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French for Business Purposes

French for Business Purposes

Code: FRE2LF001
Extent: 6 ECTS (156 h)
Timing: Semester 3
Language: French (and English)
Level: Joint Professional Studies (Language studies A2/B1)
Type: Optional

Prerequisites

The student has  completed the courses French for Beginners or equivalent. Student has solid basic knowledge in general structures and vocabulary in French.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • is able to discuss familiar topics in general and work situations
  • got acquainted with business terminology in French
  • has deepened his/her oral and writing skills
  • writes and reads everyday life and business related simple texts, e.g., simple magazines & newspapers articles, mails, invitations, etc.
  • has developed awareness of the cultural differences between his/her culture and the Francophone’s culture.
  • has prepared himself/herself for a future working life in one of the French speaking countries.
  • has broadened the international aspects of his/her studies.
  • has reached the language level A2/B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Contents

The course aims at providing students with more advanced language tools which will enable them to communicate in both general and work-related situations. The purpose of the course is also to introduce students to French working and business life. Students will become familiar with ordinary situations in business, such as company presentations and presenting products. They will practice their oral and written skills in order to cope with business communication.

  • Pronunciation
  • Review of the basics and advanced structures of the French language
  • Vocabulary and structures for general and business communication
  • Writing skills for both general and business basic texts
  • Active participation in business situations
  • Communication skills for oral presentation of business-related subjects.

Cooperation with the business community

Company visits and guest lectures.

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups and company cooperation.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons
Role-play
Listening comprehension and oral exercises
Structural exercises
CD, DVD, magazines, newspapers
Assignments
Self-assessment of  learning assignment (1 h)

Accreditation of prior learning

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teacher with the main responsibility of the course

Laurianne Bellotti

Course materials

In Moodle, based on various books and on the teacher’s material.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning outcomes

1 (Min. 50%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student is fairly acquainted with more advanced language tools (vocabulary and structures) which will enable them to communicate in both general and work-related situations and with business terminology in French. He/she is fairly familiar with ordinary situations in business, e.g. phone and business letters. The student is fairly acquainted with more advanced language tools (vocabulary and structures) which will enable them to communicate in both general and work-related situations and with business terminology in French. He/she is fairly familiar with ordinary situations in business, e.g. phone and business letters. The student is fairly acquainted with more advanced language tools (vocabulary and structures) which will enable them to communicate in both general and work-related situations and with business terminology in French. He/she is fairly familiar with ordinary situations in business, e.g. phone and usiness letters.
Skills The student has fairly deepened his/her oral and writing skills. He/she is fairly able to discuss familiar topics in general and work situations. He/she writes and reads fairly everyday life and business related simple texts, e.g., simple magazines & newspapers articles, mails, invitations, etc. He/she has fairly developed awareness of the cultural differences between his/her culture and the Francophone’s culture. He/she has fairly prepared himself/herself for a future working life in one of the French speaking countries. He/she has fairly broadened the international aspects of his/her studies. The student has well deepened his/her oral and writing skills He/she is well able to discuss familiar topics in general and work situations. He/she writes and reads well everyday life and
business related simple texts, e.g., simple magazines & newspapers articles, mails, invitations, etc. He/she has well developed awareness of the cultural differences between his/her culture and the Francophone’s culture.
He/she has well prepared himself/herself for a future working life in one of the
French speaking countries.
He/she has well broadened
the international aspects of his/her studies.
The student has very well deepened his/her oral and writing skills. He/she is very well able to discuss familiar topics in general and work situations. He/she writes and reads very well everyday life and business related simple texts, e.g., simple magazines & newspapers articles, mails, invitations, etc. He/she has very
well developed awareness
of the cultural differences
between his/her culture and
the Francophone’s culture.
He/she has very well prepared himself/herself for a future
working life in one of the French speaking countries.
He/she has very well
broadened the international
aspects of his/her studies.
Competence The student has fairly reached the language level A2/B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. He/she can fairly understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
He/she can fairly produce simple connected text or speech on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. He/she can fairly describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.
The student has well reached the language level A2/B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. He/she can well understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. He/she can well produce simple connected text or
speech on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. He/she can well describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.
The student has very well reached the language level A2/B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. He/she can very well understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. He/she can very well produce simple connected text or speech on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. He/she can very well describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Active participation 20%
Exam 30%
Written assignment + oral presentation 50%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.