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MCLL Programs

The two cornerstones of learning at MCLL are peer learning and active participation. It is these principles that differentiate our programs from traditional university courses and classes. You will have the opportunity to choose from 30 to 50 study groups in a broad range of topics such as art, music, culture, literature, history, politics, health and science. There are also workshops on computer skills.

Study Groups and Lectures

Study groups meet during the daytime for 10-week terms in Fall, Winter and Spring.

In the study group structure, members meet in groups of ten to twenty-five to study a subject of common interest. The groups are led informally by peer moderators who are themselves members of MCLL. The form of participant involvement varies according to the subject matter and the approach chosen by the moderator. Participation ranges from presentations or papers based on research on the selected topic, to reports on cultural events, or the sharing of life experiences. There are a few study groups where only participation in discussion is expected. In most cases some form of group discussion provides the basis of the study group experience.

Lectures by volunteer MCLL members are given on Fridays and Saturdays during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms. The Summer program offers a wide array of lectures, workshops and discussion groups on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during July and August.

Consult the current Calendar to choose your study groups and lectures.  It provides a complete schedule together with descriptions of each study group and lecture.


Members of MCLL are a resource for international students in the School of Continuing Studies’ Certificate of Proficiency in English – Language and Culture program, sharing their experiences by speaking to students both in the classroom and on a one-to-one basis.

Outreach to seniors’ residences

MCLL members present lectures at a number of senior residences on Montreal Island.

Special Events

Social and educational special events are organized by and for the membership. Events that have been organized in the past include lectures by McGill faculty, outings to the Macdonald Campus and Mont St. Hilaire, and parties to celebrate the holiday season.

Since 2012 MCLL has celebrated Bloomsday on June 16th, the date made famous in James Joyce’s Ulysses, with an exciting roster of activities (upcoming).