Module Overview

French for Business 4a

This module is designed to provide students with an overview in the target language of trade between France and Ireland, to develop advanced oral and written language skills and to consolidate students’ understanding of life and society in contemporary French-speaking countries.

Module Code

BSST H4018

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

The development of Listening and Speaking skills

Discussing contemporary issues. Supporting and sustaining personal viewpoints in conversation. Identifying relevant information in authentic TV, radio and spoken Internet materials. Interacting with clients on the telephone with a degree of spontaneity and fluency.

The development of Reading and Writing skills

Reading and locating relevant information, ideas and opinions in long and specialised articles and reports. Producing clear, detailed text on a range of subjects to include all aspects of business correspondence. Writing essays, summaries and commentaries on contemporary issues, giving reasons in support of or against a particular position.

Business Language: French/Irish Trade

Profile of the French economy: key sectors/industries, main economic trends and developments. Analysis of French/Irish trade relationship: identification of main import/export products and markets between Ireland and France. Business correspondence relating to import and export. Advanced telephone skills.

Grammar and Structures

Review of tenses and syntactic issues - Textual and phrasal structures

Life in contemporary French-speaking countries

Aspects of French culture and society will be studied through the use of text, film and Internet resources. Suggested topics include: The environment Tourism The political system in France.

Learning and teaching will take place through the use of lectures, presentations and role plays exercises in the module. In addition to using text based material, students will be expected to make extensive use of relevant websites, external online audio and video resources referred throughout the course.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50