Exam Preparation

The Institut français offers specific courses to prepare for the DELF / DALF exams.

See also Preparation for GCSE / AS / A2 Level

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Delf B1
Intermediate (B1)
3h/week over 10 weeks
Thu | 6.00pm - 9.00pm
£350 (£315 early booking discount)
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Up to 15 students
16 Jan - 19 Mar 2020
26 Mar - 04 June 2020

For those wishing to obtain a diploma of B1-level proficiency in the French language.

Tutor: Laurence Forlot is an examiner and DELF/DALF tutor.

Aims: To develop oral and written comprehension and expression in order to facilitate success in the DELF B1 exam.

Teaching approach: Students will practise the four skills and will get used to the methodology of the exam.

Course materials: Students will use the Reussir le Delf B1 textbook and complementary documents to help them gain proficiency in the four key skill areas.

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to complete exercises at home every week to consolidate their progress in class.

Please note that the examination registration fee is not included in the tuition fees.

Delf B2
Fluent (B2)
3h/week over 10 weeks
Tue | 6.00pm – 9.00pm or Sat | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
£350 (£315 early booking discount)
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Up to 15 students
Tue | 6.00pm – 9.00pm
14 Jan - 17 Mar 2020
24 Mar - 09 Jun 2020
Sat | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
18 Jan - 21 Mar 2020
28 Mar - 13 Jun 2019
No class on 11/04 and 09/05

For those wishing to obtain a diploma of B2-level proficiency in the French language.

Tutor: The teacher has been teaching exams’ classes for a long time and is a corrector, examiner and DELF/DALF tutor.

Aims: To develop oral and written comprehension and expression in order to facilitate success in the DELF B2 exam.

Teaching approach: Students will practise the four skills and will get used to the methodology of the exam.

Course materials: Students will use the Reussir le Delf B2 (Didier) textbook and complementary documents to help them gain proficiency in the four key skill areas.

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to complete exercises at home every week to consolidate their progress in class.

Please note that the examination registration fee is not included in the tuition fees.

Dalf C1
Expert (C1)
3h/week over 10 weeks
Wed | 6.00pm – 9.00pm or Sat | 1.30pm – 4.30pm
£350 (£315 early booking discount)
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Up to 15 students
Wed | 6.00pm – 9.00pm
15 Jan - 18 Mar 2020
25 Mar - 03 Jun 2020
Sat | 1.30pm – 4.30pm
18 Jan - 21 Mar 2020
28 Mar - 13 Jun 2020

For those wishing to obtain a diploma of C1-level proficiency in the French language.

Tutor: The teacher has many years of experience in teaching French as a foreign language as well as Delf & Dalf exams. She is also an examiner of DELF/DALF exams.

Aims: To develop oral and written comprehension and expression in order to prepare for the DALF C1 exam.

Teaching approach: Students will practise the four skills and will get used to the methodology of the exam.

Course materials: Students will use ‘LE DELF – 100% RÉUSSITE’ textbook and complementary documents to help them gain proficiency in the four key skill areas. ISBN : 9782278087945

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to complete exercises at home every week to consolidate their progress in class.

Please note that the examination registration fee is not included in the tuition fees.

Business French (B2)
Fluent (B2)
3h/week over 10 weeks
Sat | 10.00am - 1.00pm
£350 (£315 early booking discount)
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Up to 15 students
18 Jan - 21 Mar 2020
28 Mar - 13 June 2020
17 Oct - 19 Dec 2020

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.

 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.

Advanced Business French (C1)
Expert (C1)
2h/week over 15 weeks
Wed | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
£350 (£315 early booking discount)
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Up to 15 students
15 Jan - 29 Apr 2020 ( no class on 8th April 2020)
06 May -12 Aug 2020
09 Sept - 16 Dec 2020

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/

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