Business French/ Upper Intermediate Level

3 blue skyscrapersImprove your lower-intermediate French by developing speaking and listening skills and acquiring a greater understanding of French grammar.

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:

  • Talking about a task
  • Welcoming someone new in the company and introducing him/her to the others
  • Taking part in a informal conversation on daily life
  • Advising someone
  • Taking part in a meeting
  • Describing an action plan
  • Talking about work conditions
  • Discussing a project
  • Talking and describing an object
  • Describing and praising a service
  • Describing a project
  • Writing a simple code/ charter
  • Discussing the news
  • Leaving a voicemail
  • Organizing a business trip
  • Reacting when facing a difficulty
  • Writing a formal email/ letter
  • Reporting an event
  • Talking about your work experience and motivations.


  • Present tense: revision
  • Present continuous
  • Past tense to express a past habit
  • Past tenses: revision/ use of passé composé and imparfait
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Personal pronouns
  • Imperative tense
  • Futures
  • Conditional present (to make a polite request or talk about an hypothesis)
  • Hypothesis: Si+ present/ Si+ imparfait
  • Reflexive verbs: reciprocity
  • Pronoun « en »
  • Pronoun «  y »
  • Superlatives
  • Pronoun « dont »
  • Pronoun « où »
  • Adjectives : words order
  • Impersonal expressions + infinitive
  • Adjectives tout/ toute
  • Indirect speech/ present tense
  • Indefinite pronouns (quelqu’un/personne/ quelque chose/ rien)
  • Present/conditional + infinitive (to suggest or express a wish)
  • Past participle agreement.

Skills Work:

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

Cultural content:

  • Paid holidays in France
  • September: la rentrée!
  • Formal/ Informal speech
  • Working in France: some expatriates talk about their lives in France
  • Pay slips explained
  • Publicity
  • Business ethic

 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.