The French-language business programme at Polytechnic University hinges on funding talks with the French community. Funding for French and German courses was scrapped this year, but Alain Cany, honorary president of the French Chamber of Commerce, which with the French Consulate has had talks with the university, said agreement could be reached early next year. After PolyU ceased offering French and German, students were left with only English as a primary focus and Japanese as a secondary option. Five teachers will have to go in the next two years under what the Department of English called a 'programme restructuring', when the present group of students learning German or French graduate. Head of the department Professor Grahame Bilbow welcomed the potential extra funding but hoped it would be sustained. He said the university was also exploring the possibility of expanding complementary non-credit bearing foreign-language classes, although the chances of the return of German courses looked slim. Wolfgang Ehmann, executive director Hong Kong/Vietnam at the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, said the German community was not prepared to sponsor future programmes.