Business French

Get to the next level of your career with our Business French Courses

YOUR NEEDS

  • Adapt quickly to the constraints of a French-speaking environment
  • Negotiate a contract in French effectively
  • Develop strong relationships with a client
  • Prepare for a successful relocation to a French-speaking country
  • Offer a stimulating activity to your employees as part of your wellbeing strategy

WHO WE ARE

  • The Official French government centre for language and culture, the Institut français is the most competent place to learn French in London. We provide a wide range of companies with the added value of a customised immersive learning experience.
  • Our teachers are highly qualified native French speakers with a master’s degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language and several years of international experience in teaching French to high-profile professionals .
  • The Institut français is accredited for the French government’s official language exams (DELF, DALF, TCF) and the Professional French exams of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry). It is also a Patron of the French Chamber of Great Britain.

OUR OFFER

We offer bespoke one-to-one and group courses designed to meet the needs of your company and employees. They perfectly combine with our standard professional group courses with a variety of subjects (economy, finance, legal, business etc.).

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  • affordable prices and no hidden costs
  • free audit of your needs and free level assessment
  • one-to-one or group setting
  • at your office, online or at our language centre
  • flexibility (24 hours’ cancellation policy)
  • tailor made courses are the quickest way to become operational in French, whether for business, well-being, or pleasure.
Contact us for more information, to request a free assessment or to get a quote.

OUR LEARNING PROCESS

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Get to the next level of your career with our Online Professional French Training. Our experienced teachers will help you target the French speaking market and significantly boost your CV.

Contact us for more information, to request a free assessment or to get a quote.

CROSS CULTURAL TRAINING: LIVING AND WORKING IN FRANCE
2h/ week
starting 8 September
ONLINE

Tue | 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Ensure a successful move to France by acquiring cultural understanding and improving your language skills.

Aims: By the end of this course, in the following domains, you will be able to:

–          General/Daily life:

o   Differentiate between tu or vous in various contexts (at work, when meeting new people, at the gym etc.)

o   Understand and use some typical French gestures

o   Become familiar with administrative procedures in France

o   Be aware of Health and Safety regulations

o   Become familiar with the French customs of holiday making (faire le pont, juilletiste/aoûtiens etc.)

o   French people’s attitude to buying

o   Understand the French media (their readership, their political trend etc.)

–          At work:

o   Understand how French people interact in the workplace

o   Write professional emails in a French manner

o   Behave and interact in a meeting

o   Understand French attitude to team work

o   Become familiar with a French management style

o   Take part in a French appraisal

o   Understand the various legal status of French companies

o   The different training options in France

Teaching approach: Mini-lectures, discussions and interactive / participatory

Course materials for 2020: Some resources provided by the tutor (you may be asked to buy a book in the first class).

£315 early booking discount

350
Fluent to Master (B2 to C2)
Up to 9 students
8 Sep - 15 Dec 2020
Business French ‘Ecofin’
2h/ week
starting 9 September
ONLINE

Wed | 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Communicate in French on Economics, Business and Finance.

For those wishing to speak French with confidence in a professional setting, better understand their business partners and follow conferences and seminars in French.

Tutor: The tutor has many years’ experience in teaching French as a foreign language as well as a background in international relations, economic development, finance and business.

Aims: To develop your communication and debating skills and improve your listening comprehension using authentic documents.

Teaching approach: There will be discussion (e.g. on French and international news), debates and activities addressing economic affairs (banking, finance, insurance, business, international relations, etc.) in a dynamic way.

Course materials: Authentic documents (newspaper articles, magazines, radio and television clips and blogs) will help to consolidate the learner’s written and oral French (correcting accent and syntax, distinguishing different registers, understanding the implicit) and facilitate quick and fluent speaking.

Student’s involvement: Every week students will research topics of their choice at home. They will then do a presentation in class and lead the debate that follows. They will also participate in debates led by others.

Read more about the Professional French Exams

£315: early booking discount


Online course:

This may be converted into an onsite or hybrid format after the course has begun but only if all the students of a given group are willing to do so.

350
Fluent to Expert (B2 to C1)
Up to 9 students
9 Sept - 16 Dec 2020
Business French, Advanced (C1)
2h/ week
starting 9 September
ONLINE

Wed | 7.00pm - 9.00pm


Online:

This course may be converted into an onsite or hybrid format after the course has begun but only if all the students of a given group are willing to do so.


Broaden your knowledge of business French. Ideal to prepare for the Diploma of Business French C1

This course is aimed at business professionals or students looking to work in a French-speaking environment who already have a good general level in French but wish to develop and expand their terminology applied to Business subjects while discovering the French business language and culture.

