FR3LMB-French Language for Management & Business II

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: pre-requisites: Pass in French Part 2 language module or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Veronica Heath

Email: V.Heath@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to develop and expand on the language and knowledge which students have acquired after two years of undergraduate study and a Year Abroad (or equivalent). Students will expand their knowledge of French business lexis and of principles of business practice and its socioeconomic context. They will further develop their ability to translate commercial French into the appropriate register of English. They will reinforce their ability to summarise documents and to write business reports in French and they will be able to present in oral and written form syntheses of different types of information.

Aims:

This module  aims to enable students to write at an advanced level in French on management and business topics. It also aims to develop students' skills in translating texts from and into French into English on management/business topics, writing on management/business topics and précising business material.


Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the modules, students will be expected to:
•have reinforced and expanded their lexis;
•be able to translate texts (unseen and prepared) of varied registers of commercial French and English;
•have developed their linguistic skills and commercial knowledge;
•summarise, synthesise and analyse documents relevant to business life in France;
•have developed further their skills in written and oral French.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to enable students to:
•recognise registers in French and English;
•acquire an awareness and some experience of business working practices and environments where French is used, and an acquaintance with current developments in the commercial and economic life of France/French-speaking countries and the UK;
•increase their familiarity with formal spoken French;
•express themselves clearly in writing in both English and French;
•develop their IT skills by using the internet as a source for material relating to the French business world;
•make good use of appropriate reference materials (dictionaries, grammars, etc.).

Outline content:
Students are introduced to a variety of texts of advanced difficulty covering different areas of commercial activity in the UK, France or francophone countries.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will use a variety of strategies for teaching and learning, involving a mixture of group-work, class discussion and analysis, and independent work between sessions. Students will complete regular exercises as homework and will also do a variety of exercises in class.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 15 15 2
Guided independent study 84 84
       
Total hours by term 99.00 99.00 2.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Project output other than dissertation 20
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:

Students will produce a business project (20% of final mark) and take a class test (10% of final mark)  Oral examination (10%) Three-hour written paper (60%)


Formative assessment methods:
Feedback will be given on homework tasks and assignments and there will be opportunities for class-based discussions.

Penalties for late submission:



The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    3 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Written examination only in August in the event of failure in this module and in Finals as a whole.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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