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FRE2016 : French for Business

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Laurent Binet
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in SML, this module will:
-       build on language skills gained at Stage 1,
-       introduce students to specialised business French language,
-       provide students with an ability to develop a level of spoken and written proficiency in professional
and academic environments,
-       introduce students to basic key concepts in business and to the francophone business environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module, taught in the target language, will introduce students to the francophone business environment and to basic key concepts in business.

The key concepts studied will include the organisation of a company and its main business strategies with a particular focus on internationalisation, marketing, communication, human resources and crisis management.
The francophone business environment will be studied.
A practical approach will be favoured based on authentic case studies of important multinational companies such as L’Oréal, LVMH, EDF, TotalEnergies, Renault…
Specific topics and materials will be provided by the lecturer.

Written and spoken exercises, analysis and commentaries of authentic francophone business materials will be practised throughout, preparing students for specialised communication in the target language.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Lectures will be given in the target language.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities222:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops221:0022:00Workshops will mostly take place in the target language.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study531:0053:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will be given in the target language and will provide students with the key knowledge on the francophone business environment and basic key concepts in business.
The workshops will provide students with the opportunity to discuss the knowledge presented in the lectures. They will introduce, model and offer guidance on the skills that students are required to practice during the course (commentary writing of business materials, preparation of poster presentation…)
Group work will offer students an opportunity to work in small groups (in the target language) under close supervision of the lecturer and will focus on the skills listed in the outline syllabus.

Teaching will be mostly in the target language.

Work requirements:
-       researching materials for the poster presentation and discussion
-       writing critical analysis of business materials in the target language

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50The written exam will take place in the target language and will consist of a commentary of business materials.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster2M50Half of the mark will be based on poster, the other half on a 10 min presentation of poster to be given in class in target language.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MThis exercise will help students to prepare for the final written exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The students abilities are assessed by means of a written examination in order to ensure that the students’ output is produced in identical conditions and is their own work.
The poster presentation will be completed in pairs and will test the students’ ability to present their work orally in the target language.

Reading Lists