Professional French

Our Professional French training will help you target the French speaking market and boost significantly your CV. Native experienced teacher will take care of your learning and take you the next level of your career!

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Economy, Business and Finance
Intermediate to Expert (B1 to 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 6th April 2020)

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.

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Legal French
Fluent (B2)
2h/week over 15 weeks
Thu | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
£350 (£315 early booking discount)
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Up to 15 students
16 Jan - 30 Apr 2020
10 Sep - 17 Dec 2020
7 May - 13 Aug 2020
10 Sep - 17 Dec 2020

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).

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 Juridique Level B2 of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry with one session per year in May. The Language Centre of the Institut Français in London is also an examination centre for this diploma. For more information about this option see http://www.francais.cci-paris-idf.fr/dfp-juridique-b2./

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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CROSS CULTURAL TRAINING: LIVING AND WORKING IN FRANCE
Fluent to Master (B2 to C2)
2h/week over 15 weeks
Tue | 6.30pm - 8.30pm
£350 (£315 early booking discount)
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up to 15 students
14 Jan - 28 Apr 2020

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 2019: Some resources provided by the tutor (you may be asked to buy a book in the first class).

Courses may be cancelled if there is an insufficient number of students enrolled. We encourage our students to register at least five days in advance.

Except for Young Learners courses, all classes are for students aged 18 and over.

Students should consider their personal commitments and circumstances that may prevent attendance before enrolment as missed classes cannot be taken at another time.