• The Open University

Intermediate French: Working in the French-Speaking World

Improve your French language skills to understand job seeking and training opportunities.

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
  • 100% online

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Explore the possibilities of working or studying in French-speaking Europe

On this four-week course, you’ll focus on the language needed to help you secure a job or training in French-speaking Europe.

You’ll develop your skills to understand job adverts, CVs, and application letters in French, increasing your knowledge of the vocabulary required to apply for jobs, work placements, or study programmes.

Learn to use the future tense by listening to authentic French speakers

You’ll listen to two French people talk about employment prospects for the younger generation. Analysing this audio, you’ll review the formation of the future tense and its use to express hypotheses and predictions.

You’ll also focus on attitudes to work in France and listen to people explaining whether they are happy in their work and the reasons for this.

Examine work culture in French-speaking Europe

Using a case study about cross-border working, you’ll compare the work cultures of France and neighbouring French-speaking countries, Belgium and Switzerland - countries with plurilingual and multicultural working environments.

Finally, you’ll explore how you can improve your language skills further, uncovering the wider benefits of spending time abroad. You’ll think about what you could do on a language trip to France or a French-speaking country and consider the advantages and disadvantages of studying or working there.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the opportunities to work and train in French-speaking Europe. You’ll also have developed your ability to understand authentic spoken French and become more familiar with features of French pronunciation, helping you improve your own spoken French in a range of contexts.

What topics will you cover?

  • Talking about the future 
  • CVs and covering letters of application 
  • French people’s attitudes to work 
  • Different workplace cultures in French-speaking countries 
  • Opportunities for and benefits of living, working and studying in a French-speaking country 

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop your ability to understand written and spoken French
  • Increase your ability to communicate in French through speech and writing
  • Consolidate your understanding of areas of French grammar
  • Increase your receptive and productive French vocabulary
  • Develop your confidence to apply for professional or study opportunities in French-speaking countries

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those who are at Level A2, working towards Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Learners should feel confident to use the language in most situations likely to arise while travelling in French-speaking countries.

The OU’s language ExpertTracks are designed to help you progress with each one you study.

Learners would benefit from having completed Intermediate French: La Francophonie (People, Places and Events) before taking this ExpertTrack.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Bill Alder is an Associate Lecturer in French at The Open University and has contributed to numerous French language modules. He has a special interest in French-language crime fiction.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

About this ExpertTrack

Improve your French language skills and explore life in France, Belgium, and Switzerland, focusing on work and leisure time.

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After your free trial you can:

  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
  • Complete online assessments to test your knowledge and prove your skills
  • Earn digital course certificates and a final award that you can share online, with potential employers, and your professional network
  • Keep access to the content of courses you complete even after your subscription ends

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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