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Professional French Diploma for Business

The Professional French Diploma for Business will enable you to certify that you are able to use oral and written French in an effective manner in the principal situations of professional communication, and that you are fully prepared to handle the interpersonal, administrative and commercial aspects of company business.

Who is it for?

Any students or professionals who work in French or will be required to communicate in French in a professional context, and wish to validate their acquired knowledge with a diploma.

This diploma is intended in particular for company staff or government personnel working in any position requiring them to communicate with French-speaking contacts orally or in writing.

Applicants must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Be 16 years old or older,
  • Be able to read and write. At least a secondary-level education is recommended.
  • Be able to enter text on a computer and use a mouse to click or
    move items,
  • Have at least a theoretical knowledge of the realities of the professional world.

Examples of activities and topics covered

Activities: Complete a form, comment on a graph, write a note, write a report, meet and inform a client, present your professional background, present an argument to a decision maker.

Themes: Professional world, business, social, economic and commercial contexts, negotiations.

Detailed description of Diplomas by level

French for Business offers five Professional French Diplomas for Business, from level A1 to C1, the DFP B1, and two Professional Secretarial French Diplomas at levels B1 and B2:

Business A1

Level

The Professional French Diploma for Business A1 validates competence in French at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It represents approximately 60 – 80 hours of study.

It certifies elementary competence in French: the holder of this diploma can understand and express him or herself in the simplest and commonest professional and social situations in a familiar context in order to carry out very simple professional tasks.

 

Skills evaluated

Understanding and processing information:

The candidate can understand the essential elements of very simple written professional documents in order to carry out professional tasks.

He/she can understand the essential aspects of a short, predictable message – face to face or over the telephone – in order to carry out very simple professional tasks.

The candidate can write very short, standardised messages relating to common social and professional activities.

Communicating orally:

The candidate can establish very simple social and professional contacts and communicate in order to carry out professional tasks in a limited number of known or predictable situations.

 

Evaluation

Understanding and processing information

Duration

Process written information

1: Locate yourself in your working environment

45 mins.

2: Manage your diary

3: Create a product description sheet

4: Fill in a registration sheet

Process spoken information

5: Note the contents of a telephone call

6: Direct a client or a colleague to the department or article
that he has requested

Communicate in writing

7: Write an e-mail in response to a request

 

Communicating orally

Duration

Activity 1:

Give a colleague information about your schedule

Preparation: 10 mins.

Test: 5 mins.

Activity 2:

Give information to a client

Total duration of evaluation: 60 minutes.

Business A2

Level

The Professional French Diploma for Business A2 validates competence in French at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It represents approximately 120 – 150 hours of study.

It certifies elementary competence in French: the holder of this diploma can understand and express himself in order to carry out communication tasks in very simple, commonly-encountered social and professional situations.

Skills evaluated

Understanding and processing information:

The candidate can understand the essential elements of simple written professional documents in order to carry out simple, common professional tasks.

He/she can write short, familiar messages relating to common social and professional activities.

He/she can understand the essential aspects of a short, predictable message face to face or over the telephone, when it is within the scope of his/her usual professional experience.

Communicating orally:

The candidate can, using simple language, establish social contact, describe his/her experience and activities, exchange factual information, express an opinion or a preference, ask questions, etc., in a limited number of practical situations on common and familiar subjects.

 Evaluation

Understanding and processing information

Duration

Process written information

1: Fill in a company information sheet

45 mins.

2: Write a document presenting a product

3: Fill in an order form

4: Select a job offer that corresponds to what you are seeking

Process spoken information

5: Modify a diary on the basis of information provided

6: Note down instructions

Communicate in writing

7: Write an e-mail in response to a proposal

 

Communicating orally

Duration

Activity 1:

Answer a client’s questions about a product

Preparation: 10 mins.

Test: 5 mins.

Activity 2:

Present your education and work experience

Total duration of evaluation: 60 minutes.

Business B1

Level

The Professional French Diploma for Business B1 validates competence in French at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It represents approximately 250 hours of study.

It certifies competence in French at an independent level, enabling the user to understand and express himself in common social and professional situations.

The holder of this diploma can carry out common types of professional communication in a familiar context.

Skills evaluated

Understanding and processing information:

The candidate can understand the essential elements of simple, common professional reports, texts and documents.

