Programme Cultural training course

The sample syllabus below is designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a typical course. It is flexible rather than prescriptive, in that it would be adapted to your specific level, aims and interests.

A language cannot be learnt in isolation, and therefore you will also work on your command of general language skills. As part of this, you will take a systematic approach to grammar, vocabulary development, and skills work.

The topics/vocabulary won’t necessarily be studied in this order.


Cultural content:

  • Everyday conventions: greetings, formal/informal French, punctuality, making phone calls, meals, etc
  • Body language/gestures
  • National traditions/customs
  • French gastronomy
  • French industry/ economy: tourism, luxury goods industry, fashion, architecture etc
  • French culture: French painters, writers, cinema
  • The country: geography/ climates
  • Local traditions/ cuisine
  • Institutions
  • Demography,
  • Education system
  • Health system
  • French history
  • French music
  • French overseas departments/ territories
  • National traditions/customs
  • The French speaking world: la Francophonie.
  • The French media
  • The French monuments


Different ways of doing business:

  • ‘Do’s & Taboos’
  • Job hunting
  • Communication styles
  • Meetings and negotiations
  • Teamwork and managing disagreement
  • Business etiquette and working practices
  • Holiday & leave
  • Social Life: hospitality and entertaining
  • Salary & benefits
  • Dealing with culture shock
  • Country profiling.


Material: teacher’s own material, selected texts & newspaper articles, real life documents, comic strips, online material, PP slides.

All the lessons are truly tailor made courses and customisable. I will listen to you and adapt and modify them where and when appropriate. 


To discuss your needs or course content, please contact me.