French Bac 2022: what subjects, how is the oral?

FRENCH BAC 2022. It was this Thursday, June 16 in the afternoon that the students of Première took 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.

What are the subjects of the French baccalaureate 2022?

First year students took the anticipated French baccalaureate exams this Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here are the subjects of the French baccalaureate which fell for the general and technological baccalaureate.

French subjects for the general baccalaureate

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. In the general premiere, the candidates had the choice between:

  • The novel and the narrative from the Middle Ages to the 21st century” in text commentary, based on an excerpt from Days of Anger, by Sylvie Germain, published in 1989;
  • Poetry from the 19th century to the 21st century“in a dissertation with three subjects to choose from: one focused on Les Contemplations by Victor Hugo, the other on Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire and the last on Alcools by Guillaume Apollinaire.

French subjects for the technological baccalaureate

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. First year students in the technological stream had the choice between:

  • “The novel and the narrative from the Middle Ages to the 21st century” for the text commentary, based on an extract from Germinal, by Émile Zola
  • “The literature of ideas from the 16th to the 18th century” for the text contraction (10 points) and the essay (10 points), with three extracts to choose from, one from Gargantua, from Rabelais, the second from Characters , by La Bruyère, and the third of the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Citizen, by Olympe de Gouges.

First year students will then have to pass 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 (has been) reduced to 16 in the general track and to 9 in the technological track“. 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.

When does the French oral take place?

As it concerns the date of the French oralit depends on each academy, and generally takes place after the written French tests.

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”, but also “The Contemplations”, “The Flowers of Evil” or “Alcohol”. Are also on the program “The Red and Black”, “The False Confidences”, “Just the end of the world”, “Journey to the center of the Earth”, “Childhood”, “The Island of slaves” but also “The Sick imaginary”. 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”. Nevertheless, the works on the program written by women are still rare because there are only “The Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizens” by Olympe de Gouges, “The Princess of Cleves” by Madame de Lafayette and “Mémoires of Hadrian” by Marguerite Yourcenar. Next year, the women whose works will be studied will be two, namely Olympe de Gouges and Colette. The presence of women in the French baccalaureate program is therefore very much lower than that of men, even if a step has been taken in recent years. “Those who make the examination programs now ensure that there are women. But obviously there is still progress to be made (…) there have been positive developments (but) we tend to always revolve around the same authors”, confided to Point Françoise Cahen, high school literature teacher in Alfortville (Val-de-Marne), who had launched in 2016 a petition entitled: “To give their place to women in the programs of literature of the bac L”.

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.

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