Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2021/2022
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMIA E MANAGEMENT
Location: 
Nola
Disciplinary sector: 
LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - FRENCH (L-LIN/04)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
1
Teachers: 
GOLINO LUCIA
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
72

Language

FRENCH

Course description

The course aims to provide students with a solid linguistic preparation, aimed in particular at developing and acquiring the skills necessary to approach a text in French, even a specialised one. The lessons, conducted by the teacher in the language and with a communicative approach, will tend to favour comprehension, reading ability, written and oral expression, up to a level of B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). At the same time, the course aims to provide, in an intercultural perspective, specific knowledge of the history, culture, constitutional order and economy of French-speaking countries. Finally, the course aims to introduce students to the study of economic and business terminology and language by reading, understanding and analysing articles from the economic pages of newspapers and other authentic documents.
The learning objectives of the course can be broken down as follows:
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student must demonstrate that he/she knows the main morphosyntactic structures of the French language and that he/she understands a French text, even a specialised one.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
By the end of the course, the student must demonstrate that he/she can apply the main morphosyntactic structures of the French language and understand a specialised economics text, applying the knowledge and skills acquired to other specialised fields of economics.
Autonomy of judgement
By the end of the course, the student must demonstrate that he/she is able to choose between the various linguistic registers that are most appropriate to the situational context of use and to evaluate autonomously the appropriate vocabulary and syntax according to the situational context of use. During the exercises, students learn how to choose autonomously the vocabulary and syntax most appropriate to the communicative context.
Communicative skills
By the end of the course, students must demonstrate that they can communicate orally in French in a clear and appropriate manner. During the exercises, the student learns how to communicate (orally and in writing) in French in a grammatically and syntactically correct manner.
Learning ability
By the end of the course, the student will be able to consult authentic material in a foreign language and be able to update autonomously on topics of interest available in digital or printed resources in a foreign language. During the course, students are given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge by means of exercises to be carried out progressively autonomously and then checked by the teacher during the lessons.

Prerequisites

Although knowledge of the basic structures of the French language, corresponding to a starting level of A1-A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), is desirable, no specific prerequisites are required for understanding the course content.
For beginners, advanced learners and first level students, it is advisable to attend tutoring activities that may be arranged to support the progressive acquisition of the foreign language.

Syllabus

LANGUAGE
Morphology, syntax and lexicon of French I: -phonetics and phonology, the noun, the adjective, articles, demonstrative, possessive and indefinite adjectives and pronouns, numerals, personal pronouns, subject and complement, the main prepositions, the indicative mode in the present, imperfect, near past, simple future, imperative, affirmative, interrogative and negative sentences.
Morphology, syntax and lexicon of French II: -the compound tenses of the indicative mode, the conditional, the infinitive, the agreement of the past participle, gallicisms, the expression of quantity, quality, temporality and spatiality; the subjunctive mode in the present tense, the expression of purpose, cause, consequence, concession, the passive form; condition and hypothetical period, direct and indirect speech, concordance, use and manner of tenses, connectives.
MONOGRAPHY
History, culture, politics and economics of French-speaking countries: The history of French language and culture; Geographical and political France; La Francophonie; The European Union; Paris, the economic capital; Art in France; Fashion in France; The press in France; Communication in the business world; Economics and the labour market; Writing a CV - Europass in French; Doing Erasmus in France.

LANGUAGE
Morphology, syntax and lexicon of French I.
Morphology, syntax and lexicon of French II.
MONOGRAPHY
History, culture, politics and economics of French-speaking countries: The history of French language and culture; Geographical and political France; La Francophonie; The European Union; Paris, the economic capital; Art in France; Fashion in France; The press in France; Communication in the business world; Economics and the labour market; Writing a CV - Europass in French; Doing Erasmus in France.

Teaching Methods

The course is developed both through frontal teaching, also with the use of videos in French, and through individual or group practical exercises. This makes it possible to use the systemic-interactionist learning paradigm that puts the student at the centre of the process in a development of self-learning through mutual interaction and sharing with the group or student community. Group work and the group itself becomes a real experiential laboratory, where the student can use the different tools of the Moodle platform (forum, chat, assignments, glossaries, polls, quizzes, etc.).
The student is also offered the opportunity to attend conferences and seminars by renowned scholars from the French-speaking world, hosted at the University.

Textbooks

F. Bidaud, Grammaire du français pour italophones, Torino, UTET, 2015 (recommended grammar);
C. Grimaldi, Parcours de langue et culture françaises au XXIe siècle, Napoli, ESI, 2015 (topics chosen by the teacher and collected in a handout);
J.-P. Fitoussi, Le théorème du lampadaire, Paris, Les Liens qui libèrent, 2013 (topics chosen by the teacher and collected in a handout);
D. Traina, Affaires et civilisation, Firenze, Minerva, 2012 (topics chosen by the teacher and collected in a handout).

Learning assessment

The course includes an initial test to assess the student's skills, an ongoing test (a mock exam, useful feedback for both the student and the teacher) and a final test to assess the gradual and final acquisition of the four language skills: oral and written comprehension, oral and written production.
The final examination consists of a written test lasting one hour (multiple-choice exercises [n. 35] and completion exercises [n. 10]) and an oral test, both aimed at assessing comprehension, oral and written production skills and verifying the skills acquired. No dictionary may be used for the written test. The two tests are held on the same day.
Successful completion of the written test will give the student access to the oral test.
The assessment criteria for the written test are determined according to the following scale (in the final assessment the student will be assessed as suitable or unsuitable):
- less than 18/30: insufficient level of ability: the student does not achieve any of the learning outcomes foreseen under the point "Knowledge and ability to understand";
- 18-20/30: sufficient level of ability: the student achieves sufficiently the learning outcomes foreseen under "Knowledge and understanding";
- 21-23/30: fully sufficient level of ability: the student achieves, in particular, the learning outcomes stipulated under the headings "Knowledge and ability to understand" and "Applied knowledge and ability to understand";
- 24-26/30: good level of ability: the student achieves, in a good way, the learning outcomes foreseen as educational objectives of the course.
- 27-29/30: very good level of ability: the student achieves more than well the learning outcomes expected as learning objectives of the course.
- 30-30 with distinction: excellent level of ability: the student fully achieves the learning outcomes expected as learning objectives of the course.
The oral test (questions on the topics of the handout) is passed if the student demonstrates at least a sufficient level of ability with respect to the learning outcomes expected as learning objectives of the course.

More information

Language certifications
Students who have already obtained a language certificate in French of at least B1 level issued by an official certifying body within the last two years are exempt from the written exam, subject to notification of the teacher and presentation of the certificate. For the oral test, students are invited to contact the lecturer during office hours in order to agree on the teaching material to be used in the exam.