Tutor: Martial Quéro grew up in Brittany (France) and graduated in International Trade at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists with a long experience as a business and legal translator-interpreter. He has been teaching Business French in UK companies in a wide range of industries for many years and is an examiner for CCIP exams at the Language Centre.

Aims: This course aims to help learners gaining confidence when speaking French in a work environment. It will also help them expanding their business, economic and financial terminology. 

At the end of the course students should have developed a better understanding of French and other Francophone business cultures, being able to discuss current business topics more confidently and with accuracy and to produce written documents. (presentations, minutes, reports) at a professional level. It is looking to make learners progress on skills according to criteria specified by the CEFR – C1/C2 Level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) applied to Socio-Economic and Business language.

Reading comprehensionbecome able to understand most press articles about the subjects studied in class

Written productionbecome able to draft and present ideas, or report on documents in a concise, accurate and structured way.

Listening comprehension: become able to follow and understand conversations/debates on business topics and write a report/minutes about what they have understood.

Verbal production: become able to communicate with a high level of fluency about business/economic subjects and to make structured presentations and replying to questions and negotiating confidently to an audience using adequate terminology and language register.

Course subjectsSome of the course subjects for discussion will include:

  • Writing marketing/promotional communications/minutes/formal presentations/pitches 
  • International development and business strategies of companies 
  • French and International economic issues
  • Forms of corporate entities and distribution channels  
  • Practising sales and negotiation techniques
  • Dealing with sales administration, orders, deliveries, customer service, payments 
  • Interacting in business meetings and formal HR or sales/marketing interviews, making formal presentations
  • Understanding market research and analysing case studies

 Teaching approach: The course is based on a communicative and task-based approach so the learner will be encouraged to interact and participate actively during classes and research subjects in the French speaking press between classes. It is also aiming to develop the student’s writing skills, acquiring new terminology, developing listening and reading comprehension. It is looking to make the student progress according to criteria specified by the CEFR – C1/C2 Level applied to Business & economics.

Course material: There is no specific manual for this course apart from researching articles from the Business press like Le Nouvel Economiste, La Tribune, L’Expansion, Capital, Les Echos, Courrier International or from the press of other countries illustrating the course subjects. They will be discussed, analysed, summarized or translated in class. Internet, audio/video materials on geopolitical, economic current affairs will also be used as a base for listening comprehension and discussion/debate.

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to participate and debate actively during classes giving their opinion about economic or business issues. They will be encouraged to share their experience or expertise about the studied subjects and asked to prepare/make short presentations and participate in roleplays. 

Self-study and writing assignments between classes will also be recommended (writing summaries of documents), reading relevant articles/materials and watching/listening to business programmes in the news to become familiar with the French speaking business environments and cultures.

Certification: This course can lead to the CCIP Diplôme de Français Professionnel Affaires Niveau C1. See link below:

http://www.lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/tests-diplomes/diplomes-francais-professionnel-dfp/affaires/

Read more about the Professional French Exams

£315 early booking discount

350
Expert (C1)
Up to 9 students
09 Sept - 16 Dec 2020
Summer Term
2h/ week over 15 weeks
06 May -12 Aug 2020
Online Legal French
2h/ week
starting 10 September
ONLINE

Thu | 7.00pm – 9.00pm


Online:

This course may be converted into an onsite or hybrid format after the course has begun but only if all the students of a given group are willing to do so.


Learn all about the French legal system.

Primarily for legal professionals, translators or law students with an interest in French Law. However, as it is above all a language course and not a French Law course, subjects about the French legal system will be studied and discussed in class but potential students will not necessarily need to have a legal background.

Tutor: Martial Quéro is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists with many years’ experience as a legal translator and court interpreter. He has also been teaching Legal and Business French in City law firms for many years and is an examiner for CCIP exams at the Language Centre.

Aims: This course aims to help legal professionals to gain confidence when speaking French in their work environment. It will also help learners to expand their legal terminology.
At the end of the course students should have a good understanding of the French legal system, be able to discuss legal subjects with confidence and accuracy and produce short documents at a professional level.

Course subjects: those covered in the syllabus of the Diplôme de Français Professionnel Juridique of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
– Legal framework and institutions: Divisions of Law, sources of Law, EC Law, French and European political and administrative institutions.
– The legal world: legal professions, the French courts and tribunals, criminal and civil procedures.
– Rights and property: rights of legal persons, property Law, commercial property, intellectual property.
– Obligations: statutory obligations, contractual obligations, obligations in tort.
– Business Law: Company Law, Law of contracts, competition Law, consumer Law, fiscal Law.
– Labour Law: Employer-employee relations (formation, performance and termination of work contracts), industrial relations (personnel representation, unions), and industrial actions.

