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Company Profile

Infolangues is a French Private Limited Company specialised in industrial training in languages, translations and other business-related language services. Its head office is situated in Lyon with offices in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne and Oyonnax.

The company was created at the beginning of 1985 from the existing clienteles of its founders, Tessa Wisely and Peter Wheeler, who both already had ten years' teaching experience. The company bought its own large and comfortable premises for its Head Office in June 1991 and is now located in a three storey house with private car park and small garden in the residential area of west Lyons.

In 1995 Infolangues went into partnership with John Allison who had followed a similar professional path in the Rhone-Alps Region to that of Tessa and Peter and within a year the Grenoble training centre became a subsidiary of the Infolangues Group. In August 2001, Infolangues acquired another subsidiary in Aix-en-Provence, near Marseille. This training centre is the first in the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region.

The company's dynamic and professional approach to analysing and understanding the language needs of French-based companies, backed by an enthusiastic team, led to its rapid expansion in the Rhone-Alps Region. In 2004 Infolangues had an annual consolidated turnover of approximately 2.5 million euros. About seventy people work for the group (mostly on a full-time basis). Infolangues now has eight training centres situated in Lyon, St Exupéry and Bron, (to the east of Lyon) St. Etienne, Grenoble, Oyonnax (situated between Lyon and Geneva) and Aix en Provence and Marseille in the south of France. Infolangues works with a network of language training companies in Paris and other areas of France and Europe on the development of different projects including e-learning and management training.

Languages taught

Although English remains by far the most sought after language, Infolangues also teaches German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, together with Eastern European and Asian languages and also French as a foreign language.

Our customers

Infolangues presently has more than eight hundred customer company references which range from large nationalised enterprises to the small and medium-sized companies that make up the bulk of our clientele. Our customers are involved in a wide range of activities : international transport, chemicals, plastics, atomic energy, engineering, consultancy, information technology, textiles, pharmaceuticals, research, foodstuffs, wine, banking, electronics, plastics, advertising, petroleum, etc.

Types of training

The diversity of our customers businesses supposes a large flexibility and the possibility of adapting our services to the needs of the customer. However, most of the training carried out falls into one of the following categories :

Import/Export, business English
Negotiation skills and sales techniques
Presentation skills, public speaking - meetings and discussions
Telephone conversations - e-mail, fax and business letters

Scientific and technical areas - understanding technical documents and communicating with engineers and technicians, technical sales, exchange of know-how etc.

Reading and translation of technical documents
Management, communication and behavioural and intercultural skills
Instructors - teaching technical instructors to carry out customer training courses in English

Your profile

A position is currently open for a T.E.F.L. teacher, preferably with English as his/her mother tongue. The profile of the ideal candidate is the following :

aged between twenty-four and forty, degree level or equivalent,
minimum of two years' experience in professional language training, possibly also with experience in business,
T.E.F.L. qualified , e.g. RSA or CELTA Certificate or Diploma.
good people skills and smart appearance are essential,

reasonable knowledge of French,

full current driving license.

Staff are generally required to use their own cars to travel to customer locations within the local area covering their work, and are paid travelling expenses on a kilometre basis.

Trainee Profile

The teachers mainly work with business people, often of executive level who need training in English in order to carry out their daily work more effectively. The lesson content varies according to the student's profession and as most people start training with a level of false beginner or lower intermediate to intermediate, we always work according to their specific language needs and professional objectives.

Our approach

Students' needs and aims are determined in detail through a training audit carried out on our customers' premises by Infolangues' directors or training consultants working with training and personnel managers and through oral and written tests carried out individually with prospective students.
Infolangues offers a complete service to its customers including a diagnosis of the quality and effectiveness of employees' communication. This generally concerns large companies where Infolangues' training consultants work with the human resources staff in evaluation of job profiles and language competence, together with an in-depth study of the organisational chart, and staffing policy of the different departments with a view to optimising international communication and limiting the risk of misunderstanding.

With all customers, either an individual or a company language audit report is drawn up which serves both as part of the formal offer made to the client and the basis upon which teachers organise their lesson content. Teaching staff are autonomous with regard to lesson content to a greater or lesser extent depending on their experience and capabilities.

Support for trainers

We use a very extensive selection of EFL teaching material together with a large range of multimedia tools and some executive training packages originally destined for native speakers. Our training quality manager, educational advisors and project managers help and advise further and when necessary meet teachers on a regular basis and thus carefully follow up lesson content, students' progress and the general running of classes. Six-weekly general teachers' meetings, organised for teachers from different Infolangues training centres, deal with specific pedagogical themes, new material, methods and so on. The company runs an independent training scheme which also enables staff to follow training courses outside when necessary.

One to one / small groups

Teaching is carried out in small groups or on a one-to-one basis depending on needs and objectives both in terms of time and content. Sessions can vary from periods of one and a half hours to full 7 to 8-hour days with teaching shared between different teachers; trainees also study in our multimedia workshops.

Teaching modules

Teaching programmes are generally organised on a modular basis. Modules are of different duration and each has its aims and objectives in terms of language development and content. Great effort is made to encourage trainees to play a very active role in their training which is often interspersed with periods of consolidation and self-study in order to balance out the responsibility for learning and vary the types of training, support materials and content, and trainers with different styles, accents and approaches.


Testing and evaluation of operational competence is carried out in a continuous way and at the end of each module, sometimes adding an external benchmarking system such as the TOEIC test from time to time on long term training programmes or for trainees who are looking for employment. Reports are drawn up and feed-back is provided for trainees and training or human resources managers. Teaching takes place either in our centres or on customers' premises. At some customer locations, we work with fifty to two hundred trainees and are involved in organising and monitoring the development of competence over a period of years.

Hours of work

Our training centres are open from 8 o'clock in the morning to 8 o'clock in the evening Monday to Friday and occasionally on Saturday mornings. Full-time teaching staff are required to work a 35 hour week on average over the year, which includes direct teaching contact time, lesson preparation, research and training, teachers' meetings, report writing and travelling where necessary.

Salaries & holidays

Teachers' salaries are fixed in accordance with the French National Collective Agreement for training institutions.

In Conclusion

We view Infolangues in terms of a service industry working in partnership with our clients. Teachers therefore work very much more in a business and industrial context than in the atmosphere of a school. This naturally supposes not only that teachers work in a more business oriented culture but also that they must have a business and professional attitude both in their work and presentation. In a highly competitive business such as language training, the notions of customer service, quality and carefully meeting trainees' needs go together to explain Infolangues' success to date and will also be the criteria which will ensure a professional future and development for both the Company and its staff.

Tessa WISELY Director September 2006

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