ERIC Number: ED349804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
French Video Cassettes Produced by the Ecole Commerciale de la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris: Maximizing the Cultural and Linguistic Returns.
King, Charlotte P.
This paper discusses the use of videotapes furnished with the "Valise du Francais des Affaires" from the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris to teach business French. In the videotapes, French employers discuss the type of employee they would like to hire, and the problems they have encountered in some of the interviews they have conducted with potential employees. The paper highlights vocabulary and concepts contained in these videos that would be unfamiliar to the average American student, provides short descriptions of French companies (using the companies' annual reports), and focuses on interview situations delineating some of the problems discussed. The second part of the paper consists of an excerpt from a promotional video prepared by the Renault Company to underscore France's advanced automobile technology. This particular video is suitable for beginning engineering and business students in French. Exercises and suggestions are presented that provide a variety of opportunities for introducing business French. These activities constitute a break from normal classroom activities and are one way of enhancing students' entry into the world of languages in the professions. (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Authentic Materials
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (11th, Ypsilanti, MI, March 25-28, 1992). The videotapes discussed are not available from ERIC.