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COURSE INFORMATION Instructor: Florence Miquel Email: [email protected] Office Hours Location: SH226D Office Hours Times: Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am and by appointment.

Class Days: T/TH Class Times: 12:30- 1:45pm Class Location: SSW2500

Course Overview and Students’ Learning Goals and Outcomes 

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FR423 is a survey of French business practices and language. The goal of this class is to provide learners with the linguistic and cultural means to conduct business in a French-speaking country. To do so we will go over a number of topics related to French business. You will improve your mastery of reading strategies and acquire new vocabulary. You will demonstrate your reading and listening proficiency through exposure to a variety of French media. French 423 also gives you opportunities to develop your writing proficiency, as well as your speaking proficiency through class discussions and assignments. You will also be able to make comparisons between your culture/s and French culture by analyzing significant differences between home culture and French culture. You will also able to recognize varieties of French language and discuss an aspect of contemporary France or a Francophone nation. You will analyze and interpret key cultural issues within their historical, socio-economic, political or geographical context. Finally you will be able to identify and explain issues of ethnic, social and gender diversity in France and Francophone nations.

Description FR423 is taught entirely in French. During this semester you will develop a more refined understanding of French business. You will gain more exposure to the French press. You will increase your vocabulary and acquire more idiomatic structures pertaining to business. You will learn how to conduct basic business practices. You will have the opportunity to practice your speaking and listening skills through discussion, oral presentations, and role play. You will have group activities at some point in the semester. You will develop your writing skills through translation, article summaries and various activities. By the end of the semester you will have a better understanding of the French business environment. You will also be exposed to practices from other French speaking countries which will enable you to have a more global approach of the Francophone world. We will be using Amy Hubbell’s textbook A la recherche d’un emploi: Business French in a Communicative Context. You will also receive documents in class and/or on SDSU Blackboard.

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Workload and Expectations You are expected to come prepared to class. This implies doing the assignments before class as well as reviewing the course content. Work will include written applications to what has been covered in class. You will also have 2 short oral presentations and a group project. Tests will include quizzes, 2 exams and a twohour final. You must check the course program regularly and keep yourself informed by contacting your instructor and/or your classmates. All assignments must be typed. Prerequisite and Enrollment Information  

Prerequisite: FR301 must have been completed. If not, you need to take an evaluation test. DROPS: Students who do not attend the first two class sessions or who do not meet the prerequisites MAY BE DROPPED FROM THAT COURSE BY THE INSTRUCTOR. It is the student’s responsibility to keep a current e-mail address on file through the e-services WebPortal at To reenroll, you must receive an add code form the instructor and reenroll in the course by the add/drop deadline. LAST DAY TO ADD/DROP CLASSES or change grading basis: February 3rd.

Course Materials Required Materials (including all acceptable text editions)  

Required: Hubbell, Amy L., A la recherche d’un emploi: Business French in a Communicative Context. Newburyport, MA: Focus/ Pullins, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-58510-372-0. Recommended: - Business French (Harper Collins, 1992) - French French dictionary (free) For further reading:  DAFA: dictionnaire d’apprentissage du Francais des Affaires  Dictionnaire de l'économie / sous la dir. de Pierre Bezbakh et Sophie Gherardi ; préf. de JeanMarie Colombani, Larousse (Paris), "Le Monde" (Paris), 2000; s+la+dir.langEN  French Press :,,,,,,  French Radio :  French TV:;;;;;

Course Assessment and Grading Présence, préparation et participation 15% Devoirs 20% Quizzes 15%

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Examens 30% Examen final 20% Grades are defined as follow A/A-

Outstanding achievement; available only for the highest accomplishment.


Praiseworthy performance; above average.


Slightly above average.


Average; satisfactory performance; the most common undergraduate grade.


Slightly below average.


Minimally passing; less than the typical undergraduate achievement.




