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Professional French

Professional French Courses aim to help students with Intermediate to Mastery (B1 to C2) levels to develop their language skills and techniques for the specific, internationally recognised exams (Diploma of Professional French) of the French Chamber of Commerce.

Book two 2018 courses on the same day and get £50 off your second course! (£620 in total)
This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

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.
  • For more information about our level structure, please see Your Path to Success.
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Economy, Business and Finance
Intermediate to Fluent (B1 to B2)
Tue | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£335 (£301.50 early booking discount)

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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16 Jan - 03 May 2018
Legal French
Fluent (B2)
Thu | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
up to 15 students
South Kensington
£335 (£301.50 early booking discount)

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 two sessions each year: January and June. 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./

18 Jan - 03 May 2018
Business French (B2)
Fluent (B2)
Sat | 10.00am - 1.00pm
30 hours over 10 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£335 (£301.50 early booking discount)

For students with a B2/fluent level of French who wish to focus on expanding their vocabulary whilst improving their oral and written skills in administrative and commercial situations.

Tutor: Catherine Jacob has many years’ experience in teaching French as a foreign language including French for professional purposes.

 Aims: to develop various skills including writing authentic day-to-day documents while studying thematic terminology.

 Teaching approach: the course will concentrate on the acquisition of specialist vocabulary and knowledge of the French working environment including:

– how companies operate (types, sectors, evolution, culture etc.)
– the recruitment process
– dealing with day to day tasks and issues
– marketing products or services
– dealing with clients, suppliers, transporters, banks, insurers, etc.
– discussing socio-economic issues
– writing professional documents: emails, letters, summaries, reports, minutes of meetings

Group and individual oral and written feedback will be provided throughout the course.

 Students involvement: active participation in various activities and discussions, regular learning of vocabulary, completion of homework.

 Course book: vocabulaire progressif du français des affaires (Cle International)

 Progression: to the Economy, Business and Finance course.

13 Jan - 17 Mar 2018
24 Mar - 09 Jun 2018
Business French (C1)
Expert (C1)
Wed | 7.00pm - 9.00pm
30 hours over 15 weeks
Up to 15 students
South Kensington
£335 (£301.50 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.

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17 Jan - 02 May 2018