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Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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About this Class

Language in the business world brings a precise set of challenges. If you are someone who requires French for professional development, works within a francophone institution, or is curious about le monde des affaires, this course is designed for you. Specifically designed for students entering the B1 intermediate level, this class aims to teach through experience. As such, each section works on mastering a particular element of life in the office. You will learn how to write emails and reports, conduct interviews, draft radio spots, comprehend and analyze press releases and news articles, and compose case studies all while absorbing vocabulary and grammar essential for the industry. No prior business knowledge is necessary to take this class, simply a strong, vested interest in management and economics coupled with a desire to hone your language skills in the workplace.

Class materials: Affaires Etrangeres B1/B2

Content you will cover (Fall 2022)

UNITÉ 1 Au coeur de la diplomatie (p. 7-20)

Objectives: Understand the diplomatic career path / Present a professional path and profile / Present professional qualities, a specific position, and related skills Know how to: Describe a career and professional activities in diplomacy and international relations / Write a resume / Choose a candidate for a position Grammar: Past tenses (i) / Place and agreement of adjectives / Time conjunctions Society and culture: Portrait of S. Hessel, diplomat / Belgian diplomacy / Training of Quebecois diplomats / Excerpt of Quai d’Orsay comic Vocabulary: Professions in diplomacy / Career paths / Qualitative adjectives / Résumé writing → Exam skills: B1 Written production [Answer a job posting]

UNITÉ 2 Les organisations internationales en ligne (p. 21-34)

Objectives: Present an international organization / Describe a position within it / Discuss a mission Know how to: Understand and present the structure and activities of an international organization / Understand its mission / Present a mission statement Grammar: Uses of the present tense / Relative pronouns (simple and complex) / Past tenses (ii) [pluperfect] / Adverbs -ment Society and culture: OIG (intergovernmental organizations), ONG (non-profit organizations) Vocabulary: Descriptive expressions / International organizations / Humanitarian aid (i) / Peacekeeping operations / Missions → Exam skills: B1 Oral interaction [Present a project, negotiate mission details]