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)
Thu | 6.00pm – 9.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 early booking discount)

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

Tutor: Audrey Martin 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.

17 Jan - 21 Mar 2019
28 Mar - 06 Jun 2019
03 Oct - 5 Dec 2019
Delf B2
Fluent (B2)
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 early booking discount)

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.

Tue | 6.00pm – 9.00pm
15 Jan - 19 Mar 2019
26 Mar - 04 Jun 2019
01 Oct - 03 Dec 2019
Sat | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
19 Jan - 23 Mar 2019
30 Mar - 15 Jun 2019
over 8 weeks only £274 (no early booking discount)
05 Oct - 07 Dec 2019
Dalf C1
Expert (C1)
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 early booking discount)

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 the Réussir le Dalf C1 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.

Wed | 6.00pm – 9.00pm
16 Jan - 20 Mar 2019
27 Mar - 05 Jun 2019
Sat | 1.30pm – 4.30pm
19 Jan - 23 Mar 2019
30 Mar - 15 Jun 2019
over 9 weeks only £308 (no early booking discount)
19 Oct - 21 Dec 2019
Business French (B2)
Fluent (B2)
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 early booking discount)

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 2 sessions each year: January and May. The Language Centre of Institut Français in London is also an examination centre for this diploma.

Mon | 6.30pm - 8.30pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
07 Jan - 15 Apr 2019
Sat | 10.00am - 1.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
19 Jan - 23 Mar 2019
30 Mar - 15 June 2019
19 Oct - 21 Dec 2019
Revise your DELF B2
Fluent (B2)
Tue | 10.00am to 1.00pm
15 hours over 5 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£155 (no early booking discount)

Tutor: Christiane di Matteo has three masters’ degrees’ a post-master’s: English; Literary Translations ; French as a Foreign Language ; and Language Engineering. She’s been teaching exams’ classes for a long time. She is a corrector, examiner and DELF/DALF tutor.

Aims: In this class, you will familiarize yourself with specific exam formats, question styles and examiners’ expectations.

Teaching approach: Each session offers ample opportunities to develop the practical skills you need to perform better in formal exam situations.

Course materials: Students will be asked to download custom resources specifically chosen for this course. The teacher will provide complimentary documents to help students 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.

10 Sep - 08 Oct 2019
Business French (C1)
Expert (C1)
Wed | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£343 (£308 early booking discount)

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

This course is aimed at executives working or looking to work with French colleagues/business partners or students with a good general level in French wishing to develop and expand their Business French terminology while discovering the French business language and culture and discussing current business subjects. It is also aimed at learners wishing to certify their level in Business French with a widely recognized diploma.

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 their work environment. It will also help them expanding their business terminology.

At the end of the course students should have a good understanding of French business culture, being able to discuss current business topics more confidently and with accuracy and to produce written documents (formal business letters, e-mails, minutes, reports) at a professional level. It is looking to make learners progress and acquire skills according to criteria specified by the CEFR – C1 Level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) applied to business language.

Reading comprehension: become able to understand most of any written document (press articles, written correspondence, reports, contracts..)

Written production: become able to draft and present ideas, marketing materials 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 good level fluency about business/economic subjects, to resolve commercial transactions efficiently, to make presentations and to write and present a pitch using negotiation techniques confidently to an audience.

Course subjects: The course subjects are the ones included in the programme preparing for the Diplôme de Français Professionnel Affaires C1 of The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

 1 – Business environment and current issues:

  • The French social, institutional, macro- and microeconomic, consumer/market environment
  • Industry sectors and main stakeholders
  • The legal framework and life of French companies (from their formation to their dissolution) various types of companies and their contracts with business partners.
  • The banking system and financial markets
  • Insurance & pensions
  • The Social security and tax systems

2- Business day-to-day

  • Human resources (life of employees from their recruitment to termination of their work contract)
  • Management and development strategy of businesses
  • Sales, marketing, sales administration, advertising
  • Corporate finance and accounting
  • Technology and logistics
  • Exports and international development

 Teaching approach: The course is based on a communicative approach so the learner will be encouraged to interact and participate actively during classes and research subjects 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 Level applied to business language.

Course material: There is no specific manual for this course but several will be recommended like Le Vocabulaire progressif du français des affaires (J.L. Penfornis) as a base for the course. Other materials will be used including case studies, contracts, written correspondence, press articles… illustrating the course subjects. They will be discussed, analysed, summarized or translated in class. Internet, audio/video materials on political, economic and legal current affairs will also be used as a base for listening comprehension and discussion.

Student’s involvement: Students will be asked to participate 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.

Self-study and writing assignments between classes will also be recommended (writing summaries of documents, producing business correspondence like e-mails or formal letters…), reading relevant articles/materials and watching/listening to business programmes in the news to become familiar with the French business environment and culture.

Task-based projects: Some activities will include the study of business cases and presenting/suggesting solutions while using business negotiation techniques and demonstrating a professional approach or writing and presenting a pitch for new product.

Certification: Students who wish to have their level certified at the end of the course will have the option of taking an exam:  the DFP Professionnel Affaires C1 (new format) of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry with 2 sessions each year: January and May.

The course will be spread over 2 sessions of 15 weeks to complete the programme. The Language Centre of Institut Français in London is also an examination centre for this diploma.

Read more about the Professional French Exams

09 Jan - 17 Apr 2019
11 Sep - 18 Dec 2019
01 May - 07 Aug 2019