CULTURE AND FRENCH LANGUAGE STUDIES
The course is based on the reading and analysis of French language texts, with the aim of focusing on the economy and culture of France. The course moves from the semiotic analysis of texts taken from the French press and considered from a cultural and economic perspective.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
Students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of:
- the history of 19th-century France;
- the interplay between literature, economy and tourism;
- the representation of tourism in 19th-century literature.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Students are expected to:
- make inferences from implicit information by connecting concepts and linking given information to their own experience and/or cultural ‘encyclopaedia’;
- formulate predictions and hypotheses in French by integrating textual and non-textual elements.
Students are expected to:
- express meaningful and pertinent comments, knowledge, and opinions on a given topic;
- adapt information, knowledge and opinions to the communicative purpose and to different interlocutors;
- be able to mentally organize what they intend to say on the basis of given or personal criteria.
Students are expected to:
- present in French in a clear and logical way facts, observations and phenomena, information, concepts, opinions;
- identify and give appropriate emphasis to the main points of a given/chosen topic;
- plan a written presentation using a variety of resources and data.
Lifelong learning skills
Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to be autonomous in keeping up to date and studying in depth French topics.
Knowledge of the basic structures of the French language is desirable, corresponding to a starting level A1/A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). These prerequisites will be assessed through an entry test.
The course will give particular attention to aspects of culture, with a focus on the sector of Belgium, the country under study, finding axioms in the masterpieces of literature and demonstrating how, with possibly different expressive modulations, economistates anticipate the intuitions of which they use the work of the former to clarify their postulates. The course content is organized into modules, the duration of which depends on the level of preparation of the students and their familiarity with the basic concepts of the French language. On average, the course is structured as follows:
Module I (6hs)
Histoire de la Belgique, un pays francophone.
Module II (6hrs)
L’Union européenne dans l’œuvre de Jean-Philippe Toussaint.
Module III (6hrs)
L’art en Belgique.
Module IV (6hrs)
La Belgique et la contemporanéité.
Module V (6hrs)
Le marketing d’une œuvre littéraire.
Module VI (12hrs)
La Belgique et son économie.
Module VII (6hrs)
The course is developed both through lectures, dedicated to text analysis, also using videos in French, and through individual or group practical exercises and workshops/group works.
- Bridel, Yves, Beïda Chikhi, François-Xavier Cuche e Marc Quaghebeur (dir.), L’Europe et les Francophonies. Langue, littérature, Histoire, image, Bruxelles, PIE-Peter Lang, 2005.
Further study material will be provided from the teacher at the beginning of the course.
Additional teaching material for exam preparation and more precise information on the parts of the recommended texts are available on the University's Moodle platform.
The course includes an initial test aimed at ascertaining the students’ skills, a mid-term test (with the same structure as the final written test, which will serve as feedback for both students and tutor) and a final test that intends to verify the gradual and final acquisition of the contents. This partial assessment, which aims to evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired at the end of each activity and topic, is carried out through written and oral tests (multiple-choice tests, open-ended tests, oral comprehension questionnaires). It encourages students’ self-assessment and provides the tutor with useful information for the implementation of corrective teaching action and of reinforcement, consolidation and strengthening activities.
The final exam is made up of an oral examination. The evaluation criteria and final marks are established on the basis of the following mark breakdown:
- a mark of less than 18 out of 30: the level is considered insufficient, and the candidate has not fulfilled any of the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section;
- a mark ranging from 18-20 out of 30: in this case the candidate’s performance is considered sufficient and s/he fulfils the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section.
- a mark ranging from 21-23 out of 30: in this case the candidate’s performance is fully sufficient as s/he fulfils the results listed in both the “knowledge and understanding” section and the “applying knowledge and understanding” section.
- a mark ranging from 24-26 out of 30: in this case the candidate has reached a good level and has fulfilled the results listed as the expected outcomes of the course;
- a mark ranging from 27-29 out of 30: in this case the candidate has reached a very good level and has fulfilled the results listed as the expected outcomes of the course;
- a mark ranging from 30-30 cum laude: in this case the candidate has reached an excellent level and has fulfilled all the results listed as the expected outcomes of the course.
To achieve the oral test (discussion of one or more articles, chosen by the teacher, taken from the textbooks) students will have to demonstrate that they have reached a sufficient level of proficiency in relation to the learning outcomes set as the course’s learning objectives.