French for Business - FREN5920

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Fiona Symes checkmark-circle


Students will be introduced to the francophone business environment and will learn to be operational in such a context. As well as learning about essential aspects of companies and specific features of the French language encountered in such an environment, students will broaden their knowledge of current events and economic issues through the use of a dossier of contemporary texts/articles, which will be exploited in a variety of ways: résumé (précis-writing), analyse de document (questions about the text), or free composition. In terms of key skills, business skills and language skills, this module encourages the practice of meticulous accuracy.

Students will develop their confidence in the use of specialised terminology and appropriate register in a professional context.

As an option, students may register for the Diplôme de français professionnel Affaires B2 (DFP Affaires B2) of the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris Ile-de-France (CCIP). The syllabus of FR592 closely follows some of the pedagogical requirements of the business French programme of the CCIP.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Written assignment 1 (400 words) – 35%
Written assignment 2 (500 words) – 45%
Small group Presentation (20 minutes) – 20%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Function confidently in French on a social and professional level within a general professional context and be confident to undertake further professional training;
2 Communicate effectively in writing and orally in everyday situations in a professional context, including producing summaries/précis of business or economic texts (Common European Framework of Reference indicative level: B2/C1);
3 Understand and accurately use an extended vocabulary and specialised forms of expression and register of the contemporary French business context.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate and work as part of a team on a research and presentation project;
2 Problem solve by undertaking independent research in the library collections and using appropriate academic databases online;
3 Demonstrate transferable skills necessary for employment at the appropriate level in the target language: oral and written communication, marshalling information and being able to summarise it, playing an active role in meetings and other professional events.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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