74778 - French Language (8 Cfu) (M-Z)

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student: - has an active and passive basic knowledge of the French language. In particular, the student is able to: - read, take notes, follow a discussion in French - deal with specialist political and media language in French-speaking cultures.

Course contents

The « Francophonie » between the Maghreb and the Orient. Political and cultural perspectives

The relations between the « Francophonie » and the areas of the Maghreb and the Near East extend well beyond the historical boundaries of decolonization, with linguistic, political and ideological ruptures and continuity.

The economic-institutional crisis in Lebanon (2020), as well as the beginning of the trials for the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters (2021) and on November 13, 2015 (2022), have renewed the debate around the French language and cultures in their relationship with otherness.

An instrument of transnational communication, a system of integration to be adopted or a cultural vehicle from which oneself must free, the relationship with the « Francophonie » remains the linguistic-cultural prism - privileged but ambivalent - for describing the East and for highlighting the idiosyncrasies of the West.

During the lessons, reportages, essays, newspaper articles, extracts from narrative texts will be presented to discuss the problematic relationship between the Francophonie and the Orient in contemporary times, from the Algerian war to the Arab spring; from the hijab debate to radicalization in prisons and banlieues.

IMPORTANT: attending students must necessarily take a LEVEL TEST on September 12. Students must register via AlmaEsami. The exam will be held on-line on REMOTE via Virtuale and Teams Class. The e-class link will be communicated during the days before the exam.


Texts for attending and non-attending students (see assessment methods below):

The material under study will be available on www.virtuale.unibo.it, the portal for the management of University teaching materials.

For the preparation of non-attending students, the following text is recommended:

Grammaire progressive du français – niveau intermédiaire (A2-B1), 4e édition, Maïa Grégoire, Odile Thievenaz, CLE international, 2017.

Teaching methods

Lectures, presentations in ppt, discussions, exposé.

Assessment methods


The exam consists of two parts: Language exercises (written exam with the lecturers) + Monographic course (written exam with the teacher). The final grade is calculated on the weighted average of the two parties.

The Language exercises exam takes place at the end of the first 30 hours in the second semester.

Examination methods MONOGRAPHIC COURSE

 · The exam lasts one hour.

· The exam consists of 15 closed-ended and 5 open-ended questions on issues of understanding of the text.


The exam consists of two parts (written grammar test and oral conversation on the materials provided during classes and available on Virtuale) to be held in the same exam session.


· (60 minutes) verification of grammar knowledge. Passing the written test (18/30) is necessary to access the oral exam.

Passed written test: access to the oral part (point B)

· Written test not passed: Those who do not pass the written test cannot access the oral tests but will have to present themselves again at another exam. There is no leap of appeal.


o definite and indefinite articles

o articulated prepositions

o personal pronouns (subject, tonic, object and term complement)

o pronouns "en" and "y"

o conjugation of the three groups in all tenses and all modes, including subjunctive, present participle, gerund and verbal adjective. The remote past is excluded.

o gender and number of nouns and adjectives (formation of the feminine and plural)

o possessive and demonstrative adjectives and pronouns

o negative form with all its specificities

o interrogative form in its 3 modalities

o pronominal verbs

o partitive articles and their negative form

o prepositions and phrases of time (il y a, depuis etc.), of place (devant, derrière, face à etc.), prepositions with geographical names (countries and regions)

o use of: "très, beaucoup et beaucoup de"

o indefinite adjectives and pronouns (quantity and quality)

o essentially impersonal verbs / constructions of impersonal verbs)

o simple and compound relative pronouns

o three Gallicisms

o choice of: "ce" or "il" devant i a être (c’est / il est)

o formation of the adverbs of quantity, place and time

o constructions with opinion verbs (use of the subjunctive or not)

o passive form

o three degrees of the hypothesis

o indirect speech in the past tense with specific changes to the sentence (si, ce que)

o various articulators of the discourse (par rapport à, envers, en revanche, donc etc.)

o preparation for the grammar test can be carried out with the manual used in class: La grammaire progressive du français (A1-B2)

B) Linguistic assessment

The student will study the dossier of texts that will be available on Virtual: all will be subject to examination. The student will be questioned in French about the content of the documents in the dossier

Teaching tools

Powerpoint presentations; projection of audio-visual materials; e-learning platforms.

Office hours

See the website of Michele Morselli