Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Assessment:||CW 30%, EX 50%, OR 20%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
To enhance French written and oral skills within the international business context.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
* demonstrate comprehension of a variety of registers and styles of written and oral French;
* develop strategies for the analysis of language usage; express themselves in written and oral French with fluency and accuracy, with sensitivity to the needs of reader or interlocutor.
* to enhance French written and oral skills within the international business context.
Skills in precision in the use of written and spoken language, in reading advanced texts and critically judging the quality of their contents and structure, and in effective and idiomatic communication in the target language, are taught and assessed in this unit.
All classes focus on material and topics relevant to the international business context. Materials used in the unit are drawn from across a variety of registers (e.g. business, political, advertising etc.) found in French-language publications, but with reference also to English material, as well as European Union material and corporate communications. Students are encouraged to use materials and experience from their placement year in business. Exploitation of these texts and materials is aimed at increasing presentational skills within a framework of sound and well-elaborated argumentation. In addition to written communication skills, classes with the lector stimulate the development of oral communication skills.
Exercises in written communication classes include: transposition of English texts into appropriate registers for a given context, e.g. report writing, professional advice etc. commentary in French of the linguistic and situational features of text; elaboration of arguments etc; specific grammatical problems.
Exercises in oral communication (language) classes include: presentations (individual and group) on prepared topics; development of interpersonal skills required in meetings and negotiations; reports in French on business and political items from French audio-visual material; specific grammatical, phonetic or other linguistic problems.
PL30717 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies