French baccalaureate: written, oral, works, how many texts?

FRENCH BAC 2022. It is this Thursday, June 16 that the students of Première take the written French tests. For the oral, the number of texts is reduced to 16 in the general route and to 9 in the technological route. Dates, course and times of the tests.

The pupils of Première also prepare for the first examinations of the baccalaureate, with the French bac test which begins with a written test on June 16, then an oral test. Good news this year:in order to take into account the effects of the health situation on the schooling of pupils, the number of texts to be presented orally will be reduced to 16 in the general route and to 9 in the technological route. Indeed, this test is part of one of the major adjustments to the baccalaureate announced by the Ministry of National Education for the 2022 session.

What are the dates of the French baccalaureate in 2022?

This year, the advance written French tests take place this Thursday afternoon, June 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. As it concerns the date of the French oralit depends on each academy, and generally takes place after the written French tests.

The written French exams for the general baccalaureate relate to a text commentary or an essay. The test lasts 4 hours and is marked out of 20 points. The tests for the technological baccalaureate relate to a commentary or a contraction of a text followed by a test. The test lasts 4 hours and is marked out of 20 points, or 10 points + 10 points.

The French oral test for the general and technological baccalaureatewhich takes place following the written tests, consists of two parts, with beforehand, 30 minutes preparation time. During the first part of the test (12 minutes), the student prepares the text retained by the examiner and offers a reading aloud, then offers a linear explanation of a passage of about twenty lines. He will also have to answer a grammar question on the chosen text. During the second part of the oral French test, the student is invited to present the work he has chosen from among those studied in class (duration 8 minutes). The first part of the oral test is marked out of 12 points, the second out of 8 points.

How many oral French texts?

In order to take into account the effects of the health situation on the schooling of pupils, the number of texts to be presented orally is reduced this year to 16 instead of 20 in the general track and to 9 texts instead of 12 in the technological trackaccording to the following breakdown:

  • At least 3 texts including 2 excerpts from a work studied and 1 text for the course within the framework of the subject of study “Literature of ideas”;
  • At least 1 text, from the chosen work or from the course, for each of the 3 other subjects of study.

What works on the program of the French baccalaureate 2022?

Among the texts studied this year are: “Gargantua”, “The Characters”, the “Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizens” but also “The Contemplations”, “The Flowers of Evil” or “Alcohols”. Also on the program are “The Princess of Clèves”, “The Red and Black”, “Memoirs of Hadrian”, “False Confidences”, “Just the end of the world”, “Journey to the center of the Earth”, ” Childhood”, “The Island of Slaves” but also “The Imaginary Invalid”. The students will work on “the literature of ideas from the 16th century to the 18th century”, “Poetry from the 19th century to the 21st century”, “The novel and the narrative from the Middle Ages to the 21st century” and “The theater from the 17th century to the 21st century”.

French baccalaureate: what is the coefficient?

The advance French tests at the end of first year have a coefficient of 5 in writing, and 5 in speaking.

What were the subjects of the French baccalaureate in 2021?

A few days before the oral, the students of Première Générale and Technologie worked on their written French. The general series was able to choose between four different topics: a text commentary and three dissertations, all multiplied by two depending on the courses studied during the year. Students could comment on an excerpt from the novel Things by George Pérec for the theme “The novel and the narrative from the Middle Ages to the 21st century”. They could also write about “Poetry from the 19th century to the 21st century” with three different topics:

  • “In the preface to Contemplation, Victor Hugo describes his collection as a mirror held up to readers. How does this image reflect your reading of the first four books in the collection?
  • “Baudelaire has been criticized for “painting everything, laying bare everything” in his collection The evil flowers. What do you think ?”
  • “Does the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire invent itself by rejecting the past?”

The second text commentary concerned the poem “The old station of Cahors” by Valéry Larbaud. There were also three dissertation proposals between the theater from the 17th century to the 21st century:

  • “The comedy The imaginary patientis it a spectacle of pure fantasy?”
  • “In False Confidences of Marivaux, is the theatrical stratagem only a comic spring?”
  • “Would you say that Jean-Luc Lagarce’s play Just the end of the world is an intimate drama?

As for First Technological students, they had the choice between 4 subjects: a commentary on an excerpt from the novel The promise of dawn by Romain Gary or a contraction of text and an essay around these three subjects:

  • For the course “Our world has just found another”: contraction of the text “The discovery of America” ​​by Tzvetan Todorov and essay on “How to overcome the obstacles that prevent different cultures from meeting?
  • For the course “Imagination and thought in the 17th century”: contraction of the text “Books have power” by Eloïse Lhérété and essay on “Does the imagination distance us from the world or does it allow us to better understand it ?”
  • For the course “Voltaire, spirit of the Lights: contraction of the text “Lights. Can we educate the people?” by Antoine Lilti and essay on “Do we only learn to think by reading books?”

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