ERIC Number: ED377729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Active-Learning Approaches to the Business French Course: The Business French Research Paper.
Meyer, E. Nicole
A student assignment designed for a business French course is described. The assignment, a student research paper, is intended to promote both active learning and integration of skills. It is short and completed early in the course. Students are assigned topics and must research, organize, and summarize in French. It is expected that each student will produce multiple drafts, with teacher supervision; only the final draft is graded. The paper is allotted 20 percent of the course grade. A copy of each paper is distributed to all students so they may use them as personal resources. Potential topics and topic areas include possible careers and job opportunities, the general importance of French language to business, job search methods and job interviews, further educational opportunities, and original topics based on business-related events or processes. Other related activities that can be used in the classroom include proficiency-oriented exercises, use of authentic French documents, and role-playing. Students are encouraged to invite visitors they have met during their research. Contacts with French firms may also result in internship opportunities. The research paper assignment handout, which includes notes on 13 potential topics, is appended. Contains 75 references and 14 notes. (MSE)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Business Administration Education, Business Communication, Careers, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Educational Opportunities, Employment Opportunities, French, Grading, Group Discussion, Information Seeking, Interviews, Job Search Methods, Language Role, Marketing, Research Papers (Students), Research Skills, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (13th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 13-16, 1994).