French Language

Parlez-vous français?

French is one of the two official languages of Canada, and is spoken by close to 200 million people worldwide. It’s also an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO and the International Olympic Committee.

At Continuing Studies, you can learn French in a friendly, supportive learning atmosphere. Our French language programs offer:

  • up-to-date materials and techniques
  • daytime and evening course options (if enrolment permits)
  • one or two classes per week, for two or three hours, depending on your level and the program you choose
  • easy transition between programs and levels

We have French-language courses and programs for every skill level, from casual beginners to people seeking French language credentials for professional development. We also offer French language programs for children and adults in the summer months. Take a single course, work through the full diploma program or simply enjoy a French conversation class.


Courses open for registration

French Language

Learn to speak French, or improve your French language proficiency, and gain a detailed knowledge of Francophone cultures in Canada and around the world. This non-credit diploma program is open to adults at all levels of proficiency.
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General Studies

This flexible certificate program allows you to customize a course of study to meet your specific learning goals.
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La Maison Française

La Maison Française is an intensive, non-credit, summer French immersion program. It is open to local and international students and is intended for adults 19 years and up, at all levels of proficiency, from total beginner to advanced.
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Teaching French Immersion

This program is designed for in-service and pre-service teachers interested in teaching French Immersion. You'll learn the theory and practice behind teaching French immersion and learn the linguistic, cultural and attitudinal tools to move ahead in your profession.
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A thirty year French language journey

Jan Henry is a recent graduate of the French Language Diploma Program. Her journey began in 1988 and, with many life experiences in between, managed to return and graduate from the program in 2018!

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Surfing Through a Happy Life

Lauren joined the Division of Continuing Studies a year ago as our French and World Languages Program Coordinator, and when asked what she's enjoyed most about her job, she said "It's difficult to pick just one thing… I work with such smart, innovative people and good souls in the division, and right from the start I really felt like the leadership team, staff and instructors were on my side.

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French Language grad helps patients in West Africa

Michelle Pieke is a Canadian physiotherapist working in a leprosy clinic in West Africa. Find out how taking the French Language Diploma Program (FLDP) helped her get there.

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A Legacy of Optimism

Known for his quick wit, and his love of language and music, Didier Bergeret was one of the kindest, most compassionate souls you would ever have the pleasure to meet. You couldn’t help but be drawn to his selfless nature and big boisterous personality, one that always seemed to fall on the side of optimism.

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New Program: Certificate in General Studies

Have you ever wanted to design your own credential? Have you ever struggled to find a program that meets your specific interests and needs? Then you might be interested in our newest program: the Certificate in General Studies.

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Danielle Hall

After six years of university—never mind the 13 years I spent as a French immersion student in the Saanich school district—I had completed my teaching certificate and was starting the career I had dreamed of. I knew I was fully equipped to teach students at the elementary level, but when I thought of teaching students in the French immersion program, something was missing.

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Nan Walmsley

"Nan"Walmsley celebrates her 90th birthday this year but shows no sign of slowing down in her quest to learn new things. Since fall 1998, she has taken around 165 courses through Continuing Studies.

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Geneviève Lemay, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8630