Courses & Formats

“Ariane Languages’ tailored courses in business French, Italian, and Spanish have proven a trusted tool for our associates to develop or perfect their skills in a second, third, or sometimes fourth language. Ariane’s flexible approach to developing and scheduling these courses has worked well with the highly variable schedule of our associates.”

Bernard de Backer, BancBoston Capital, UK office

General courses

General courses provide a balanced instruction in the language. They build fluency, vocabulary, grammar/accuracy and comprehension. The courses include a variety of up to date materials relating to everyday life, current affairs and culture.

Refresher courses

You may have learnt for instance French in the past but not practised for a number of years. These short courses (typically 10 weeks) will help you regain your true level, upon which you can start building, or then join a group at a suitable level.

Business courses

These courses focus on the learner’s particular commercial activity and work context.

They teach you to master oral and written communication with clients or foreign partners and help you understand the socio-economic context of the country.

They give the learner confidence in using the language in business situations. They can include training in telephone skills, understanding technical literature, in business negotiations, in making presentations, and in mastering specialised terminology.

Until you have reached an advanced level, they will often be combined with general language instruction to reach the required level of overall fluency.

Short course prior to a presentation or a business trip

These courses will be most suitable for people who have reached an Upper Intermediate or Advanced level in the language but need to increase practice and confidence prior to a presentation or a business trip. They are typically organized on the basis of three 3 hour sessions or four 2 hour sessions.

Courses aimed at sitting an external qualification

Ariane Languages has long experience in preparing its clients for formal qualifications. These include qualifications with a business focus, such as some OCR examinations. Other qualifications, such as the DELF, DALF, DELE and JLPT examinations, require only a general knowledge of the language.

These formal qualifications can give the client an objective outside yardstick against which to measure the effectiveness of the language training.