|Assessment length / details
|Written Assigment Translation 300 Words
|Oral Presentation (1 x 10-minute oral presentation in French to show knowledge of a chosen theme taught in the module. The content of the oral presentation must show new material and not repeat material covered in the lectures and seminars. The mark of the essay will be based on content and language @ 50% each) 15 Minutes
|Written Assessment 2 (1 X 1,000-word essay in French to show knowledge of a chosen theme taught in the module. Written communication, organisation, research, knowledge of field.
|Presentation/Written assessment 1 and 2 Resubmit or re-sit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Acquire a basic stock of commercial and business French terminology and know the equivalents in English
Analyse in a critical manner French issues in the field of business and economics
Develop sophisticated oral structures and the skills for making oral presentations in French
Translate business and commercial texts from French into English with a high degree of fluency recognising the special requirements of such translations
Feel more comfortable in commercial and business situations in French, whether dealing with them orally or in writing
Have a grasp of the French business environment and the skills which are required to be competitive in the French employment market via the study of particular themes, translations, writing a CV and a covering letter in French
The main emphasis will fall on writing and speaking in sophisticated French and the acquisition of the ability to translate from French into English. The course will provide the students with a broad linguistic basis on which to build any future study of a more commercial nature.
The continuous assessment will be in the target language. Content and language in the continuous assessment (oral and written) will be equally weighted 50% each.
This module should enable students to have a grasp of the French business environment and the skills which are required to be competitive in the French employment market via the study of particular themes, translations, writing a CV and a covering letter in French and being prepared towards the Year Abroad. This module is open to all students but it is of particular relevance to students of Management and Business, Tourism, Law and International Politics. In addition this module will help students greatly in preparing their Year Abroad and finding a suitable Year Abroad dissertation title.
1. General lecture on the various French industry sectors
2. Why is France an attractive country for businessmen and investors?
3. What makes France the number-one tourist destination in the world?
4. The wine industry
5. The film industry
6. Travelling and TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse)
7. Intercultural awareness
8. Export and international business
9. Understanding the labour market in France: applying for jobs (job adverts, CVs, covering letters)
10. Professional life in France, Belgium and Quebec
1. Appraisal on the first 4 topics
2. Presentation of research work by students
3. Oral presentations of particular topics arising from previous study
4. Revision and feedback
|Application of Number
|Students will be taught the differences between writing numbers in French and English, to analyse statistical data and produce research findings which contain numbers, figures, etc.
|Students will be expected to communicate in seminars and to present group findings, as well as to write at an appropriate level in assignments.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Students will be able to observe the improvement in their own competence in handling high-level information and data.
|Some data which will be discussed is available on-line. Students will be taught how to select suitable and reliable on-line sources of information.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Through this module, students are encouraged to plan for their Year Abroad (how to look for a job in France, write a CV and a covering letter in French, have a job interview in French). These skills also help students to plan ahead for their future careers.
|Students will be expected to address and resolve various problems posed by the comparative study of statistical and economic data.
|Students will be required to find, analyse and use source materials (primary and secondary).
|Subject Specific Skills
|Studetns will be taught properly how to approach and understand the French world of business.
|Students will be expected to work in groups, to present (jointly) group findings to seminars, and to develop team skills in dividing up work and organising it.
This module is at CQFW Level 5