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:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Veronica Heath

Email: V.Heath@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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. 



Students may also undertake an academic placement, through which they will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills gained in studying for this module in a professional context outside the University.


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 50
Project output other than dissertation 25
Oral assessment and presentation 15
Class test administered by School 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

2 hours


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will produce a business project (25% of final mark) and take a class test (10% of final mark) Oral examination (15%) Two-hour written paper (50%).



One piece of assessment worth no more than 50% of the module mark can be replaced by a report produced after an academic placement. The placement must be agreed in advance by the module convenor; the length of the report is to be equivalent to standard departmental practice for coursework. 


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:


Assessment requirements for a pass:
40%

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment, which will be via a 2-hour written exam, in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole. Continuous assessment and/or coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more.


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: 20 April 2018

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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