Languages at Leicester

French for Business (Level B1)

French FlagThis training in French for Business at B1 level (CEFR) is accredited by Chambre de commerce et d’Industrie de Paris Île-de-France. The course entails 10 week training plus internationally recognised accreditation. The training enables learners to acquire vocabulary and develop communicative skills to function effectively within a business context. The assessment evaluates the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening aptitude. A pass in each of the examined skills is required. 

 Key information

Courses starting January 2024

  • Course: Tuesdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 23 January - ends 26 March 2024
    Lengths: 10 weeks (40 learning hours)
    Fees: £150*

This course will be taught in a small group. It requires a minimum of 7 and it can have up to a maximum of 14 students. *The course fee includes all tuition, access to Blackboard, handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook. 

This course will start in January 2024. It comprises 40 learning hours over 10 lessons - one term. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. Learners are also expected to do a minimum of two extra hours a week of independent study (through homework and online readings and exercises). The course will be completed by the end of March 2024. The exam will take place at the end of the course.

The cost of the exam ‘Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) et Diplômes de français professionnel (DFP)’ B1 Exam fee is € 90**

**The exam fee is expressed in Euros and it is subject to exchange rates and updates from CCI Paris Ile-de-France).

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Entry level

You are welcome to  join in this course if you have reached the full B1 level in French in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to an A-Level grade A or B) and/or completed the Upper-intermediate Level 4 course or you have enough knowledge to be on track with the group.

You can use the ELP self-assessment grid to judge how competent you are in the language. Alternatively, if you require help to assess your level please contact us or come along to one of our drop-in sessions.

Course content

  • Meet new colleagues
  • Job interview 
  • Talk about your professional experience, and motivations
  • Telecommunication
  • Create a market research
  • Organise a business event

This course prepares learners to develop their competences in the French Speaking business world. By the end of the 10 weeks, learners will be able to:

  • Handle confidently situations with clients/colleagues.
  • Organise an event for any type of business
  • Write reports 
  • Analyse and present various data
  • Plan and organise diaries in the professional environment
  • Deepen and further develop their business lexical knowledge
  • Act and react in a professional environment
  • Reinforce their language proficiency through situations and “tool boxes”

While learning languages you will also (further) develop a range of useful skills applicable to other areas: social life, work and education. Transferable skills are incredibly valuable to employers as they can demonstrate what you can bring to a role, how you would fit within a team and better portray previous experiences. Moreover, transferable skills can help you to demonstrate why you are the right candidate for a job, even if you lack experience. Some of the skills students develop while learning languages are:

  • cultural awareness
  • open mindedness
  • language proficiency
  • information handling
  • communication skills: presentations discussions and debates participation
  • better memory
  • flexibility and adaptability
  • multitasking
  • problem solving


Resources are provided by the tutor.

Our approach

This course is taught in French. Our programme aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary and grammar structures of the French language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of French language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise the four skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Group numbers are limited to 14 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

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