69465 - French Language and Culture III (Second Language)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2020/2021

Course contents

The course aims to consolidate and develop previously acquired skills. In analyzing original written and oral documents focusing on social-cultural aspects of the French society, students will acquire good levels of language fluency as well as developing advanced writing and oral production skills. We will focus on extended vocabulary, grammar and syntax with particular attention being given to the “registre soutenu”.


  • written / oral expression: reformulation exercises in order to develop vocabulary, to improve linguistic capacities in an academic context, to consolidate written and oral comprehension as well as socio-cultural skills.
  • a focus on Italian / French comparative linguistics: the consolidation of grammatical structures and the study of interference between Italian and French on a syntactic / morphological level.


  • an analysis of contemporary French society, its new challenges and ongoing discussions.

Students are expected to achieve B2+ competence level.



LECTURE NOTES available on Virtuale E-learning platform

Written and audio-visual material available on Virtuale E-learning platform




- M.F. MERGER, L. SINI, Le nouveau côte à côte, Amon, 2013

- F. BIDAUD, Grammaire du français pour Italophones, Utet Università

- F. BIDAUD, Exercices de grammaire française pour Italophones, Utet Università



Dictionnaire unilingue : Le Petit Robert

« Les Usuels »

  • Dictionnaire des synonymes, nuances et contraires, Le Robert
  • Dictionnaire des combinaisons de mots, Le Robert

Teaching methods

The course will focus on:

  • an extensive lexical study at advanced level (in the classroom as well as additional exercises)
  • a comparative Italian / French linguistic study and exercises
  • particular attention to written discourse and style (“registre soutenu”) and cohesion / coherence (“expressions de la cause, de la conséquence, du but, de l’opposition, de la concession, de l’hypothèse et de la condition”)
  • individual and / or group written homework assignments (via the Moodle e-learning platform) with individual feedback

The French language module will be supported by laboratory exercises (20 hours - compulsory) : Dott.ssa Chiara Sassoli https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/chiara.sassoli2/

Students must attend 70% of the class and active participation is required.

Assessment methods

The written test :

  • Contrastive grammar italian / French exercices (90 minutes) : the use of a monolingual dictionary is not allowed
  • Writing (2h): elaboration of a written text based on those experienced during the lessons: reformulation, enrichment, etc. (the use of a monolingual dictionary is allowed). A detailed evaluation grid will be provided to students before the exam.

Oral examination: listening comprehension and reformulation capacity.

The final registered mark will be an average of each subject’s mark : written French exam / oral French exam / French-Italian dialogue interpreting.


Teaching tools

- Virtuale E-learning platform (compulsory)

- Lecture notes available on Virtuale

The login password will be provided during the first lesson.

- Material listed in the bibliography

- Material provided by the instructor during the course (recorded from France Inter, France Culture and RFI radio, video documentaires / reportages, articles from Courrier International, Sciences Humaines, The Conversation, We Demain)

Office hours

See the website of Samantha Iafrate