and seminars of French professor hosted at the University.
Recommended grammar text: M. Vallaco, L. Parodi, Grammathèque, Cideb, 2010.
Dossier of authentic texts provided by the teacher.
Materials available on the University’s e-learning platform.
Further study material will be provided from the teacher during the course.
The final exam includes an oral examination in French on the themes of the course. The oral examination will verify the assessment of the four linguistic skills.
Students who are already in possession of a proficiency language certificate in French language equal to a B1 level issued by an Official certification institution in the last two years are encouraged to contact the teacher to agree, during office hours, the material course object of the examination.
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