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Business French - Language and Intercultural Communication

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Business French - Language and Intercultural Communication
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Marketing Science, Master, ASPO 01.04.2016
Module code: MAMS-514
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4V (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Written exam (90 minutes), term paper and presentation (weighting 1:1)

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MAMS-514 (P420-0014) Marketing Science, Master, ASPO 01.04.2016 , optional course
MARPF-514 (P420-0014, P450-0219, P450-0220) Accounting and Finance, Master, ASPO 01.10.2017 , optional course
MASCM-514 (P420-0014) Supply Chain Management, Master, ASPO 01.04.2016 , optional course
MASCM-514 (P420-0014) Supply Chain Management, Master, ASPO 01.04.2017 , optional course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 180 hours (equivalent to 6 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 135 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Tinnefeld
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Thomas Tinnefeld

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will:
-        have attained language skills at the B1 intermediate level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR),
-        be able to understand basic and detailed information in intermediate general language and business French texts
        be able to follow intermediate-level conversations in their own area of expertise and deal with specific communicative experiences in French business life in a receptive manner,
        be able to communicate with native speakers using the linguistic means at their disposal in such a way that they can communicate successfully in general language and business-oriented conversations,
        be able to express themselves in writing on general language and selected specialized language topics in a largely comprehensible and communicative manner,
        be able to give professionally and technically-oriented presentations and create the corresponding written materials in a linguistically appropriate manner,
        have mastered the grammar relevant for the above skills, the basic general vocabulary, parts of the advanced French vocabulary and some French business vocabulary,
        be sensitive to the intercultural characteristics of countries belonging to the francophone world and thus, be able to successfully manage important communication situations in daily (business) life and
        be capable of embracing the intercultural differences of countries belonging to the francophone world and verbally interact there, to a large extent, successfully.
-        Reading and listening comprehension texts at intermediate level

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Module content:
         Texts for listening comprehension
-        Production of relevant written French texts (e.g.
         business correspondence, e-mails, memos, curriculum vitae and letters of motivation)
-        Production of relevant oral French texts (e.g.
         telephone conversations, short reports and negotiations with a relatively narrow
         thematic focus)
-        Dealing with economic and business issues
-        Vocabulary work and specialized grammar
-        Multimedia language lab
-        Role playing and simulations with reference to business life
-        Creation of subject-related, specialized presentations
-        Awareness of interculturally relevant contexts in the French-speaking
         world (both everyday life and work)
-        Introduction to interculturally-oriented negotiation strategies

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Teaching methods/Media:
-        Presentations by the lecturer
-        Plenary discussions
-        Group discussions
-        Partner work
-        Group work phases where students tackle specific tasks
-        Multimedia language lab
-        Student presentations
-        Short talks by the students
-        Internet research

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Recommended or required reading:
-        Use of free materials compiled by the lecturer (no
-        Listening comprehension texts (audio and/or video)
-        Internet resources
-        Supplementary materials on general and/or specialized
         vocabulary and grammar

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