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ERIC Number: ED377726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Using Minitel in the Commercial French Class: Creating a Business. Draft.
Abrate, Jayne
Techniques for using France's Minitel, a general information network accessible by computer from the United States, for business French courses are outlined. The Minitel system is first described and hardware and software needs for accessing its services are noted. A variety of options for presenting Minitel material to students is presented, including having students spend time on the computer and saving screens on disk or in photographs for later use in various forms. A list of services is offered, with costs per minute (in French francs), is included. A student project that includes a series of steps, activities, and services and that pushes students to explore many business concepts and resources, is described. The project involves setting up a small business. Steps include: picking a business; naming it; establishing a business plan; deciding on the legal form; inquiring about necessary formalities; and optionally: preparing documentation; planning for export; setting up accounting procedures; peripheral activities; and followup Minitel activities. It is argued that the diversity of Minitel services and their currency make them an ideal tool for supplementing commercial instructional materials and adapting course content to student interests. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France