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French Courses for Business in Durham

SIMON & SIMON’s team of qualified French speaking teachers have on average 15 years of experience. Professionals and private individuals from across the UK have benefitted from SIMON & SIMON’s French language courses, all of which are tailored to each candidate’s level of experience.

The Communicative Approach

Our French language tutors are consistently receiving outstanding feedback from our clients.

Each candidate is equipped with a specific profile of the experience and background of their French tutor before they start the course.

Modern language teaching is now approached much differently to how you may remember, the experience is now considered a far more fun and rewarding one. We use The Communicative Approach, where your French language teacher will conduct your lessons almost entirely in French, this will allow for progression to be made from your very first lesson. Soon enough, you will have the confidence to start using your French skills in social and business situations.

Our French Language Courses in Durham

1:1 and Group French Courses in Durham

French Courses from us can be run for groups or individuals. While many of our clients offer their employees French courses on a 1:1 basis, group sessions can also be excellent value. Group sessions, however, do require planning and commitment from the participants and we recommend that no more than 6 people participate in a group. As 1:1 lessons can be tailored to an individual’s needs, strengths and weaknesses, learning French in Durham on a 1:1 basis will give quicker progress.

French Course Management

Every SIMON & SIMON French Language Course is overseen by one of our highly experienced Account Managers, all of whom are multi-lingual. At the start of your French Language Course we will send you a profile on your trainer, followed by a Course Plan and relevant course materials, and then a Progress Report after every 40 hours of training.

French Course Locations & Schedules

French Language Courses have been run by SIMON & SIMON in many locations. Our global network of language trainers means that any major city in the UK, Europe, and beyond can host your French Language Course. We can arrange your French language lessons in your own home, but many of our clients like to run them in their offices so as to minimise travel. Residential full-time French Language Courses are also available. Our office can discuss available locations with you.

Durham French Course Schedules

We run our French Language Courses in Durham all through the year. Many of our students, if work commitments allow, will attend more than one session weekly, and the vast majority take part in least one 90-minute lesson weekly. We also arrange weekend French courses on request. Our French programs commence from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. Intensive 30 hour per week French Language Courses, held on clients’ premises or at residential centres in the UK or abroad, are also available on a 6 hours per day basis, Monday through Friday.

French Course Content

The French language course that you undertake will be customised for your French level and personal goals. Before you start the course, we will speak to you about your desired focus and assess you French level. You may have little or no experience of French and only want basic conversational skills or you may be more proficient and desire more fluency with which to discuss business. You may want to raise your French skills for use in meetings and negotiations or rather develop increased comprehension and pronunciation skills. Whatever your objectives, our French language trainers are highly experienced, and you can be confident that your personalised French course will help you to meet your goals quickly.

French Language Examination Courses

SIMON & SIMON also assists in preparation for French examinations, whether for business or personal qualification. We believe that our 95% pass rate for language examinations is a reflection of our policy of working with French teachers in Durham who possess above average experience. Registration for and administration of French examinations, along with the issuing of results certificates are all provided by SIMON & SIMON.

About French

French is a Romance language spoken as a first language by around 136 million people worldwide. A total of 500 million speak it as either a first, second, and foreign language. Moreover, some 200 million people learn French as a foreign language. French speaking communities are present in 56 countries and territories. Most native speakers of the language live in France, the rest live essentially in Canada, particularly Quebec, a minority in New Brunswick and Maine, as well as Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg and Louisiana. Most second-language speakers of French live in Francophone Africa, arguably exceeding the number of native speakers.

About Durham

Durham is a city in the North East of England. It is within the County Durham local government district, and is the county town of the larger ceremonial county. It lies to the south of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Chester-le-Street and Sunderland and to the north of Darlington. Durham is well known for its Norman Cathedral and 11th-century castle, and is home to Durham University. HM Prison Durham is also located close to the city centre. Archeological evidence suggests a history of settlement in the area since roughly 2000 BC. The present city can clearly be traced back to AD 995, when a group of monks from Lindisfarne chose the strategic high peninsula as a place to settle with the body of Saint Cuthbert, that had previously lain in Chester-le-Street, founding a church there. Local legend states that the city was founded in A.D. 995 by divine intervention. The 12th-century chronicler, Symeon of Durham, recounts that after wandering in the north, Saint Cuthbert’s bier miraculously came to a halt at the hill of Warden Law and, despite the effort of the congregation, would not move. Aldhun, Bishop of Chester-le-Street and leader of the order, decreed a holy fast of three days, accompanied by prayers to the saint. Saint Bede recounts that during this fast, Saint Cuthbert appeared to the monk Eadmer with instructions that the coffin should be taken to Dun Holm.

Whether you’re learning a language for the first time or are looking to develop your existing language skills, call SIMON & SIMON today on +44 (0)20 7821 0999 to discuss the best language training course for you.

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