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for French Speakers of English

Common needs, Individual differences

ESL and Business Communication Training for French Speakers

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Schedule a free 30-minute language and communication consultation for you or your organization - or call 503-231-2906 to learn more.

Over the past 20 years, ProActive English has trained many French-speaking employees working in U.S. or French companies as global IT consultants, management consultants, software developers and operations managers all over the world.

Interestingly, about 60% of English vocabulary comes directly from or via a Romance language, which means that French and English share much common vocabulary.  This also means that speakers of both languages experience many false cognates - words which seem to have the same meaning in the two languages, but don't.  One example is the verb attendre, in French meaning to wait, whereas in English, to attend means to be present at, or to go to.

The French education system has put increasing premium on learning English through the school system and a growing number of French-based companies are having a significant impact on the global economy, so we are seeing more French speakers of English needing high-level English training for employees.

ProActive English has supported through our training many French speakers of English, often with a focus on simulation activities, advanced Business English writing, presenting in English and functioning effectively in meetings and on conference calls, in addition to accent modification and speaking effectively under pressure. 

ProActive English provides remote and onsite customized, group Business English trainings, as well as one-on-one English training sessions, for all types of business and organizations, from healthcare to tech companies, manufacturing to customer service.

Customized ESL Language Training
Our ESL language training for French speakers focuses on speaking and writing skills, including:

  • accent modification and clarity of speech

  • communicating in one-on-one and small group meetings
  • delivering presentations including effective Q&A
  • managing the language and culture of American business settings
  • writing e-mail, reports, and presentations text
  • strategic communication in multicultural teams
  • speaking fluently and confidently under pressure
  • conversational English including common idioms

Benefits of ESL Language and Communication Training
Over the years, we’ve seen our ESL training help native-French speakers become more confident communicators and more active team members. In professional settings, this means participants learn how to harness their passion and more effectively direct their communicative competence in meetings and at networking events. Proficient English skills and better strategic communication skills reduce misunderstandings among team members, which means more efficient and effective work processes.

Please note that in addition to French speakers, we also provide ESL training for people whose native language is: ChineseJapanese, SpanishRussian, GermanHindi (and other languages in India) and Vietnamese, as well as other languages and multilingual teams.

We can provide training for all types of companies and organizations, including: technology (IT, software, SAS, hardware, apps, IOT, and more) manufacturinghealthcareconsulting and professional services, research, customer service, and government agencies.

For more information about our ESL language and communication training for corporations and organizations, or to schedule a free consultation, please call 503-231-2906 or e-mail us at


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