He/she can understand the essential elements of a message that is predictable (in form and content), face to face or over the telephone, within the scope of his/her professional experience.

The candidate can take elements that are suppled and organise them in a given format, write common types of messages related to familiar social and professional activities.

Communicating orally:

The candidate can take part in exchanges about familiar topics in his/her professional context, describe what he/she is doing, exchange factual information, discuss an option and provide explanations in practical situations concerning known topics.

Evaluation

Understanding and processing information

Duration

Process written information

1: Comment on a diagram

1h 15 mins.

2: Provide a suitable response in a problematical situation

3: Book exhibition space at a salon on the basis of given instructions

4: Fill in a project summary sheet, draw operational conclusions from given information

Process spoken information

5: Organise notes

6: Transmit the contents of a message from a client, and some instructions, to a colleague

7: Write an e-mail in response to a request, taking into account complementary information

Communicate in writing

8: Write a letter of application

 

Communicating orally

Duration

Activity 1:

Present job candidates’ career histories and justify your choice to the management team

Preparation: 20 mins.

Test: 10 mins.

Activity 2:

Present your arguments to a decision-maker / client at an interview / sales pitch

Total duration of evaluation: 1h 45 minutes.

Business B2

Level

The Professional French Diploma for Business B2 validates competence in French at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It represents approximately 350 hours of study.

It certifies competence in French at an independent level, enabling the user to communicate effectively in wide range of professional situations.

The holder of this diploma can communicate professionally, orally and in writing, in all the standard situations in his professional environment, including those requiring the management of a certain degree of unpredictability

Skills evaluated

Understanding and processing information:

The candidate can understand the important details of the majority of professional documents in the company. He/she is able to pick out relevant information from professional documents (reports, instruction manuals, instructions, notes, e-mails, letters, etc.) to act effectively.

He/she can understand long, structured presentations or conversations and take notes in order to write minutes, summaries, reports, etc.

Communicating orally:

The candidate is able to present structured information and relevant arguments to convince his/her interlocutor or audience; he/she can react to other people’s arguments and defend a point of view in formal situations involving presentation or interaction (meetings, round-tables, negotiation, etc.)

Evaluation

Understanding and processing information

Duration

Process written information

1: Write a note / report responding to a problem identified from a written file

2 hours

Process spoken information

2: Write a report of an oral presentation

Communicate in writing

3: Write an e-mail responding to a complaint, taking into account the line manager’s instructions

 

Communicating orally

Duration

Activity 1:

Meet an interlocutor and defend an option in a negotiation

Preparation: 15 mins.

Test: 15 mins.

Activity 2:

Present the report of an activity over a given period to a group of people

 Total duration of evaluation: 2h 30 minutes.

Business C1

Level

The Professional French Diploma for Business C1 validates competence in French at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It represents approximately 500 hours of study.

It certifies competence in French at an experienced level, enabling the user to communicate effectively, precisely and in a manner adapted to his/her interlocutor in all professional situations.

The holder of this diploma can communicate professionally and with ease, orally and in writing, in all the standard situations of his professional environment. He/she can also adapt his/her communication to react effectively to unforeseen situations.

Skills evaluated

Understanding and processing information:

The candidate can understand and process a wide range of long, complex documents, written or oral, precisely identifying the viewpoints and arguments, even implicit, while appreciating nuances of style and tone.

He/she is able to write structured and precise professional documents, nuanced and adapted to their audience, as part of a commercial transaction or in response to a defined problem.

Communicating orally:

The candidate is able to develop rich, precise arguments, to structure his/her speech with refinement and to adapt with flexibility to unforeseen events. He/she can improvise a well-adapted, effective response to a complex or unexpected question. 

Evaluation

Understanding and processing information

Duration

Process written information

1: Write a note / report responding to a problem identified from a written file

2h.

Process spoken information

2: Write the minutes of a round-table meeting at which you were present

Communicate in writing

3: Write an advertorial for a new product

 

Communicating orally

Duration

Activity 1:

Meet an interested client and convince him/her to buy while adhering to the classic phases of commercial negotiation 

Preparation: 15 mins.

Test: 15 mins.

Activity 2:

Provide a spontaneous answer to a question requiring an elaborate response

 Total duration of evaluation: 2h 30 minutes.

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