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LANG8008 - French Business and Arts

Title:French Business and Arts
Long Title:French Business and Arts
Module Code:LANG8008
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Languages
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Katie Power
Module Author: Sheila Walsh
Module Description: This module focuses on the consolidation of a B2 - B2+ level of the language according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It includes translation and grammar exercises on topics of international business as well as focussing on the development of knowledge and appreciation of Twentieth and Twenty First Century French Culture and Media
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Translate a range of texts in the areas of business, journalism, current affairs and literature from French into English and English into French.
LO2 Critically analyse and evaluate a variety of cultural and media materials from the Twentieth and the Twenty First century in France and francophone regions (film and media studies, visual art and short stories).
LO3 Research and examine specific aspects of contemporary Business culture in France and in Francophone regions in an effective and appropriate manner in a specified academic assignment format.
LO4 Consolidate knowledge of advanced grammatical structures necessary to consistently produce a B2 - B2+ level of language structures.
LO5 Communicate orally to a high level of competency (B2 - B2+), in topics of international business and trade and/or culture and the arts.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
1. Translation/Writing skills
Applied advanced practice in the translation of varied texts (journalistic, current affairs, business and literary) from English to French and French to English.
2. Cultural Studies
Critically analyse and discuss key aspects of French and Francophone culture and media (film studies, short stories and visual art) in the Twentieth and Twenty First Century. Evaluation of these in their socio-historical/geo-political contexts. Identification and also application of suitable research methodologies to communicate the above in academic essay format.
3. Business Studies
Examine and critically evaluate topics of contemporary business culture in France and Francophone regions. Sample topics include: exports and imports, franchises and entrepreneurial mindset.
4. Grammar
Substantial reinforcement and practical application of complex grammatical elements relevant to a B2/B2+ level of the target language (passive voice, relative clauses, consolidation of present/past subjunctive...)
5. Oral/Communication skills
Enable students to develop communication skills of a sufficient standard to: deliver effective oral presentations in a professional manner; participate in group/class discussions as required; converse individually or in a paired context to enhance fluency.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Business Presentation 1,3,4,5 30.0 Week 13
Project Cultural Analysis Project 2,3 30.0 Week 7
Other Written in-class test 1,2,3,4 40.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Grammar; translation; oral practice/presentation skills; culture and media 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Conversation classes, online review work 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Contempory literature, film, cultural and current affairs. Selected topics from recent French History. The international business sector in France and/or the Francophone world. Reading, writing, advanced grammar workshops. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Activities alternating to include: Translation workshops; working with visual media (e.g. films, contemporary media, etc.); speaking practice (group and paired discussions); listening practice and grammar exercises. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent research into Historical, cultural, literary and current affairs topics. Preparing oral and written work for assessments. Revision of topics covered in class and reviewing resources such as videos, films, literary extracts, etc. used in classes. Translation preparation. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Mitchell, Fleuranceau 2011, Pour parler affaires : Méthode de francais professionnel, Maison des langues Paris [ISBN: 9788484438564]
  • Boulares, M 2019, Grammaire progresssive du Francais: nouvelle édition, Livre avancé, 3rd Ed., CLE Paris [ISBN: 978-209-03819]
  • Francois Mauriac (translated by Gerard Hopkins 2013, Thérèse Desqueyroux (Penguin Modern Classics) [ Language:English ], Penguin Classics London [ISBN: 0141394056]
  • Leila Slimani (translated into English by Sam Taylor) 2018, Lullaby, Faber and Faber London [ISBN: 9780571337538]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Collins Dictionary 2016, Collins Robert French Dictionary Complete and Unabridged: For advanced learners and professionals, 10th Ed., Harper Collins Paris [ISBN: 9782321009023]
  • Hawkins, Towell 2015, French grammar and usage, 4th edition Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 9781138851108]
  • Evans, Godin 2014, France since 1815, 2nd Ed., Routledge New York [ISBN: 9781444177909]
  • Baker, M. 2011, In other words: a coursebook on translation, Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415467544]
  • Munday, J. 2013, Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications, Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415584890]
  • Lyons, J.D. 2010, French Literature: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press Oxford
  • Hargreaves, A.G. 2007, Multi-Ethnic France: Immigration, Politics, Culture and Society, 2nd edition Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 0415397839]
  • Camus, A. 1957, ‘L’hôte’ (the guest) from L'Exil et le royaume
  • Maupassant, G., 'La Parure' (the necklace) short story
  • Rachedi, M. 2006, 'Le poids d’une âme' (the weight of a soul), J C. Lattes Paris [ISBN: 9782709628457]
  • Conklin, Fishman, Zaretsky 2011, France and its Empire since 1870, Oxford Univeristy Press Oxford [ISBN: 9780199735181]
  • John Ardagh 2005, France Today, Fifth Ed., Penguin London [ISBN: 01401.00989]
  • Stuart Williams and Nathalie McAndrew-Cazorla 1996, Manual of Business French, First Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 0415 12901-X]
  • Anna Gavalda 1999, Je Voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part, First Ed., J'ai lu Paris [ISBN: 978-2-290-31178-3]
  • Eugene O Sullivan 1993, Pas a pas en Francais, Folens Dublin [ISBN: 0 861214684]
  • Yasmina Reza 2002, Art, Magnard Paris [ISBN: 978 2 210 75447 8]
  • Leila Slimani 2016, Chanson Douce, Gallimard Paris [ISBN: 978-207276492]
  • Francois Mauriac 1928, Therese Desqueyroux, Paris
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBUSS_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) 2 Elective
CR_BBADM_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business Administration 2 Elective
CR_BIBLA_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language 8 Group Elective 1
CR_BMRKT_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Marketing 8 Elective
CR_FTRSM_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Tourism Management 8 Elective

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