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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2003


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33225 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
BAT 215

Course Description

Development of the ability to function in French in business-related situations, both orally and in writing. Taught in French. The objective is to introduce students to the two main requirements for successfully conducting business in French: savoir-faire (the technical, cultural and practical aspects of business in France) and savoir-dire (the vocabulary and structures needed to communicate in a business setting). The methods will consist of the following: the basic text for the course will provide us with a wealth of practical current information, specialized vocabulary and exercises designed to promote the acquisition of the fundamentals of business French as outlined by the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris. In addition to the basic text, simulations role-playing, case studies, the study of authentic documents and class lectures will all be used to advance both knowledge and skills in areas such as preparing a resume, communicating by phone, fax and letter, understanding the main sectors of the French economy, and matters concerning banking, advertising, communications, marketing, and other topics of interest to businesses and individuals.

Grading Policy

Exams (3 full-period exams)= 30% Quizzes (frequent short quizzes=30% Written homework=30% (as all assignments will be quite short, no late homework will be accepted) Participation in class projects=10% Final Exam: No

Optional: Exam for certification by la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris. Details concerning this exam will be given in class.


Berg, R.J. Parlons affaires, ist Edition, 1998, ITP, ISBN: 0-03-022528-0, required Hawkins, French Grammar and Usage. 1st Edition, 2001, MCG, ISBN: 0-658-01798-5, required Oxford, Compact Oxford Hachette French Dictionary, 1st Ed., 1995, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0-19-864535-X, optional


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