Business French Lessons/ Beginner Level

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Do you need to speak French at work or are you planning to work in France or in a French-speaking country? Then this course is for you!

What topics will we cover?


Here is 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.

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Greeting someone (formal/ informal speech)
  • Talking about your profession/ family
  • Asking questions
  • Expressing likes/ dislikes
  • Saying your age/ asking about someone’s age / numbers
  • Expressing frequency
  • Filling in a form
  • Talking about yourself
  • Writing a cheque
  • Talking about the weather/ small talks
  • Making a telephone call/ answering a call.
  • Writing an email
  • Expressing cause and effect
  • Asking someone to do something
  • Expressing obligations
  • Expressing a wish
  • Telling the time
  • Asking for information
  • Asking for/ giving directions
  • Booking a train ticket/ taking the public transports
  • Talking about future actions
  • Booking a hotel bedroom
  • Understanding estate agencies ads/ describing a place
  • Expressing an opinion
  • Expressing nuances
  • Writing a formal letter
  • Talking about past events.

Skills Work:

  • Lots of speaking/active practice
  • Role-plays
  • Lots of listening
  • Pronunciation (key sounds, liaisons).

Cultural content:

  • Business etiquette
  • Formal/ informal speech
  • 10 most successful French companies
  • Telephone etiquette.


  • Most common regular and irregular verbs/ present tense
  • Indefinite/ definite articles
  • Adjective of nationalities
  • Nouns of professions
  • Questions (formal/ informal)
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Negation
  • Tonic pronouns
  • Place prepositions
  • Personal pronouns
  • Express a cause
  • Time indicators
  • Ordinal numbers
  • There is/ there are: il y a
  • Near future
  • Adjectives to describe a person
  • Expressing quantities
  • Past tense: passé compose
  • Past time indicators
  • Direct/ indirect pronouns.

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

Material: teacher’s own material, selected texts & newspaper articles, real life documents, comic strips, online material, PP slides. It is possible to use a textbook if you wish to do so, we can talk about it.

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.