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French Business Communication

French Business Communication

Code: FRE2LF002
Extent:  3 ECTS (78 h)
Timing: Semester 4
Language: French
Level: Joint Professional Studies (Language studies B1/B2)
Type: Optional

Prerequisites

The student has successfully completed the course FRE2LF001  French for Business Purposes.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • got acquainted with business terminology in French
  • has deepened the oral and writing skills
  • is able to interact with French speakers in general and work situations, and in both written and oral   forms
  • has developed interpersonal skills in French communication situations
  • is able to write business-related documents in French
  • 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 B1/B2 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

The purpose of this course is to enable students to handle French business communication in writing and orally. Students will become familiar with ordinary situations in business such as meetings, products presentations and discussions about various subjects. They will practice their oral and written skills in order to cope with business communication.

  • Pronunciation
  • Advanced structures used administratively or at work
  • Specialized vocabulary
  • Tools for various work situations
  • Writing skills for business related texts
  • Communication skills for oral business situations

Cooperation with the business community

Real business based examples and cases, guest speakers, company visits as appropriate.

International dimension

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

Accreditation of prior learning

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

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons
Role-play
Comprehension and oral exercises
DVD
Assignments
Self-assessment of  learning assignment (1 h)

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course

Laurianne Bellotti

Course materials

Provided by the teacher

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student is fairly familiar with business terminology and structures used in work related documents. He/she is fairly familiar with business culture in French speaking countries. The student is well familiar with business terminology and structures used in work related documents. He/she is well familiar with business culture in French speaking countries. The student is very well familiar with business terminology and structures used in work related documents. He/she is very well familiar with business culture in French speaking countries.
Skills The student has fairly deepened his/her oral and writing skills in the specific context of working life. He/she has fairly developed his/her interpersonal skills in French communication situation. The student has fairly prepared himself/herself for getting a job in one of the French speaking countries. He/she has fairly deepened the international aspects of his/her studies.

 

The student has well deepened his/her oral and writing skills in the specific context of working life. He/she has well developed his/her interpersonal skills in French communication situations. The student has well prepared himself/herself for getting a job in one of the French speaking countries. He/she has well deepened the international aspects of his/her studies. The student has very well deepened his/her oral and writing skills in the specific context of working life. He/she has very well developed his/her interpersonal skills in French communication situations. The student has very well prepared himself/herself for getting a job in one of the French speaking countries. He/she has very well deepened the international aspects of his/her studies.
Competence The student has reached the language level A2- B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student is fairly able to interact with French speakers in general and work situations. He/she is fairly able to write simple business-related documents in French. He/she is fairly able to engage himself/herself in situations of customer service. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has reached the language level A2- B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student is well able to interact with French speakers in general and work situations. He/she Is well able to write simple business-related documents in French. He/she is well able to engage himself/herself in situations of customer service. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has reached the language level B1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student is very well able to interact with French speakers in general and work situations. He/she Is very well able to write simple business-related documents in French. He/she is very well able to engage himself/herself in situations of customer service. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Active participation 20%
Continuous assessment: Meeting 40%, Individual presentations 40%

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.