Business Language Courses


UTTA offers short language courses to provide employees going to a post overseas with survival or enhanced language skills in the local language - we currently offer French and Arabic. These courses are specifically designed to give confidence in speaking and managing situations, making good cultural relations, and "making the right noises".

Business Arabic

Business Arabic courses are serious fun at UTTA Written Arabic can also be studied. Active language learning is critical if you want to understand the target culture and way of life.

The Business Arabic Course is flexible to student needs - you can opt from a series of topics including

Essential Phrases : Greetings and More Greetings : Travel : Shopping (Numbers, Sizes, Bargaining): Talking About Yourself : At School : At Work  :   Making Conversation: Checkpoints and Customs: Going Out : Telephone : Problems and Solutions: Office and Work Language: Gender Issues: Technology and Technological Language: Doctors and Illness: Being Invited : Cooking and Food : Social Media : Say It Right : Grammar Points : Arabic Music: Specific Local Area : Religion : Ongoing Learning : Study Skills

This course is for communication and so will focus on the spoken word. Arabic dialects vary quite a bit, although this isn't a problem. Remember that Palestinians and Egyptians show up all over the Arab World, most notably in schools and films, and if you have a knowledge of either dialect, you'll just sound a bit like an American in Yorkshire! There is a very welcoming response mostly when a foreigner speaks Arabic. For this reason, the course mostly follows the Palestinian style, unless the group is all going to North Africa, in which case we can accommodate this.

A preparatory course like this is quite intensive - many subjects and concepts will be covered, although the course doesn't go deeply into grammar. As for writing, most of what you read and write will be in English script - but the course does include some work with written Arabic just to get you started and help you to read the basic signs, place names and so forth. One of the most important things you will acquire is a sense of how people behave and think, and what they expect from you. There are massive differences between British and Arab culture - which are routinely discussed with every taxi driver you meet, and sometimes the best response is to have a little joke or two up your sleeve, as this always makes differences seem much less important.

This is a fun and enjoyable introduction - role-play is a large part of the course, which will also include music, video clips and humour. If your role in the country is a specific one, we will build relevant and useful vocabulary into the last few lessons.

This course can be run at A1 and A2/B1 levels. Higher levels cover more by way of negotiating skills and specific workplace vocabulary and lexis. Other levels are available if different formats, please check out the information at this link or contact us.

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Business French


The Business French Course is flexible to student needs - you can opt from a series of topics including:

Essential Phrases : Greetings and More Greetings : Travel : Shopping (Numbers, Sizes, Bargaining): Talking About Yourself : At School : At Work  :   Making Conversation: Checkpoints and Customs: Going Out : Telephone : Problems and Solutions: Office and Work Language: Gender Issues: Technology and Technological Language: Doctors and Illness: Being Invited : Cooking and Food : Social Media : Say It Right : Grammar Points : Arabic Music: Specific Local Area : Religion : Ongoing Learning : Study Skills

The French short course again can run at a variety of levels including A1, A2, B1, B2
If you're intending to spend some time in France, particularly for work, the UTTA French course can help you focus on your existing level of French and increase your fluency and accuracy. You can monitor your progress using online CEFR checks. As you move towards the upper levels, you can select more specific topics related to your work, current events or commerce, although most topics can be taken at a variety of levels.
Although French culture is closer to our own than Arabic culture, there are ways in which the French, as a nation rooted more closely in agriculture, are a world apart from the British, and if your work involves business and social relationships with your colleagues bosses or employees you may want to familiarise yourself with aspects of the culture such as art, film or music, to get more of a feel for those areas of difference - and also to help bridge the gap at critical moments.

For more information on this and other suitable courses, please check out the information at this link or contact us.

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