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

Certificate in General Studies

This new flexible certificate allows you to create your own program by choosing courses from the wide range of diploma and certificate programs offered in the Division of Continuing Studies. You can customize a course of study to meet your specific learning needs and objectives.
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French Language Diploma Program

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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La Maison Française

La Maison Française (LMF) 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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Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion

This program gives you the methodological knowledge and French language fluency necessary to be a highly effective teacher in the French Immersion environment. The program is open to in-service and pre-service teachers in British Columbia and beyond. All courses are taught in French and their content is based on the BC curriculum.
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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. I had no doubts that I could effectively teach them all that they needed to know and that they would move along in the French immersion program just as I had. After a short while, I realized that it was the methodology of teaching French immersion students that I wanted to learn more about.

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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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Tel 250-721-8630
Email french@uvcs.uvic.ca