The University of Tennessee at Martin

Department of Modern Foreign Languages

French 451 (French for Business and the Professions); Spring of 2011, MWF 10-10:50 AM (EPS Building G7). Successful completion of French 341 or 342 or departmental permission prerequisite. Prof. TennesseeBob Peckham (427E Humanities -Tel. 881-7424. Home 587-6562. e-mail:

  Les examens CCIP à Vanderbilt auront lieu le 27 avril. 

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MEDIA: R.-J. Berg, Parlons affaires: initiation au français économique et commercial, 2nd ed.. (Boston: Thompson/Heinle, 2006)

Grand Dictionnaire Terminologique French verb conjugator Dictionnaire d'Apprentissage du Français des Affaires
Make Accents with Your Computer WordReference (French & English) Extensive French grammar resource

GOALS: French 451, "French for Business and the Professions" is a course refocused to meet more precisely the needs of students wanting to incorporate a knowledge of French language into a variety of future workplaces. It is devoted to the acquisition of linguistic proficiencies within the context of French and European business and professional scenarios, rather than being content or fact-focused. Our media will include the latest Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry focused coursebook a book targeting what is needed to pass the CCIP exams for the Diplôme de français professionel A2 (DFP A2). Its eleven units deal with business correspondence, technology, job hunting, kinds of businesses, creating a business, the structure of businesses, marketing, banking, markets, insurance, shipping . We will integrate a limited number of pertinent articles and videos. We will also build student competence for speaking about their own chosen professions (not necessarily in the business world), through independent reading of pertinant articles, viewing videos (where available), personally crafted vocabulary lists, and public discussion.

Our target proficiencies for participants are an ACTFL oral level of "Intermediate High" to "Advanced Plus", depending on entry level. Naturally, the language of the classroom will be French.

ATTENDANCE: Student are allowed 3 unexcused absences without penalty. EACH additional absence will result in the subtraction of a point from their course grade (on 100 scale).. Those who will have regular absences because of scheduling difficulties must see me during the first two days of class.

ASSIGNMENTS will be specified in the lesson list below. All of those to be handed in will be typed or will be submitted in electronic form, as a Microsoft Word attchment or in the text of an email. All late assigignments (not officially excused) will cary a penalty to be determined by the situation and importance of the assignment.

French 451 Lesson List & Resources

GRADE SCALE & DETERMINATION: 90 -100 = A; 80 - 89 = B; 70 - 79 = C; 60 - 69 = D; below 60 = F. I use a 1000 point scale, so divide by 10. 5 tests = 500 points, final exam = 100 points, "career day activities" = 100 points, class participation and homework = 200 points, class project - 100 points. There are a number of opportunities for extra credit. Besides the cultural events, conversation tables and extra TV5, I will offer 50 extra points on my 1000-point scale to anyone who will sign up for, study for and take (showing evidence for all 3) an appropriate CCIP (Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie) exam, which will be offered this Spring at Vanderbilt, and I offer a guaranteed "A" to the student who can pass the CCIP exam.

GENERAL & ETHICAL EXPECTATIONS: We expect students to demonstrate a solid work ethic, and to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen, with the

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as a base-line minumum for their behavior. Anything else is unacceptable to this instructor.

CULTURAL EVENTS: The department strongly encourages those who will make use of a foreign language in their professions to reach an acceptable level of general cultural awareness. To this end, we have a CULTURAL EVENTS POLICY. Students qualify for extra credit by attending approved cultural events. They will be penalized for not attending a prescribed number of cultural events. PLEASE SEE DEPARTMENT'S CULTURAL EVENTS POLICY, on the handout or @ the following address:
HELP! Be honest with yourself and with me. If you have difficulty in this course, use your resource materials, and contact me ASAP. I want you to succeed.

TV 5: I will try to get some relevant off-air recordings of TV5 programs, but you can earn an extra credit point for each 150-word French summary of a business or profession-related program you saw during the semester on TV5

CONVERSATION HOUR: You are strongly encouraged to attend weekly conversation hours organized by the French Club or faculty. You can earn extra credit by attending these.

FRENCH CLUB: All interested students are encouraged to join the French Club and to enrich their understanding of the French language and francophone culture by participating in its activities. Yes, you can earn extra credit this way.

*NOTE: "Any student eligible for and requesting academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide a letter of accommodation from Student Success Center within the first two weeks of the semester".  For additional information contact Sharon Robertson at 731.881.7719,, or Stephanie Mueller at 731.881.7605,