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ERIC Number: ED345556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Commercial French Course as Part of a University Degree.
Greensmith, Catherine
The University of Hull (England) has a 2-year commercial French course within its language program. The first-year of the course is required of all undergraduates. Materials are largely written by faculty. All faculty have additional training in French economy and culture. Testing occurs twice a year, with four written skill areas from the French "certificat" tested in May. The actual written "certificat" is administered at the University in June; a majority of program participants take the official exam. The areas tested include general language, reading comprehension, two-way translation, and business correspondence. Oral "certificat" testing, also in June, consists of an English-to-French translation and a question-and-answer session. The more intensified second year of the course has a greatly restricted population. Each term of the second year is divided into nine sessions, one dealing with a current affairs theme. Topics are at first general, then more specific to economics and trade. Teaching team members have specific area-related responsibilities. The written and oral "diplome" tests are administered in June. All students are required to spend their third year abroad, working in industry or studying. Problems encountered include first-year motivation difficulties, a 50% success rate after the second year, and minimal followup after study abroad. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A