FR 353 Business French I
An initiation into the language skills for use in business situations in a French-speaking environment. A conversational approach with systematic oral and written practice from authentic documents.
Help student acquire the basic terminology for common everyday life business/economics function pertaining to a global perspective within a francophone environment. Student will learn to express themselves and to write with clarté et précision, using the appropriate formulation and concise maturity of professionalism.
The course will develop around three complementary activities: (1) A general view on commercial life and the fundamental activities of the enterprise (material read and commented in class; assigned exercises); (2) initiation to commercial correspondence (letter writing); (3) case studies and analysis of French enterprises from audio-visual documents (in class, group exercises); (4) a final examination consisting in solving two enterprise activity problems and writing a commercial letter.
R.-J. Berg, Parlons affaires! Thompson-Heinle, Boston, 1999.
Claude Le Ninan, Le français des affaires, Didier/Hatier, Paris, 1993.
Attendance & participation 20%
Enterprise activities exercises 20%
Final examination 20%