Teaching approach: The course is based on a communicative approach so the learner will be encouraged to interact and participate actively during classes. It also aims to develop the student’s writing skills, terminology, listening and reading comprehension. Some grammatical subjects or structures may be revised when necessary.

Course materials: The book Le Français juridique by Michel Soignet will be recommended for purchase and used as a base for the course. Other materials will be used including extracts of new legislation, judgements, contracts, written correspondence, press articles, etc. illustrating the course subjects. They will be discussed, analysed or translated in class. Internet, audio/video materials on political, economic and legal current affairs will also be used as a base for discussion.

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to participate actively during classes, to give their opinion about legal issues or legal current affairs, present arguments or make short presentations. Self-study and writing assignments between classes will also be recommended (summaries, analyses of court rulings, producing e-mails or formal letters).

£315 early booking discount

350
Fluent (B2)
Up to 9 students
10 Sep - 17 Dec 2020
Summer Term
2h/week over 15 weeks
7 May - 13 Aug 2020
Online Business French (B2)
3h/ week
starting 17 October
ONLINE

Sat | 10.00am - 1.00pm


Online: 

This course may be converted into an onsite or hybrid format after the course has begun but only if all the students of a given group are willing to do so.


For students with a B2/Fluent level of French who wish to develop and expand their Business French terminology and/or who are interested in discussing current business subjects whilst improving their oral and written skills.

Tutor: Isabelle Barthe-Purton has read Law at the University of Rheims at at the University of Paris 2. She has a Master in French as a Foreign Language and has many years’ experience in teaching French as a foreign language including French for professional purposes. Isabelle is an examiner for the CCIP exams and for the CIEP; DELF and DALF exams at the Language Centre.

Aims:

  • To help learners develop their knowledge of Business thematic terminology.
  • To improve their oral and written skills : reading comprehension, written production, listening comprehension and verbal production in line with the criteria specified by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – level B2 .
  • To help students becoming more confident when discussing Business topics and producing written documents in a Business environment.
  • To enhance their ability to work using the French language.

 Teaching approach: The course is based on a communicative approach.

Students are encouraged to interact during classes and to participate actively sharing their knowledge. They are also encouraged to discuss current news.

The course will concentrate on the acquisition of specialist vocabulary including:

  • how companies operate (types, sectors, evolution, culture etc.)
  • marketing products or services
  • dealing with clients, suppliers, transporters, banks, insurers, etc.
  • discussing socio-economic issues
  • writing professional documents such as emails, letters

 Students involvementStudents are invited to read the press and /or listen to Business programs during the week, to share and discuss the news in class.

It is also recommended that they complete the homework and learn regularly the vocabulary.

Please note that students need to register for 2 sessions (60 hours) in order to complete the course.

 Course book: affaires.com – Niveau avancé B2-C1 – 3ème édition

Auteur(s) : Jean-Luc Penfornis

ISBN : 978-2-09-038682-0

 CertificationStudents who wish to have their level certified at the end of the course will have the option of taking an exam:  the DFP (Diplôme  de Français Professionnel) Affaires B2 of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry with 1 session each year in May. The Language Centre of Institut Français in London is also an examination centre for this diploma.

350
Fluent (B2)
Up to 9 students
28 Mar - 13 June 2020
17 Oct - 19 Dec 2020
Summer Term
3h/ week over 10 weeks
20 June - 22 Aug 2020
Contact us for more information, to request a free assessment or to get a quote.

4 REASONS TO LEARN FRENCH WITH THE INSTITUT FRANCAIS

  1. Our teachers are experts in different fields including legal, financial services and banking (holding double qualifications: in their field of expertise and in teaching French as a foreign language).
  2. Our teaching approach is based on the latest scientific research in the field of language acquisition: our teachers attend regular seminars and training sessions such as the use of accelerated learning techniques to learn French.
  3. Flexibility: you choose the modalities of your learning. Lessons can be cancelled with only 24 hours’ notice.
  4. As we are part of the French government, you do not pay VAT – there are no hidden costs.

  

THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO LEARN WITH US

 
Some of the companies we work with:
AXA, European Marine Consultants, Anthony Bryant and Co, Veolia, Bloomberg, Ocado, University of Oxford, Sofitel, Prudential, NBC Universal Studios, JImmy Choo, Havas, GSK, Etsy, ArcelorMittal