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This web page has been prepared for LEA students at the University of Savoie, but it can be consulted by anyone looking for information or simply interested.

You will find several useful things: bibliographies, plans, a résumé model, exercises to prepare, interactive exercises, etc.

So, take your time and navigate.

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Last update : March 18th, 2008

 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Translation (LEA L1): Practical training in translating from English into French using a variety of texts from the press of the English-speaking press. Texts focus on various themes ranging from social and political texts to business ones. Note: as far as this course may prove difficult for foreign students who do not have a good knowledge of French. In the second semester the translation class will consist of translating French texts into English.

English Grammar (LEA L1): This course is a theoretical and practical study of modern English. Emphasis is placed on the basic aspects of English grammar and syntax.

Translation (LEA L3): Practical training in translating from English into French and from French into English using a variety of texts from the press of the English-speaking world and from the French press. Most texts focus on economic and financial themes.

Business English (LEA L2): Introduction to English business language. Emphasis is placed on technical vocabulary and correct usage in business affairs. All classwork in English. One hour of laboratory per week required. The translation part will focus on practical texts such as business letters.

American Civilization / Cultural Studies (LEA L1): After a brief introduction to the geography of the continent emphasis is placed on history, from the discovery and colonization of North America, the birth and growth of the USA up to the Civil War. All classwork in English.

American Civilization / Cultural Studies (LEA L2): Emphasis will be put on the growth of the USA after the Civil War: the rise od industries, the turn of the century and the shaping of a new world power, the Roaring Twenties till the Great Depression, World War II and its aftermaths (from Truman to Kennedy, the Cold War, McCarthyism), the 1960's. All classwork in English.

American Civilization / Cultural Studies (LEA L3): Emphasis is placed on the institutions of the United States and their evolution before giving an overall view of other English-English speaking countries (Canada, Australia, New Zealand). All classwork in English.

 

All classes are followed by an exam at the end of the semester.

 

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CAPES

 

LCE major English : Translation class (from French into English in L1, from English into French in L2). This page includes the exercises or texts to prepare at home every week, and subsidiary interactive exercises: access to page.

CAPES in French Literature, English option: Training in commenting an English literary text orally. Emphasis is placed on the reading and analysis of the text, the structure of the commentary, and the acquisition of basic literary terms. CAPES page

 

 
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OFFICE HOURS

 

• Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (office 23100)

• Office phone number: 04 79 75 85 37

• E-mail: Marc.Perdrieau@univ-savoie.fr

 

 

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GRAMMAR CLASS

 
Program
 
Current topic
 
Exercises to prepare  (training for September)
 
Test yourself
 
Grammar LEA L1 : key to the January exam
 
Key to the last grammar exercise on the translation of "dont"

 

 

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TRANSLATION CLASS

 
Advice
 
Text to translate (from English into French)
 
• Text to translate (from French into English)
 
Review of the vocabulary studied in the translation class (and more) (interactive exercises)
  
Read the press of the English-speaking world

 

 

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AMERICAN CIVILIZATION / CULTURAL STUDIES

 
Bibliography
 
LEA L1 course outline
 
LEA L2 course outline
 
LEA L3 course outline
  
Possible or previous exams
 
Short definitions
 
Outlines for oral or written presentations
 
Looking for the events of a year
 
Looking for a place
 
Documents
 
Test-yourself
 
 

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DOCUMENTS

 
TEXTS AVAILABLE
MAPS AVAILABLE
The Mayflower Compact
 
Virginia Declaration of Rights
 
Declaration of Independence --> Download main Extract
 
Constitution of the USA
 
Bill of Rights
 
Other amendments
 
The Hillsborough Convention (NC, 1788)
 
Emancipation Proclamation
 
Gettysburg Address
 
US Presidents and Vice-Presidents
 
States and Year of Entry into the Union

North American Continent
 
USA: Rivers and Lakes
 
USA: Mountain Ranges
 
Louisiana before the French and Indian War 
 
New England in the 17th century
 
The thirteen colonies
 
USA: Land Acquisitions
 
USA: States

 

 

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TECHNICAL LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION (Business English)

As of 2007 the classes of business English only start in the second year (terms 3 and 4). So is it with will the lab sessions. Moreover, translation has been added to that course. Since it is a transitional year I have decided to leave the exercises of lessons seen last year (for the moment).

 

Interactive Review Exercises

The following interactive exercises have tested on several navigators (whether on Macintosh or Windows).

Only the combined œ does not properly appear in JavaScript dialog boxes with the Windows platform.

Note: JavaScript dialog boxes are quite small with Windows+Explorer. Only two options seem to be displayed in the translation exercises. There are three, actually. If you type 3 the exercise will start either with English or with French, and will shift to the other language half way.

