Listen & Learn has qualified, native-speaking French teachers available in Birmingham to provide a personalised French language course for you or your group. Your teacher will carry out tailor-made lessons in your home or office, at the time that is most convenient for you - weekdays or weekends; morning, afternoon or evening. For busy individuals, we offer very flexible options for timetabling. Course books are provided for all of our course options, which are outlined below:
Everybody can benefit from our general French courses - they endeavour to give the learner fluency in general French conversation, whether through learning the basics or improving existing skills. General courses concentrate mainly on sharpening up grammar and vocabulary, and aim to expand the ability to speak, read and listen French with full comprehension. These courses will be most suitable for those who want to improve their French to a practicable level, or as a basis for a business French course.
Our French group courses are targeted for sets of 2-12 people, all of whom have the same requirements from learning French. Everybody should be at about the same level at the start of the course, and the entire group should be able to meet at the same time and place each week. Grammar and vocabulary form the backbone of the general course, helping the student gain fluency in conversational topics whilst increasing their overall working French knowledge. For groups who wish to engage in further French study, the general course is an excellent starting point.
Our business courses cater to learners with a decent general knowledge of French but would like to expand their skills for use in the business world. Courses are, as always, completely tailormade for the relevant industry and skill sets (e.g. business correspondence, writing reports etc.). One-to-one business courses are perfect for professionals hoping to develop their current French skills, especially those working for multinational corporations, preparing to work from abroad, or looking for overseas employment.
Group business French courses are intended for small groups (of 2 to 12 students) who already have a working knowledge of French, and want to extend their skills in the arena of business language. Your group should have approximately the same level of French, whether that be intermediate, upper intermediate, or advanced. You should all be available at the same time every week, and have complementary learning aims. Your trainer will develop your course around your group's language goals and particular field of business, and can incorporate any specific areas of focus, such as improving negotiation or presentation skills. Group business language courses are suitable for a wide range of organisations, including multinational companies, and those whose employees require a higher level of French to develop international business relationships.
Specific purposes French courses are a great boon to people who have already studied French and wish to develop certain facets of their French skills. This can include an array of helpful guidance, including the following:
• Vocabulary related to the industry (legal, HR, engineering, accounting, medical etc.)
• Accent softening and elocution
• Expanding upon existing aspects (writing, speaking, listening, reading etc.)
• Language for travelling
• Communication skills in business (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Writing skills in business (e.g. reports, business correspondence, proposals)
• Historical and cultural sensitivity
If your group of 2-12 French learners require the same set of particular skills as well as a standard language course, our specific purpose group French courses can really help make a difference. So long as the whole group is at about the same stage of learning French, we can help improve their overall understanding by arranging classes focusing on improving the following:
• Elocution and softening of native accent
• Improving specific skills (writing, comprehension, listening, etc.)
• Language for international travel
• Business communication skills (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Business writing skills (e.g. reports, business correspondence, proposals)
• Vocabulary for relevant industry (e.g. medical, legal, HR, engineering, accounting)
• Cultural and historical sensitivity
"I needed to learn some French because I'll be relocating to Canada next year. My Business French course was great - my teacher was real professional, and if I had any questions she was happy to answer them. Can't believe how quickly I got into it."
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