Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CT0422 (AF:469530 AR:253668)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Class 2
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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The teaching comprises a theoretical module during the second semester as well as yearly linguistic practice courses strictly linked to it and coordinated by the professor. The main class objective is to build a basic metalinguistic knowledge of the french language and achieve a linguistic competency equivalent to the B1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The achievement of the learning objectives will be tested through a structured exam session.

Class 1 for students of litterature, linguistics, didactics
Class 2 for students "politico internazionale"

For practice classes :
LF1 gr. A
LF1 gr. B
Detailed learning objectives:
1. Knowledge and comprehension. Knowledge of the French phonologic system, lexical formation and the fundamental sentence structures of the French language. Basic knowledge of french culture and history, particularly politics in France.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension. The metalinguistic competency developed during the module enables the students to improve the conscious learning of the language and its use, particularly in relation to the prononciation and formalities of the language.
3. Autonomy of judgement. Ability to compare the functioning of one's own language with the french language and compare the two countries' cultural elements.
4. Communication competencies. Development of the 4 abilities required to achieve a B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
5. Learning competencies. Students learn to build a portfolio they will carry throughout the years of study, which will testify their work and their abilities to learn autonomously.
None. Students can attend the course as beginners.
Module with the professor at the second semester: the fundamental structures of the French language with a focus on political aspects.
Chapter 1: the French politics institutions and main actors + basic phonetics
Chapter 2: importants events of the 5th republic + basic lexicology
Chapter 3: notions of discourse analysis applied to speeches and texts

Workshops with the linguistic assistants

From September 2023
- for beginners and false beginners: course A1'A2 the first semester

For all
- Basic grammar exercises (morphology, conjugation, syntax)
- Written comprehension/production exercises B1
- Oral comprehension/production exercises B1
- Elements of culture and history: history and geography notions, administrative system (regions and departments, DROM COM), political institutions, educational system, time organisation, national and traditional holidays, culinary traditions, francophonie + content of the book Clés pour la France.
Additional readings:
Léon Monique et Léon Pierre, La prononciation du français, Armand Colin 2009
Bescherelle Louis Michel, La grammaire pour tous, Paris, Hatier, 2006
Bescherelle Louis Michel, L'orthographe pour tous, Paris, Hatier, 2006
Bescherelle Louis Michel, La conjugaison pour tous, Paris, Hatier, 20061)

Practice classes:
1) Du bon coté, 2020 Jamet, Sattler, Fourment - Minerva Scuola
2) Clés pour la France en 80 icônes culturelles - Denis C. Meyer - Hachette FLE
3) Un libro a scelta
1. Guillaume Bernard, Bernard de Gunten, Arlette Martin, Mauricette Niogret, Les Institutions de la France, Paris, Nathan, coll. « Repères pratiques », éd. 2017.
2. Jean-Louis Auduc, Le système éducatif français, Paris, Nathan, éd. 2016.
3. Jean-François Sirinelli, La Vè République, Paris, PUF, collection « Que sais-je ? », 2013.
4. Ross Steele, Civilisation progressive du français - Niveau intermédiaire (A2/B1), Paris, Clé international, 2017.
5. Maxime Lefebvre, La politique étrangère de la France, Paris, PUF, Coll. « Que sais-je ? », 2019.

Per chi preferisce un romanzo (intero)

- David Foenkinos : Numéro 2, Folio, 2023.
- Pierre Lemaitre : Le Serpent Majuscule, Albin Michel, 2021
- Boris Vian : l’Écume des jours, plusieurs éditions possibles
- Amkoullel, l'enfant Peul, J’ai lu, 2000.
- Muriel Barbery, l’Elégance du hérisson, Folio Gallimard, 2015

For beginners:
Berger-Spicacci, Savoir-dire, Savoir-faire I, livello A2-B1, Zanichelli
The final exam in French language 1 is divided into:
Written tests
1. a linguistic test + duration 45 minutes (module verification: competence 1)
2. a grammar test, duration 45 minutes (for the verification of skills 1 and 2)
3. a comprehension test of written documents on civilization issues with a questionnaire (similar test DELF B1), duration 30 minutes (for the verification of competence 4);
4. a written production of 180 words on a theme of everyday life (similar proof DELF B1), duration 45 minutes (for the verification of competence 4).

Specifications for the written test (class 2) :
The assessment of module Cl2 consists of a cloze test of 15 items of one point each (one word to be chosen from 3 possibilities), followed by the phonetic transcription of 5 words (one point per word), the highlighting of the lexical formation of 5 words (one point per question) and 5 multiple-choice questions (1 point per question) concerning genre, textual typology, enunciative features and intertextuality)

Texts will be taken from French press

Oral exam
- reading and translation of a randomly chosen passage of a political discourse (see liste below)
- lexical question suggested by the chosen discourse.
- answers to questions on French Politics (seen during the lessons)

The portfolio shows the work done during the year, in the classroom and independently. In particular, the portfolio will include:
- a CV (European format) with a short summary of their language training,
- any certifications,
- 5 written productions carried out during the year (3 corrected by the CEL and at least 2 personal),
- 5 comprehension of written text (2 corrected by the CEL)
- a short summary (about ten lines for each) for 5 B1 level audio documents (among those on Moodle website or any other source of your choice),
- a written summary (1 page) of a book to choose from the mandatory readings
and anything that can testify to your additional personal work (for bonuses).

The DELF B1 or B2 certificate or ESABAC may substitute part of the university exam. Please contact the professor.

The entire exam must all be completed by the 4th call of this academic year. If this does not occur, the entire exam must be repeated in the following academic year.

List of discourse that can be chosen for the oral exam
Possible speeches for reading aloud (only 15 lines of your choice will be read out - text to be provided separately with the portfolio)

Bayeux Speech (De Gaulle, 1946)

De Gaulle's Speech at Montréal (1967)

Speech by De Gaulle à Alger (1958)

Speech by Jacques Chirac (Johannesburg, 2002) : "Notre maison brûle et nous regardons ailleurs".

Mitterrand, last speech to the French (Télévision, 1994)

Speech by Simone Weil (Assembly, 1974)

Macron's speech (TV, Notre Dame, 2019)

René Dumont, at the origin of political ecology (1974)
Module (30 hours)
Frontal teaching. The activities done in class for the module are available online on moodle (code LT005L-CL2-23/24)
Practical classes

Practical classes : grammar (all year), comprehension / oral production (second semester), written comprehension and civilization (first semester) and written production (second semester)
The activities done in class during the exercises are available online on moodle

Tutoring activity for small groups :grammatical reinforcement for the first semester
Non-attending students are asked to contact the professor. The study program remains unchanged. The portfolio must be presented with the work done during the year to prove the achievement of the 250 hours of study corresponding to the 12 credits.
written and oral
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 30/01/2024