Incomplete Authorized: used only when the instructor concludes that a small, identifiable portion of course requirements cannot be met within the academic term for unforeseen, but valid reasons. A grade of "INC" may NOT be assigned to permit a student to avoid an undesirable grade.


Withdrawal Unauthorized: a student who is officially registered for the course but who has never attended or who has stopped attending after satisfactorily completing a portion of the course will receive a grade of "WU." A "WU" counts as an "F" for grade-point averages, but may be removed by repeating the course


Credit/No Credit: Work equivalent to C or above will result in a grade of CR; work equivalent to C- or below will result in NC.

Class Preparation Criteria “A” comes to class and arrives on time with textbook, paper and pen every day; initiates and maintains meaningful interaction during class time; shows leadership in group activities; avoids using English in discussions and group activities; makes an effort to ask questions in French; is always prepared; attempts to use complete sentences and elaborate on answers. Attention = 100%: Keeps phone, etc. stowed in bag, NOT on desk. “B” shows willingness to participate; cooperates fully in discussions and group activities although may not necessarily be the leader; answers readily when called upon; elaborates somewhat on answers. “C” participates more passively than actively in class and group activities; occasionally resorts to use of English; gives slightly elaborated answers; is not always fully prepared for class sometimes due to absences. “D” seldom participates actively or engages in idle “chit-chat” with classmates; generally doesn’t cooperate in activities (resorts frequently to English); commits many errors and makes little effort to correct him/herself; is often absent and/or tardy and/or frequently when asked questions. “F” is unprepared and rarely participates in class activities (sometimes due to excessive absences, chronic tardiness, etc.); is not able to answer questions and almost never uses French.

The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus.

--Please be courteous to your classmates and your instructor during the class time by SILENCING all electronic devices before entering the class, and not using them during class time. Accommodations The learning environment should be accessible to all. SDSU provides reasonable accommodations in the following situations: 

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Disability: If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class, it is your responsibility to contact Student Disability Services at (619) 594-6473. To avoid any delay in the receipt of your accommodations, you should contact Student Disability Services as soon as possible. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive, and that accommodations based upon disability cannot be provided until you have presented your instructor with an accommodation letter from Student Disability Services. Your cooperation is appreciated. Religion: By the end of the second week of classes, students should notify the instructors of affected courses of planned absences for religious observances. Official university activities (e.g., Athletics): Within the first two weeks of classes, a student who expects to be part of an official university event or activity shall notify the instructors of affected courses. At that time, the student shall request accommodation for any missed examinations or other assignments. If scheduling changes occur, the student shall immediately notify the instructors.

Academic Honesty The University adheres to a strict policy regarding cheating and plagiarism. These activities will not be tolerated in this class. Become familiar with the policy ( Any cheating or plagiarism will result in failing this class and a disciplinary review by Student Affairs. Examples of Plagiarism include but are not limited to:  Using sources verbatim or paraphrasing without giving proper attribution (this can include phrases, sentences, paragraphs and/or pages of work)  Copying and pasting work from an online or offline source directly and calling it your own  Using information you find from an online or offline source without giving the author credit  Replacing words or phrases from another source and inserting your own words or phrases  Submitting a piece of work you did for one class to another class If you have questions on what is plagiarism, please consult the policy ( and this helpful guide from the Library: ( Cheating and Plagiarism Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses. You are plagiarizing or cheating if you:

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for written work, copy down or cut anything from a book, article or website and add or paste it into your paper without using quotation marks and providing the full reference for the quotation, including page number for written work, summarize / paraphrase in your own words ideas you got from a book, article, or the web without providing the full reference for the source, including page number for an oral presentation, copy down or cut anything from a book, article, or website and present it orally as if it were your own words. You must summarize and paraphrase in your own words, and bring a list of references in case the professor asks to see it use visuals or graphs you got from a book, article, or website without providing the full reference for the picture or table recycle a paper you wrote for another class turn in the same (or a very similar paper) for two classes purchase or otherwise obtain a paper and turn it in as your own work copy off of a classmate use technology or smuggle in documents to obtain or check information in an exam situation

