French - Advanced level (C1) - "Professional Communication Strategies"

lfran1505  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

French - Advanced level (C1) - "Professional Communication Strategies"
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
30.0 h
Q1 or Q2
Rassart Emmanuelle (coordinator);
To take this class, the student must
  • Take the ILV placement test B2 organised during the 1st week of each semester  and achieved a minimum mark of 16/20
  • OR have a recent DALF C1 (maximum 1 year ago)
  • OR having achieved previously a minimum mark of 10/20 on the general course C1 LFRAN1501
  • OR having achieved previously a minimum mark of 16/20 on the general course B2 LFRAN1401.
Main themes
Students will
  • Observe, understand and experience various oral or written professional situations of communication based on authentic or pseudo-authentic documents (movies, documentaries, interviews with managers)
  • write 4 texts in professional language
  • make a professional presentation
  • perform job interviews both as a candidate and as a recruiter
  • take part in oral negotiations, playing different roles
  • manage complicated oral situations
  • experience group e-working situations using the Moodle platform
  • use professional vocabulary
  • progressively compile  a communication profile

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this C1-level class, students will:
  • understand oral and written discourse in a French speaking professional context without too much difficulty;
  • develop, using professional language, communication strategies appropriate to the situation;
  • write professional texts (emails, reports, letters of complaint, CV) using the appropriate register, complex sentences and specific vocabulary;
  • be able to express themselves precisely and with a certain ease in professional situations requiring oral communication (presentations, job interviews, negotiations, meetings) and cope with unpredictable situations;
  • know and use vocabulary specific to the French professional world ;
  • formulate precisely some of their skills and weaknesses in oral professional communication ;
  • use collaborative e-tools (forums, web platform) efficiently.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Oral and written situations of communication will be studied using authentic  and semi-authentic documents (extracts from movies and documentaries about the business world, interviews with business people, lectures given by specialists).
By means of regular exercises in class and on the Web-platform, students will improve their language skills in professional situations analysed in class, and develop their professional vocabulary.
Students will undertake a group project culminating in an oral presentation. The teacher will tutor each step of this project.
Each oral or written production will be assessed (with or without a grade), based on criteria specified in advance.

NB : This is not a grammar class. However, grammar and spelling will be assessed in oral and written productions. Students are expected to work by themselves using reference material to improve their morpho-syntaxic skills.
Teaching methods
This course is taught in blended learning, with an alternate in-class sessions and distance sessions. Each distance-session requires between 2 and 4 hours of work.
Evaluation methods
Students will be assessed on their work during the year  and on a final exam :

Continuous assessement (10%) :
  • Active participation in a minimum of 75 % of classes
  • Regular and active participation in on-line exercises
Written work (40%)

Final exam (50 %) :
  • Vocabulary test
  • Completion of a communication profile sheet
  • Oral exam : Group negotiation
  • Notes de cours distribuées en classe
  • Plateforme Moodle
  • Dictionnaire Le petit Robert
  • Grammaire progressive du français niveau avancé
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Management

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] : Business Engineering