Review Comment

[FREN BC3007] Commercial-Economic French

September 18, 2012

Jouanneau-Fertig, Isabelle Silver_nugget
[FREN BC3007] Commercial-Economic French

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I was a French major, and I took this class during my last semester of college. After having studied abroad in Paris, this was the perfect way to consistently speak French back at CU and expand my vocabulary. This class is quite particular, since it has a more practical focus than most undergrad classes and since the class size is capped at a small number. As a result, my ability to comprehend and discuss current events (particularly related to economic policy) was stretched immensely. This class was especially useful to me because I had the opportunity to create my resume in French, practice interviewing in French and familiarize myself with French style and expectations in the business world, and master the job interviewing skills I was working on in English in French! As a result of this class, I would feel confident applying to jobs in France.

Prof. Jouanneau-Fertig makes students feel comfortable speaking in class and she has a helpful and un-intrusive way of correcting errors. She also really tailors the class and expectations to individuals' needs and interests. (For example, there were several seniors applying to jobs, so she helped us tailor our resumes and cover letters to entry level jobs in industries that interested us.)

Prof. Jouanneau-Fertig loves maps, and I feel much more knowledgeable about the geographic, economic, and industrial layout of the French regions. This type of knowledge is important to have in order to feel comfortable among French colleagues. For me, the best part of the class was discussing news articles about economic policy in the EU.

In terms of the exam: Prof. Jouanneau-Fertig is right when she says her students are extremely prepared for it. I felt really lucky to have the opportunity to have a sort of "prep class" as well that fit into my day, and I've already used a lot of the vocab I learned since graduation!

Workload:

There are two workbooks that are prep for the exam at the end. We write frequently resumes of news articles and prepare small speaking assignments for class, but it's not particularly difficult or time-consuming.

September 23, 2005

Jouanneau-Fertig, Isabelle Silver_nugget
[FREN BC3007] Commercial-Economic French

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Hands down the best French teacher I have had. Always flexible, always thoughtful, always on track with the syllabus. Terrific material if you are interested in working/living in France and excellent competency in the material, since after all Prof. Jouanneau-Fertig is French herself! There wasn't a day I didn't look forward to this class, nestled between dull economics seminars and arcane philosophy symposiums.

Workload:

Enough to make you learn the material, which turns out to be a bit less than the typical 3 pt. course.

April 23, 2005

Jouanneau-Fertig, Isabelle Silver_nugget
[FREN BC3007] Commercial-Economic French

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

The class is only offered in spring, and is open mostly to graduating seniors, though if you're a junior who wants to work in France over the summer, or a student at one of the grad schools, you probably could talk your way in. It's a pretty unique course -- it's designed to help you navigate your way around the job market in France, or be at least comfortable with the rudiments of doing business there. So we learnt the French terms for business terminology, wrote French CVs, learnt how to write cover letters in French, learnt how interviews would generally be conducted... it was cool, IF that's your kind of thing. If you like French lit classes, this is absolutely not the same thing. We also learnt about the socio-econ climate of France, talked about its relationship with the EU, etc etc etc. I loved it, but I know there were some people who did not consider it a sufficiently "serious" French class. Whatever works for you, I guess. Mme Jouanneau-Fertig is as friendly and chatty as the other reviews have said.

Workload:

If you're a French major it's almost a joke; if you're not, it might take some getting used to (especially if you're not fluent). The aforementioned letters and about 4 versions of your CV; about 5 resumes (summaries) of press articles, assorted worksheets. She distributes them like candy. Nothing too hard overall, but you'll have to spend *some* time on them. 3 tests + 1 midterm, no final. Instead, she prepares you for an external exam administered from Paris at the end of the semester. It's optional; you pay $100 to take it and you get a diploma if you pass. That exam is a little extra work, but not too much.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3007: Commercial-Economic French Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 2012 Spring TR / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3007: Commercial-Economic French Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 2011 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3007: Commercial-Economic French Isabelle Jouanneau-Fertig 2010 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3007: Commercial-Economic French Isabelle Jouanneau-Ferti 2004 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3007: Commercial-Economic French Isabelle Jouanneau-Ferti 2003 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3007: Commercial-Economic French Isabelle Jouanneau-Ferti 2002 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3007: Commercial-Economic French Isabelle Jouanneau-Ferti 2001 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1