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. All French language courses offered by Continuing Studies are subject to enrollment. Please register early and invite a friend to join you!
|OFFERING||Comprehensive French||French Language Conversation Classes||La Maison Française|
|LEVELS||Levels 1 – 4 (Introductory to Advanced)||Levels 1 – 4 (Introductory to Advanced)||Levels 1 – 4 (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|
- Action-Oriented Education in FSL
- Anti-oppressive practices in French teaching in BC
- Assessment in a French Immersion Classroom Part 1
- Assessment in a French Immersion Classroom Part 2
- Being and Learning Outdoors Viewed Through the Core Competencies
- 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
- FPPL: Bring the Poster With You!
- French Language Advanced Course
- French Language Conversation Classes - Level 1
- French Language Conversation Classes - Level 2
- French Language Conversation Classes - Level 3
- French Language Conversation Classes - Level 4
- Grammar and Social Justice in BC: for the Teaching of a Queer Approach to Grammatical Rules
- Indigenization of French Courses and Greater Well-being in BC
- Part 1 - What is Reading and How to Teach it in a Fun and Effective Way?
- Part 2 - What is Reading and How to Teach it in a Fun and Effective Way?
- Resources and Activities within a BC French Immersion Setting
- Strategies for Classroom Management
- The Role of Interactive Technology in Teaching
- Thematic Literacy Circles – Interdisciplinary Literacy
- We Learn by Playing, Engaging and Sharing!
These non-credit courses are open to adults at all levels of proficiency. They are designed to meet the needs of a wide audience from working professionals, to lifelong learners, to people who are new to Canada, to parents with children in French immersion—anyone wanting to confidently and competently develop fluency in French.
La Maison Française is an intensive, non-credit, French immersion program that's offered virtually in the summer. It is open to Canadian and international students and is intended for learners 18 years and up, at all levels of proficiency, from total beginner to advanced.
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