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 comprehension: become able to understand most press articles about the subjects studied in class
Written production: become 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 subjects: Some 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:
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£315 early booking discount