Lake Superior State University

FR 354 Business French II

Winter 2005

Course Description:


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 four 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 correspondance (letter writing); (3) case studies and analysis of French enterprises from audio-visual documents (in class, group exercises); (4) a visit to a French speaking enterprise in Ontario (Canada) and the writing of an extensive report related to its activities.




                                                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%

                                                            Correspondance                                               20%

                                                            Case-studies                                                     20%

                                                            Field trip to Canada and report                       20%







Disability Services and Accommodation for Students:


              In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available.  Students who desire such services are to meet with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to discuss their disability-related needs.  Students will not receive services until they register with the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD).  Proper registration will enable the RCSD to verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations.  RCSD is located in South Hall Office 206.  The telephone number is (906) 635-2454.


Academic Misconduct:


              Scholastic misconduct may be cause for a failing grade, and information may be placed about the incident in the student’s permanent file in the Office of Academic Affairs.  Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on assignments or examinations, plagiarizing, misrepresenting work, or interfering with someone else’s work.


                                                                                                Instructor:       Dr. Marcel E. Pichot

                                                                          Office:             Library 318

                                                                          Hours: Wednesdays 9-12 then 1:00-2:00

                                                                          Telephone:      (906) 635-2118