This is the introductory level of our series of four comprehensive courses for complete beginners, focusing on all four language competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Classes feature a balance of structural and communicative activities to optimize learning. Classes meet twice weekly for two hours, for two 13-week semesters. No experience or initial assessment is necessary for September entry. Entrance at midpoint in January is possible if your initial level is sufficient. Small classes (maximum 18) enhance individual participation.
This course will focus on all the structures, vocabulary and pronunciation necessary to perform tasks such as:
speak about the date, time, weather, family, occupation, lodging, food and education
describe things and people
ask and answer information questions in the present tense, learn the future and the past tenses
No prerequisite to enter in September if you consider yourself a true beginner. Book a level assessment to enter in January.
Register for fall term and spring term separately.
Défi A1 - Student Book Online Premium Edition (required)
Students may enter the program at any level if their initial level is sufficient. A level assessment is necessary to enter the program at a higher level than level one or in January. Please book your assessment by calling 250-721-8630 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, tests, assignments, oral and written presentations.
A full refund will be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the start date. A refund, less a $50 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw during the first two weeks from the start date. No refunds after two weeks. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.
Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology
This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).