ERIC Number: ED370388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Developing Aural Proficiency Skills in the Business French Class.
This paper discusses the use of the re-broadcast of French television news (Le Journal de 20 Heures) as a tool to develop aural proficiency in college students enrolled in a business French course in the United States. Before viewing each 1- to 2-minute news segment, students complete vocabulary exercises and read a relevant newspaper article. After the viewing the segment, they listen to the audio portion of the tape several times, discuss the report, and answer questions in writing about the subject. Four general topics and specific segments that have been used in class are discussed in this paper: (1) foreign trade, specifically a segment on the European Airbus airliner; (2) international marketing, with a report on President Francois Mitterand's visit to Vietnam; (3) the Potain corporation and the current economic recession in France, specifically how the company has tried to preserve jobs; and (4) financial transactions and computerization, focusing on an electronic debit card being test-marketed in Denmark. Specific class activities and exercises for each segment are presented, as well as the advantages of using video in the foreign language classroom. (MDM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Fordham University NY
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (12th, Ypsilanti, MI, March 31-April 3, 1993).