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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: FRE3018
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MARLEY D Dr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Portfolio and presentation
Extended essay (2500-3000 words)

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module
Module Overview
This is a level 3 module for French. It is taught in the target language over Autumn semester, two contact hours per teaching week. Attendance is compulsory.
Successful completion of Level 2 French modules or equivalent
Module Aims

The module will provide students with: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of France’s major economic aspects, the context of business of contemporary France.
  • Improved awareness of the importance of working in Modern French society
  • Vocabulary and concepts necessary to read, write and debate economic themes in French.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will:

  • be able to understand and reflect on the material being studied
  • be able to evaluate critically business documents
  • be able to extract linguistic and cultural aspects from the texts under examination
  • be able to appreciate the importance of the impact of economy in French society
Module Content
All the parties involved in economic life
Economy of France

France in the economic world
Sectors of the French economy
Foreign trade
Role of the State
Evolution of working environment in 21st century
Case studies
Types of companies
Multinationals, small and medium-sized industries
Organization charts
French workplace culture
Gender differences at work
Organisational behaviour
Labour Law
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Two contact hours per week in the first semester
Interactive Lectures/Seminars: students will be expected to participate in class discussions.
Selected Texts/Journals
Texts will be chosen from the following list:

News documents
J-l Penfornis, 2004,, CLE International
S.Talneau, 2005, On vous rappellera, Hachette
C.Maier, 2004, Bonjour paresse, Michalon
E.Hall, 1984, Le langage silencieux, Points Essais
J-B. Nadeau, J.Barlow, 2003, Pas si fous, ces Français !, Editions du seuil
P.Platt, 1997, French or foe, Culture Crossings Ltd
F.Duquesne, 2003, Droit du travail, Gualino editeur
Regards sur l’actualité n°324, October 2006, La documentation française, Paris,2006
J-F. Eck,2006, La France dans la nouvelle économie mondiale, PUF
D. Martina, 1999, L’économie de la France, Nathan
R.Perès, 2005, La France : Histoire, Géographie, Politique, Economie, Vie quotidienne, Vuibert
R.Goscinny, A.Uderzo, 1976, Obélix et compagnie, Albert René
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