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French for Business 1 (LL250)

(Equivalent to level 5)

Summary

Level: Advanced.

Prerequisite: prior knowledge of French.

  • B2.1 of CEFR (to be finalised at diagnostic interview)
  • or a high grade at A-level
  • or equivalent in International Baccalaureate
  • or Language Centre French 4 or Intermediate Accelerated
  • or equivalent
Main Objectives:

This module is the equivalent of a level 5 module in French at the Language Centre. It will strengthen reading and writing skills and reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the French language. It will focus on understanding French social, economic and political issues to enable students to engage with native speakers when visiting a French-speaking country and/or in a French speaking work environment.

Successful completion of French for Business 1 qualifies students to progress to a level 6 module (e.g. French for Business 2, French language through Films, French through Translation.)

Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 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

Term 3 - one reading/writing test + one speaking test

Tutor:

Claude Trégoat

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

P. Shannon, P. Turk & G. Garcia Vandaele (2018), Action Grammaire - Fourth edition, Hodder Education, ISBN-13: 978-1-5104-3486-8 (RRP: £20.99)

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 effectively in situations ranging from informal conversation to a formal interview or presentation
  • Writing essays and formal, transactional, non personal emails in French
  • Reading and understanding business-related texts
  • Self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses in order to improve learning skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have:

  • Consolidated and expand grammatical and syntactical competence
  • Expanded their use of business terminology
  • Gained experience in interacting with fluency and spontaneity to be able to take part in discussions
  • Written formal, transactional and analytical texts on business topics
  • Read and understood a variety of articles and business-related texts
  • Further awareness and appreciation of French economic activity, social issues, history and culture
  • Developed strategies to work independently on an open-ended project 
  • Developed 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 B2.2 Independent user (vantage) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Syllabus

Themes

Activities will be centred on non-literary texts and audio-visual material focusing on the following themes:

  • l'éducation supérieure
  • le monde du travail
  • les 30 glorieuses et les 40 désastreuses
  • politique économique
  • la France dans le monde
  • consommation et révolution du capitalisme
  • politique et institutions
  • les nouvelles technologies dans l'entreprise
  • films et documentaires à dimension sociale
Grammar

Consolidation of major elements, such as:

  • gender
  • all tenses
  • hypotheses
  • passive voice
  • direct & indirect object pronouns
  • relative pronouns
  • conjunctions
Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Strategies to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in French
  • 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