French for Business (FLF3630)

StaffDr Helene Street - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLF3515/3530 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

French for Business is designed for students with a near proficient level of French who have spent a period of study / work in a country where French is spoken (such as students on a 'with European Study' programme) and/or have completed appropriate Advanced level courses (FLF3615/30 and/or FLF3715/30) or equivalent.

Please note that this module is NOT appropriate for native speakers of the language.

On completion of this module, students wll have a level equivalent to C1/C1high (as Exit level) - Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and a knowledge of French for the specific purpose of business, they will be able to:

  • review and consolidate advanced structures and vocabulary of the target language, extending these to cover specifically vocational and business-oriented topics.

  • develop the particular skills required to understand and use written and spoken French as used in general business contexts. The economic terms and concepts developed will be those encountered, for example, in non-specialist but informed publications devoted to current business affairs.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a consistent grammatical control of complex language and structures of the target language
  • 2. Read, comprehend, question and summarise a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers on business-related topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with business issues in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints
  • 3. Communicate confidently, proficiently and naturally in a range of business-related situations, both orally and in writing, and demonstrate the ability to research a specialist business topic, extracting and summarising key information from a range of written and spoken sources, and produce a written portfolio of material to a high professional standard

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate proficient levels of autonomy in language learning and ability to research a project, with minimal direction from the teacher
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including a specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Make an oral presentation confidently and articulately on a business- related topic, expanding on and responding to requests for further information from others, and hold a job interview situation in the target language
  • 7. Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriate
  • 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign business culture.

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar / topics (Note this list is only indicative):

At this level, students are expected to:

  • demonstrate a near native competence in the use of all proficient grammatical structures.
  • follow weekly French national and international business news and their global causes and consequences.
  • However, there may be remedial revision / consolidation of some fossilized grammar inacuracies as required.

This module covers the following grammar/topics (note this list is only indicative):

  • remedial revision  /consolidation of some fossilized grammar inaccuracies as required
  • various aspects of French and Francophone business-related issues and debates such as:
    • Public Sector in the French Economy and economic sectors
    • Diversity of firms, who are the entrepreneurs? How to create a firm sample of major French firms?
    • Banking services credit
    • Business Interview, work in France/The labour market, which organisation & structure? Organisational chart, Rights of the employee, Unions in France / Strikes
    • Market study Marketing and advertising, Sales, Selling abroad, economic intelligence, communication, distribution, ordering online, IT
    • Reading and writing an invoice, insurance, choosing the right insurance
    • Presenting and analysing figures
    • Stock Market
    • Firms and the environment 

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role playing, class debates and include the study of longer texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as a proficient language learner.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidate class work by learning business related vocabulary and structures and by reading, watching or listening to material from a wide range of sources in French. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write assignments and further develop a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)variable1-8Writtena & oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-Class Test (listening and text reduction)251.5 Hours1-5, 8written
Oral presentation1515-20 minutes1,3-6,8written
Oral test2512-13 minutes1, 3-6, 8written
Dossier35Consists of different components, including short summaries and an essay (1500 words) in the target language1-6, 8written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In class test (listening and text reduction)Written exam1-5, 8Referral/deferral period
Oral presentation, Oral testOral test1, 3-6, 8Referral/deferral period
DossierDossier1-6, 8Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 40%, Dossier = 35%, Written exam = 25%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

There is no coursebook for this module.  Please see ELE for recommended resources.

Recommended materials:

- Dictionary: Collins/Robert French Dictionary or Oxford/Hachette French

- Grammaire progressive du français niveau Perfectionnement avec 600 exercices, by Maïa Grégoire,

edited by Clé International

CODE ISBN: 978-2090353594

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources 

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

French for business section TV, newspaper and radio stations or shows – see recommendations of module convenor.

Available as distance learning?


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Key words search

French, business