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Anouck Fanny Marion Vecchietti Massacci Thursday 11:00 am (CLA)

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
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Learning Objectives


Acquire a high level of writing in particular the technique of synthèse (summary) starting from a document composed of three texts (2 in French and 1 in Italian). The document can consist of different kinds of texts: mainly newspaper articles but also images (photos or illustrations) e graphs and tables. Each document contains information that the student has to extract and reformulate with the aim of producing a coherent and cohesive text.

LISTENING comprehension

Acquire a high level of oral comprehension and the ability to take complete and relevant notes   (prise de notes).


-  Learn to give an oral presentation with complete awareness of verbal and non-verbal language used

-  Easily express a detailed point of view clearly and coherently.

-  Ability to respond to questions regarding the topics dealt with in class and discuss them fluently.



During the first semester the theory will be explained and the first application of synthèse will be made.

During the second semester students will work intensively on different kinds of texts in order to improve the technique.  

Main themes of the texts: culture and society, language, current affairs, trave, language development, soft skills, Francophonie, literature and history 



- (Connectives used to introduce, develop and conclude discourse) 

- Explicitly expressed relations

- Implicitly expressed relations


- Denotation and connotation

- Semantic networks

-  Lexical substitution

Exploring the text

- external clues

-  beginning and end of the text

-  the development of ideas

◦ formulating the gist of the text


The stages of synthèse

1. First approach to the text

2. Analysing texts through a 3 grid table

3. Drawing up a detailed plan

4. Writing the synthèse (title, introduction, development of main ideas in 2/4 paragraphs, conclusion)   


Students will listen to a variety of audio and video texts and train their listening by completing open ended questions (intensive listening) or taking notes (extensive listening). Finally they will write up a text in which the main points they heard are summed up.

The lessons will take place in the language lab. A different listening text will be presented each week.

Main themes of the listening texts: economy, current affairs, tourism, marketing, soft skills, Francophonie, communciation strategies, travel and culture


-  Verbal and non verbal language

-  Discourse structure: introduction, development, conclusion

-  Language registers

Main themes: culture and society, language, current affairs, trave, language development, soft skills, Francophonie, literature and history  (LIN-OC III)

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the language assistant in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the language assistant specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Course books


Written:  Writing of a synthèse starting from three texts (2 in French and 1 in Italian [Time: 4 hours]

Listening:  Students will listen to a recording of 3-4 minutes and then answer open questions and write a brief summary of the listening text [Time: 1 hour]

Oral test: an argumentative discussion based on an article presented by the professor.

How the test takes place:  The student must read the article shown by the professor and then present the article as well as give a personal opinion about it. The presentation must have an introduction, the development of 3 or 4 key points, and a conclusion. This will then be followed by a brief discussion of the topic. The student will have 20 minutes to read the article and plan the presentation. He/she will then be asked to give a cohesive and coherent presentation


On line library (hundreds of books, magazines, films in French and much more): http://www.medialibrary.it/home/home.asp


▪  Radio France Inter:  http://www.rfi.fr/

▪  Arte Radio: http://arteradio.com/

▪  Radio France http://www.radiofrance.fr/

▪  France Culture: https://www.franceculture.fr/



▪  TV5 MONDE: http://www.tv5monde.com 

▪  Arte : http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/plus7/?zone=europe

▪  France 24: https://www.france24.com/fr/


▪       Le Monde

▪       Courrier International

▪       Libération

▪       Les échos

▪       Le Figaro


Non attending students are advised to attend the professor’s reception hours to draw up an individual working plan.

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