In a research paper, it is always better to include too many references than not enough. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution. If you have too many references it might make your professor smile; if you don’t have enough you might be suspected of plagiarism. If you have any question or uncertainty about what is or is not cheating, it is your responsibility to ask your instructor. TAKE THE TUTORIAL: Test your knowledge of what constitutes plagiarism through a tutorial offered by the SDSU Library. To access the tutorial go to: Consequences of cheating and plagiarism SDSU instructors are mandated to report all instances of cheating and plagiarism to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibility. Consequences are at the instructor’s and the Center for Student Rights and Responsibility’s discretion. They may include any of the following:  failing the assignment  failing the class  warning  probation  suspension  expulsion For more detailed information, read the chapter on plagiarism in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th edition, 2003), visit the following website and talk to your professors before turning in your paper or doing your oral presentation. The University of Indiana also has very helpful writing hints for students, including some on how to cite sources. Please visit for more information.

The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus.

Syllabus Date


22 janvier

Présentation de la classe

27 janvier

La France: sa géographie et son gouvernement

29 janvier

La France: sa géographie et son gouvernement

3 février

Secteurs de l’économie et Typologie des entreprises.

Actes de langage

Devoirs à rendre

Comment se saluer et prendre congé Découper et rendre la feuille du syllabus signée


Présentations orales de 3minutes (max.) sur les régions de France et les pays francophones

Film : L’Auberge Espagnole

Les offres d’emploi: Comprendre une annonce

Présentations orales de 3minutes (max) sur une entreprise du service public

10 février

Trouver un emploi

Prendre contact au téléphone

Trouver une offre d’emploi, l’imprimer et l’apporter en classe (activité 5 p.84)

12 février

Trouver un emploi

Postuler à un emploi

Activité écrite 1 p.46 à rendre tapée

17 février

Trouver un emploi

Ecrire un CV

Activité écrite p68-69 à rendre tapée

19 février

Trouver un emploi

Ecrire un CV

24 février

Trouver un emploi

La lettre de motivation


La population active en France


26 février

Apporter votre CV (tapé).

Examen 1

3 mars

Trouver un emploi

L’entretien d’embauche

5 mars

Ressources humaines et Syndicats en France


10 mars

Film: Ressources Humaines

12 mars

Film: Ressources Humaines

17 mars

La publicité QUIZ

Traduction/ travail de groupes

Rendre votre lettre de motivation.

The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus.

Date 19 mars


Actes de langage

Devoirs à rendre

La publicité Film: Espace Détente

24 mars

La publicité

Présentations de pub

26 mars

La publicité

Présentations de pub Vacances de Printemps – du 30 mars au 3 avril

7 avril

La correspondance commerciale Ecrire une lettre de remerciement QUIZ

Présentations d’articles

9 avril

La correspondance commerciale Ecrire et recevoir courriels et lettres commerciaux

Présentations d’articles

14 avril

Examen 2

16 avril

La banque


Présentations d’articles Rendre une lettre de remerciement (dossier 4, 200) Présentations d’articles

21 avril

La banque

Jeu de rôle

23 avril

La bourse

Présentations d’articles

28 avril

La bourse

Présentations d’articles

QUIZ 30 avril

Le voyage d’affaires

Faire une réservation (train/avion/ hôtel)

Présentations d’articles

Accueillir un voyageur/ expliquer un itinéraire/ 5 mai

Le voyage d’affaires

Le restaurant (réserver/ commander/ vérifier l’addition)

Présentations d’articles

Le repas d’affaires : un exercice culturel. 7 mai


Présentations d’articles EXAMEN FINAL - JEUDI 14 MAI – 10:30-12:30

Please cut and return to instructor asap – FR423 Name: ___________________________________________ Red ID: ___________________________________________ Please sign: I have read the syllabus for FR423 Spring 2015______________________________ I have read the rules on cheating and plagiarism and I commit to abide by them_______________________

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