All of our French teachers are native speakers and appropriately qualified to teach the language at almost any level, keeping in mind your own learning needs and current level. Classes can be held in your Cork home or workplace, and can easily be arranged to fit your schedule. We'll provide your initial text books, all you need to do is decide which of the following available course packages best suits your needs:
Our general French language courses are suitable for learners of any level. They aim to enable communication in everyday situations and are an ideal way to improve your knowledge of French, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned speaker. A general course focuses predominantly on grammar and vocabulary, supported by development of speaking, reading, and listening skills. General courses are ideal if you want to attain or improve on an all-round level of French, or build a strong foundation before moving on to business French training.
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.
With our one-to-one French business courses, you can develop your current French skills to incorporate them effortlessly into your job - perfect for those employed by multinational organisations, moving abroad to work, or in search of employment overseas. Lessons are designed around your sector of industry and field of work, and tutors can aid learners in improving individual skills required by your role, such as giving presentations, writing reports or composing formal written correspondence.
Listen & Learn's group business courses in French are specifically designed to suit small groups (of 2-12 students) who already have a working knowledge of French, but want to focus on language for the business community. Your group should all be at approximately the same language level, have similar learning goals, and be available to study at the same time and location every week. Your teacher will tailormake your course based on the group aims and any specific business communication skills that the group wants to improve, such as negotiation or formal correspondence. Group business French courses are suitable for groups from any private or corporate organisations, for example those who need a higher or more specialised level of French for communication with international colleagues and clients, or those who need to develop particular skills or specialised industry terminology.
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
While your group may be improving their French skills with each lesson, there are many elements of French that go beyond simply knowing the right word, or the right way to phrase something. Our specific purposes French group courses can help you gain skills that increase other facets of your group’s French abilities, including:
• Accent softening / pronunciation
Developing existing aptitude for writing, reading, listening, speaking, etc.
• Language for international travel
• Business communication skills (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Business writing skills (e.g. proposals, reports, formal correspondence)
• Vocabulary for particular industry (e.g. medical, legal, HR, engineering, accounting)
• Understanding historical and cultural context
"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."
Cork factsThe second most populated city in Ireland after Dublin, Cork has a population of around 120,000 and enjoys not only a rich history but a vibrant cultural life - in 2005 it was the European Capital for Culture. The city is famed for its live music venues, night clubs and late-bars; as well as the diverse combination of state-of-the-art shopping centres and family-owned traditional local shops. Cork's main industries are those of pharmaceuticals (most famously for Viagra) and IT (being the European headquarters of Apple Computers).