French is one of the two official languages of Canada, and is spoken by close to 275 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 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 offer French language courses and programs for every skill level, from casual beginners to people seeking French language for professional development.
|OFFERING||Comprehensive French||French Language Conversation Classes||La Maison Française|
|LEVELS||Levels 1 – 4 (Introductory to Advanced)||Introductory to Advanced||Levels 1 – 8 (Introductory to Advanced)|
|CLASSES PER WEEK||Twice per week for 2 hrs x 13 weeks||Once per week for 2 hrs x 10 weeks||Five times per week for 4 hrs x 5 weeks|
|OFFERED||September and January||September, January and April||July|
|PRIMARY FOCUS||Listening, speaking, reading and writing||Conversation skills||Listening, speaking, reading and writing|
|EXAM & GRADED ASSIGNMENTS|
|CREDENTIAL||Certificate – upon successful completion of each level||Certificate – upon successful completion|
|BEST SUITED FOR||Anyone wanting to confidently and competently develop fluency in French.||Anyone wanting to learn and practice their spoken French in a casual but dynamic setting.||Anyone wanting to quickly learn French in an immersive setting including classroom instruction, activities and workshops.|
|MORE DETAILS||View Series||View Series||View Program|
CEFR and the Action-Oriented approach
Comprehensive French - Level 1
Comprehensive French - Level 2
Comprehensive French - Level 3
Comprehensive French - Level 4
Educational Resources for French Immersion Teachers
First Peoples Principles of Learning in French Immersion Context
French Language Advanced Course
French Language Conversation Classes: Introductory
French Language Conversation Classes: Beginner
French Language Conversation Classes: Intermediate
French Language Conversation Classes: Advanced
Indigenous Perspectives of Learning
Teacher inquiry in a French Immersion setting
Thematic Literacy Circles – Interdisciplinary Literacy
Courses open for registration
Courses open for registration
French Immersion teachers in BC face unique challenges. The French Immersion Teacher Mentorship program transforms practice through mentorship, to create a more engaged and confident workforce.
Improve your 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.
This flexible certificate program allows you to customize a course of study to meet your specific learning goals.
La Maison Française is an intensive, non-credit, summer French immersion program. It is open to Canadian and international students and is intended for learners 19 years and up, at all levels of proficiency, from total beginner to advanced.
This program gives you the methodological knowledge and French language fluency necessary to be a highly effective teacher in the French Immersion environment.
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