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Teaching Methods and Content

This award-winning part-time certificate program is based on a variety of instructional methods which reflect the most up-to-date principles and research in the field of second language teaching and learning. The methodologies used include collaborative learning and a project-based/simulation approach to language acquisition.

Our instruction aims at the development of specific language, socio-cultural, communication, and work-related skills, and at addressing a host of issues within the different levels of the learners’ communicative ability. The program also encourages students to work autonomously by offering a wide range of subjects, resources and virtual projects online.

Program and Course Organization

The program is the equivalent of one year of full-time university studies, requires the completion of ten 3-credit courses, and starts at the low-intermediate level (courses CEFN 211 and CEFN 212).

Students with a basic or an elementary knowledge of French will need to complete credit prerequisite courses before entering the program.

Please note that those credit prerequisite courses will not be accepted as part of the Certificate.

The overall program structure is divided into two modules:

  1. The Preparatory Module comprises four prerequisite courses (one at the basic level and three at the elementary level) of 39 hours each.
  2. The Intermediate and Advanced Credit Module consists of ten 3-credit courses of 39 hours each.
    The Program is offered three (3) times a year:

Fall and Winter

Preparatory and Intermediate and Advanced Credit Modules


13 weeks (courses are offered once per week)


Preparatory and Intermediate and Advanced Credit Modules


9 weeks (courses are offered during the evening and on Saturday mornings)

*Students in an undergraduate or graduate program should verify with their faculties whether credits attached to Continuing Studies courses are acceptable towards their degrees.

Program Structure

Preparatory Prerequisite Courses

3 credit per course*
39 hours per course

Fall and Winter: One class per week
Summer: Two classes per week

  • CEFN 102: Basic French
  • CEFN 104: Elementary French 1
  • CEFN 106: Fundamentals of French Grammar and Writing
  • CEFN 107 Fundamentals of French Oral Communication

McGill Certificate of Proficiency – French for Professional Communication Program

30 credits over 10 courses across five levels of proficiency.

3 credit per course*
39 hours per course

Fall and Winter: One class per week
Summer: Two classes per week

Intermediate Low

  • CEFN 211: Functional French Grammar/Writing 1
  • CEFN 212: French Communication Practice 1

Intermediate Mid

  • CEFN 221: Functional French Grammar/Writing 2
  • CEFN 222: French Communication Practice 2

Intermediate High

  • CEFN 331: Functional French Grammar/Writing 3
  • CEFN 332: French Communication Practice 3

Advanced 1

  • CEFN 411: French Grammar/Writing Techniques
  • CEFN 412: French Oral Communication Techniques

Advanced 2

  • CEFN 421: French Written Communication Contexts
  • CEFN 422: French Oral Communication Contexts

Complementary Courses

  • CEFN 401: French Vocabulary in Context
  • CEFN 402: Persuasive French in Communication

Please note that courses CEFN 332 - 412 - 422 (any one of the three) are recognized by the Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés Culturelles (MICC) as a level 7 of the Quebec Scale (level B2*). It is the threshold level required by the MICC and the CIC for any immigration application.

*According to the evaluation scale of the Common European Framework (CEF)