French for Business (level B1) Diplôme de français professionnel

french-businessYou 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.

Diplômes de Français Professionnel AffairesB1 - (DFP Affaires B1)

This 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 a 10-week training plus internationally recognized 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 & listening aptitude. A pass in each of the examined skills is required. The cost of the exam is below.

Timetable NEW COURSE 2020

This course will start in February 2020. 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 April 2020.

Tuesdays 6 - 8 pm
●  Term 2: 10 weeks (40 learning hours), starting 4 February 2020

Course and Exam Fees

● Full course tuition fee 10 weeks: £150* (40 learning hours), February to April 2020
Exam is due to take place week commencing 20 April 2020

This course will be taught in a small group: Minimum 6 and maximum 14 students.

*Includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts but not a textbook.

● Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) et Diplômes de français professionnel (DFP) B1 Exam fee: € 80**

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

Term 2 timetable

DateLesson number
Tuesday 4 February 2020 1
Tuesday 11 February 2020 2
Tuesday 18 February 2020 3
Tuesday 3 March 2020 4
Tuesday 10 March 202 5
Tuesday 17 March 2020 6
Tuesday 24 March 2020 7
Tuesday 31 March 2020 8
Tuesday 7 April 2020 9
Tuesday 21 April 2020 10
Wednesday 22, Thursdays 23 and/or Friday 24 April 2020 Exam

Payment and enrolment is done online - please click the enrol now button to register and to go through to the registration process.

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Entry level

You have reached the level B1 in full or completed the Upper-intermediate (level 4) 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

Intended Learning Outcomes

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”

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.

Transferable skills

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
problem solving
and more...

Induction Session

A free induction session on the French for Business course and its accreditation will be delivered by Corinne Pelton.

Induction TBC soon

Venue: TBC soon

To confirm your participation in this event please send us an email to, with the subject: "French for Business -  Induction session 2020".

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2019-2020 Term Dates

Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

Monday 7 October – Saturday 14 December 2019

Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

Monday 20 January – Saturday 28 March 2020

Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

Monday 27 April – Saturday 4 July 2020

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 15 – Friday 26 June 2020

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