Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

French Language 2 for MGB (Master in Global Business) MFL5004

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course, which enables students to reach the A1.3 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, is for students who have previously taken the 'Language Skills 1 - French' module at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada. It will build on the first course and introduce students to more complex grammar, extend their reading and writing knowledge of French, and develop their oral and listening comprehension skills. The course will also enhance the students' knowledge of French culture and enable them to avoid major social, cultural and linguistic faux pas when speaking French and/or when in France and in other French-speaking countries.


30 contact hours in total, spread over 3 weeks.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Pass in 'Language Skills 1 - French' at the School of Business at UoV.

Students must be enrolled in the Master in Global Business programme, which is jointly taught by the Adam Smith Business School (University of Glasgow), the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria - Canada) and the Chulalongkorn Business School (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand).

Excluded Courses

Chinese Language 2 for MGB


European Business Context

New Business Development & Global Innovation (both taught by the Adam Smith Business School)


Various Language Exercises - 25%

Oral Assessment (1 In-class Presentation x 5 minutes) - 15%

Written Examination (1 hour) - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Enable students to reach the A1.3 level in the CEFR in spoken and written French

■ Enhance all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while developing the confidence to use the language accurately in a limited range of familiar situations

■ Develop transferable skills such as communication skills, confidence, initiative, socio-cultural sensitivity and time management

■ Deepen the students' knowledge and understanding of the customs, culture and society of the countries where the target language is spoken

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand and use key vocabulary and simple speech patterns in routine situations 

■ Communicate more effectively in oral and written French, in everyday situations such as describing one's routine, arranging appointments, making phone calls

■ Understand and use low intermediate grammar structures of the target language, including perfect indicative and simple future

■ Comprehend and verbally summarise the key information of audio and/or video material

■ Apply some intercultural competence to both daily life and business environments

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.