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 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. The course aims to introduce the students to the analysis and the correct use of economic, financial and management terminology.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course, students must demonstrate to know the main morphosyntactic structures of French language and understand a text of economics.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course, students must demonstrate to know how to apply the main French language morphosyntactic structures and to analyze a text of economics, applying the knowledge and skills acquired to other specialty fields of economic nature.
At the end of the course, students must demonstrate that he is able to choose among the different linguistic registers those most appropriate to the situational context of use and to be able to independently evaluate the appropriate lexicon and syntax according to the situational context of use. During the course the student learns how to independently choose the vocabulary and syntax suitable for the communicative context.
At the end of the course, students must demonstrate that he can communicate orally in French in a clear and appropriate way. In practice activities the student will learn how to choose vocabulary and syntactic structures which are appropriate for the communicative context.
Lifelong learning skills:
At the end of the course, students will be able to consult authentic material in French and will be able to keep abreast of issues related to subjects that interest them using digital and printed resources in French. During the course, insights are provided through exercises to be carried out progressively autonomously and then verified by the teacher in class.
Although 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), no specific prerequisites are required for understanding the course contents.
The course is divided into two sections, one linguistic and one specific of the field of study of the students. The linguistic section involves exercises related to the structures and essential elements of morphology, syntax and lexicon of French. The monographic part is dedicated to a reflection on some aspects of French economics, politics, finance and tourism.
Module I (24hrs lesson) – Morphology, syntax and lexicon of French:
- phonetics and phonology; nouns; adjectives; articles; demonstrative, 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; gallicisms;
- the subjunctive mood in the present tense.
Module II (24hrs lesson) – Economy and labor market in French-speaking countries:
This module will focus on these subjects:
1. the French economy (2hrs);
2. areas of finance (2hrs);
3. French companies of different sectors (2hrs);
4. finance and globalization (2hrs);
5. finance and financial markets (2hrs);
6. the European Union (2hrs);
7. the cv-europass (2hrs);
8. recommendation letter (2hrs);
9. job interview (2hrs);
10. spontaneous application for a job (2hrs);
11. français des affaires (2hrs);
12. the changing world after the COVID-19 pandemic (2hrs).
The course is developed both through lectures, also using videos in French, and through individual or group practical exercises and workshops/group works. This allows student to use the systemic-interactionist learning paradigm that places the student at the center of the learning process in a development of self-learning through mutual interaction and sharing with the student group or community. Group work and the group itself becomes a real experiential laboratory, where the student can use the different tools of the University e-learning platform (forum, chat, assignments, glossaries, surveys, quizzes, etc.).
Student can also attend French conferences and seminars of well-known scholars from the French-speaking world, guests for research stays at the University.
- Recommended grammar text: F. Bidaud, Grammaire du français pour italophones, Torino, UTET, 2020 (IVth edition);
- Dossier of texts provided by the teacher available on the University’s e-learning platform;
- Materials available on the University’s e-learning platform.
The exam consists of an oral examination aimed at assessing the skills of oral comprehension, interaction and oral production in French, as well as verifying the skills acquired by the student in relation to the analysis of the proposed study texts. The evaluation takes into account the constant application of the student to all stages of the training process. Active participation in activities and workshops planned during the course and in the in-depth seminars constitutes an evaluation element that contributes to the outcome of the final exam. The verification of the knowledge and disciplinary skills indicated in the learning objectives takes place, therefore, through moments of systematic observation and formal verifications.
To achieve a pass in the oral test 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 objective (knowledge of the main morphosyntactic structures of the French language, understanding of a specialised text of an economic nature, correct choice between different linguistic registers, appropriate use of vocabulary and syntax).
This oral examination is not validated by a digit score: its success is met by the student showing a proficiency level.
Students who are already in possession of a proficiency language certificate in French language equal at least to a C1 level issued by an official certification institution are encouraged to contact the teacher to agree, during office hours, the material course object of the examination.
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