French for Business - FREN5920

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring 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

Method of assessment

Assignment 1 (500 words) – 25%
Assignment 2 (400 words) – 35%
Group Presentation (20 minutes) – 20%
Sur Table In-Course Test (45 minutes) – 20%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Cloose, E. (2012), Le français du monde du travail, Presses universitaires de Grenoble.
Penfornis, Jean-Luc (2012),, CLE International.
Penfornis, J.-L. (2004), Vocabulaire progressif du français des affaires, CLE International.
The Collins/Robert or Oxford/Hachette French-English, English-French Dictionary.
Hawkins R. & Towell R. (2015), French Grammar and Usage, Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Function confidently in French on a social and professional level within a general professional context and be confident to undertake further professional training;
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);
Understand and accurately use an extended vocabulary and specialised forms of expression and register of the contemporary French business context;


  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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