FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
French AND ITALIAN
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.
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 places particular emphasis on aspects of French culture, with a focus on the tourism sector and on the literary masterpieces of French literature, demonstrating how, through different means of expression, writers and journalists sometimes anticipate the insights of economists, who use the work of the former to clarify their own theories. The content of the course is organised around modules, the duration of which depends on the students’ level of preparation and their familiarity with the basic concepts of the French language. On average, the course is structured as follows:
Module I (6hrs lesson)
L’économie de la France au XIXème
Module II (6hrs lesson)
Le Tourisme en France au XIXème
Module III (6hrs lesson)
L’Art en France au XIXème
Module IV (6hrs lesson)
Hector Malot et la presse française
Module V (6hrs lesson)
Hector Malot et l’économie
Module VI (12hrs lesson)
Hector Malot et le tourisme en Normandie
Module VII (6hrs lesson)
Les notaires, le droit et la morale dans l’œuvre de Malot
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.
- F. Marcoin (études réunies par) Hector Malot la morale et le droit, Paris, Magellan & Cie, 2014;
- M. G. Petrillo, Edmondo De Amicis et Hector Malot, deux écrivains aux grands cœur, in G. Benelli, C. Saggiomo (a cura di), Un coup de dés 4, Napoli, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, pp. 167-182.
- M.G. Petrillo, Rémi and David from anomie to autonomy. The archetypal orphan in the process of self-development to autonomy, in RVS, Anno XVI-XVII Luglio 2011-Gennaio 2012 Fascicoli 32-33, pp. 75-91;
- M.G. Petrillo, Rémi d’Hector Malot et son maître italien à la recherche d’une identité bien que “Sans famille”, in C. Diglio, A. Napolitano, F. Perilli (a cura di), Identité, Diversité et Langue, entre ponts et murs, Napoli, Ed. Loffredo, ISBN 978-88-99306-77-9, 2018, pp. 275-286;
- M.G. Petrillo, Hector Malot, son autobiographie littéraire et le langage des émotions in J. Altmanova, M. Centrella, Le langage des émotions. Mélanges en l’honneur de Giovannella Fusco Girard, Napoli, Tullio Pironti Editore, 2019, pp. 411-424.
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.