lrom2670  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
4 credits
22.5 h
François Thomas;
B2 level of reading and B1+ level in listening (Common European Framework of Reference)
Main themes
The course consists of a detailed analysis of linguistics features (grammatical, lexical), discursive (stylistic, generic) and communicational (links with the situation of communication) which distinguishes specialized texts in the economic/commercial sector from other registers in French. The course also aims to significantly increase the student's specialized vocabulary allowing him to easily deal with any text in this domain.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, students should be able to read and identify the principle discursive and terminology characteristics in specialized economic and commercial texts in French. They should also have a firm grasp of the different types of communication which may be used support these kinds of texts.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course is based on a detailed description of the commercial and economic French using original texts. Students will develop their knowledge about the business world by studying economic and commercial terminology in articles from newspapers. Students will also analyze the discourse of several companies in various types of texts : company brochures, direct marketing letters, job announcements, company Web pages, social network messages, etc.
Written communication specialists could be invited according to the topics.
Online exercices, Internet research and group work will allow students to increase their specialized vocabulary and enable them to easily understand any text in this domain.
Teaching methods
Alternate lectures and supervised exercises.
Evaluation methods
Threefold assessment:
  • Continuous assessment during the semester (written exercices, classroom participation) : 30%
  • Written examination on the course contents: 30%
  • Final project (written report): 40%.
In the case of a second registration for the examination, the evaluation will only have two components (theoretical examination and the final project), if they were not successful.
Other information
  • BARIL, Denis (2008). Techniques de l'expression écrite et orale. Paris, Ed. Dalloz.
  • CHARTRAND, S.-G., ÉMERY-BRUNEAU, J. et SÉNÉCHAL, K. (2015). Caractéristiques de 50 genres pour développer les compétences langagières en français. Québec : Didactica.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General