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French for Business 2 (LL251)

(Equivalent to level 6)

Summary

Level: Advanced.

Prerequisite: prior knowledge of French:

  • successful completion of Language Centre level 5 equivalent module
  • a B2.2 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference for Languages)
  • a good A level or equivalent + 1 year of further study
  • or equivalent
Main Objectives:

This module is the equivalent of a level 6 module in French at the Language Centre. The module offers a more advanced study of language structures and syntax and concentrates on using the French language to analyse and discuss aspects of the business world and economic & financial topics. This module focuses on business and economic issues, preparing students to work, study and interact in a variety of social contexts in French-speaking countries.

Successful completion of French for Business 2 qualifies students to progress to French language through Translation, French Language for Contemporary France and French Language for Enterprise.

Weighting:

30 CREDITS, also available as a 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is One weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

Students who can attend face to face Students who cannot attend face to face

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group)

+ one-hour face to face on alternate weeks (small group)

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group)

+ one-hour online synchronous on alternate weeks (small group)

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

+ online exchange with the Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Some independent study will also be set.

NB: teaching will move fully online in case of new health & safety restrictions.

 

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.

Assessment:

Term 1 - one interim test

Term 2 - one independent project + one speaking test

Term 3 - one reading/writing test

Tutor:

Claude Trégoat

Course Text (must be bought by student)

Penfornis, Jean-Luc (2017), Affaires.com - Français professionnel - Niveau B2/C1, Clé International, ISBN-13: 978-2090386820 (RRP: £24.95)

Selected texts and resources will be provided by the tutor.

Course Description

The emphasis of the module will be on improving the following skills:

  • Communicating more effectively in French in the business context, in situations ranging from informal conversation to formal interviews, negotiations or presentations
  • Developing competence in reading a variety of texts dealing with business/economic/financial issues
  • Gaining practice in producing clear, well-structured, detailed written and oral texts through the on-going analysis of business topics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Interact on a wide range of topics with a high level of language proficiency in French
  • Identify, synthesise and present complex arguments and points of view effectively in French
  • Use a wide variety of business-related terminology, complex grammatical and syntactical structures in French
  • Read and understand a variety of complex articles and business-related texts in French
  • Demonstrate a higher degree of intercultural awareness re: the French economy and business environment
  • Use strategies to work independently on an open-ended project 
  • Use strategies to communicate some information coherently and effectively to a specific audience within an open-ended project

By the end of the module, students should be able to perform at Level C1 Proficient user (operational proficiency) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Syllabus

The module is delivered in French and the syllabus will include the following:

Themes
  • Issues affecting the economy and businesses
  • Applying for a job: writing a curriculum vitae & a cover letter, and preparing for interviews
  • Revenue and taxes
  • Organisation of French companies
  • Management and leadership
  • Marketing & advertising
  • Industrial relations
Grammar

Consolidation and extension of existing language skills.

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Strategies to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in French
  • Intercultural competence
  • Communication skills: writing and oral presentation, defending one’s point of view
  • Intellectual skills: critical thinking, analysis
  • Organisational skills: independent work, time management
  • Interpersonal skills: flexibility, adaptability and the ability to work with others
  • Digital skills: online tools, online collaboration