ERIC Number: ED304925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
The Teaching of Business French in Its Interaction with Legal, Economic, Political and Cultural Realities.
Branan, Elisabeth Girod
One approach to teaching business French is to familiarize students with true business situations and to help students realize that business interacts with a body of laws and within a political and socioeconomic environment. On the first day of class, students are divided into groups of two or three, and each group becomes an enterprise with a name, purpose, and legal status. This technique removes student inhibition. In one exercise, students act as legal consultants to an enterprise. Another exercise consists of a mock arbitration procedure played out in groups of three students: a consumer who has purchased a defective automobile, a dealership representative, and an arbitrator. In another activity, students write or act out angry consumer complaints to a customer service department. A selling technique contest has also been undertaken. Activities incorporating the learning of new technology and vocabulary include a simulated telephone conversation with a telecommunications representative, and the writing of extraordinary accident reports using insurance-related language. Oral reports on topics taken from current French magazines are assigned, and a class debate about nationalization policy has been held. Written assignments include correspondence and a marketing study. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages for Business and the Professions (see FL 017 839).