 

Vocabulary seen in class (interactive exercises for L1 students)
 

Class 1

Class 5

Class 9

Class 2

Class 6

Class 10

Class 3

Class 7

Class 11

Class 4

Class 8

Class 12

   
 
Letter scrambling (some 20 words or so to decipher; the exercise reviews the few words seen in class 9)
 
Scrambled words (20 words taken from the workbook)
 
A few words which had been forgotten
 
 
  
 

Vocabulary asked in previous exams (transl.)

Vocabulary asked in previous exams (defs.)

Vocabulary seen in the videos (transl.)

Vocabulary seen in the videos (defs.) (70 words)

70 words and expressions taken from the units (transl.)

100 entries from the vocabulary seen in L2 (defs.)

 
 
 
 

• MISCELLANEOUS

 
Writing a letter in English
 
Letter of application (or cover letter)
 
Translating degrees
 
Writing a CV (or résumé) in English
 
Prepare your own résumé in English (on-line basic structure)
 
 
In the office (40 entries with pictures)
 
  
Laboratory
 
Business English : (online exercise)
 
• Little commercial glossary
 
 
 

2009-2010 LAB SESSIONS

 

 
Vocabulary (first term)
 

Vocabulary (second term)

 

 

The following online vocabulary exercises are taken from the lab sessions.

 

 FIRST TERM

Séance
Multiple-choice tests
Missing-word tests
Translation

1. Company Structures

QCM n° 1
MWT 1

2. Recruitment

QCM n° 2
MWT 2

3. Hierarchy and Backgrounds

QCM n° 3
MWT 1

4. Cultural Differences

QCM n° 4
MWT 1

5. Advertising and Marketing

QCM n° 5
MWT 5

6. Franchising

QCM n° 6
MWT 6
 

7. Retailing

QCM n° 7
MWT 7

8. Banking

QCM n° 8
MWT 8

9. Banking services

QCM n° 9
MWT 9

10. Bank Conflicts

QCM n° 10
MWT 10

 

 

 SECOND TERM

 
The following exercises have been prepared after the new lab sessions of business English. They are based on the same principles as the exercises done last year : a multiple-choice test, a missing-word test, to which a vocabulary translation test has been added.
 

 

Lab session

Multiple-choice test

Missing-word test

Translation

International Trade 1

QCM 1
MWT 1
Voc 1

International Trade 2

QCM 2
MWT 2
Voc 2

Insurance 1

QCM 3
MWT 3
Voc 3

Insurance 2

QCM 4
MWT 4
Voc 4

The Small Business 1

QCM 5 & 6
MWT 5 & 6
Voc 5

The Small Business 2

Voc 6

The Stock Exchange

QCM 7
MWT 7
Voc 7

Corporate Alliances and Acquisitions

QCM 8
MWT 8
Voc 8

Transporting Goods 1

QCM 9
MWT 9
Voc 9

Transporting Goods 2

QCM 10
MWT 10
Voc 10
   

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

 
Advice for your master's thesis (in French -- it used to be for the former LEA 4, but it can still be useful)
 
Translation of French degrees
 
Writing a CV/résumé in English
 
Prepare your own résumé (on-line basic CV structure)
 
Writing a letter in English
 
Letter of application / Cover letter
 
Test your knowledge (Multiple choice tests)
 
190 irregular verbs
 
My links
 

 

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TEST YOURSELF

The following exercises have been successfully tested on Macintosh® and PC computers using both Netscape Navigator and MS Internet Explorer 4.5.

 

Interactive Tests
 
Grammar : put the verbs in parenthesis into the right tenses and forms
 
Make or do : choose the proper verb in the correct form.
  
Irregular verbs : find the past and past participle of each verb (random or personal selection)
 
Irregular verbs : select you own list among 190 of them (starting from the French infinitive)
 
Phrasal and prepositional verbs : find the missing particles (several tests) --> you should know them all
 
120 deceptive cognates from English into French
 
120 deceptive cognates from French into English
 
Idioms
 
40 common proverbs
 
Years of American Events : Find the year of the event mentioned (100 questions from 1492 to 1903).
 
 
Multiple-Choice Tests with answers at the end
 
Short geography quizz
 
Business English : (quizz)
 
Grammar : (easy quizz)
 
Common vocabulary : extended to 30 questions
 
  
 
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NEW THINGS

  

Scrambled words : business English

Translation : vocabulary review

Determiners : choose the right determiner.

MCQ (100 questions)   (20 questions selected at random each time)

• Exercice sur la voix passive : exercice interactif

Entraînez-vous à compter en anglais
 
MCQ (common vocabulary) : (30 questions)
 
Make or do : 70 sentences
 
 

 

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