Language Instruction for Faculty Members
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To support the integration of newly hired staff members and their spouses/partners into the University and Montreal, McGill provides French and English language instruction through the School of Continuing Studies. The Mon français initiative is intended to facilitate the obtaining of a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), required in order to apply for permanent residency.
The minimum French language proficiency requirement for a CSQ is defined as Advanced Intermediate (level 7) of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). McGill’s Mon français program provides access to French language instruction to prepare people to meet this requirement. A passing grade in either CEFN 332 (part-time) or CFRN 423 (intensive), both offered by the School of Continuing Studies, is recognized by the Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities (MICC) as proof of level 7/level B2 French proficiency. (An alternative is to pass a French evaluation test. More information can be obtained at MICC.)
Course fees for each eligible course will be waived by the University provided that participants earn a passing grade in that course. Placement test fees will also be waived. It may be necessary to obtain a study permit if you plan to study for more than 6 months. You will find detailed information here. If a study permit is required, permit fees will be reimbursed.
Further information on courses may be obtained at French Language Programs.
Slowing the reappointment clock
Tenure-track professors and librarians who are engaged in French language training can request a delay of reappointment consideration, provided that they have passed at least 200-hours of French instruction at the School of Continuing Studies. The request should be addressed to the Provost and submitted to the academic [dot] personnel [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Academic Personnel Office) approximately 3 months before the beginning of the year of reappointment consideration.
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English Language Courses
Individuals whose primary language is not English may choose to enroll in eligible English language instruction. The University covers the full cost of tuition and associated course fees during the first three (3) years of the staff member's tenure-track appointment at McGill.
Please noteThe Intensive Program (Full-Time English) is NOT covered under this policy.
Entrance Placement Exam
Individuals wishing to register for French or English courses at the School of Continuing Studies must write an Entrance Placement Test. For information please see French Placement Test or English Placement Test. Individuals with no knowledge of French may sign a waiver attesting that they are beginners and will thus be registered in a Basic French course.
For initial registration, you must present yourself in person at Client Services (688 Sherbrooke Street West – 11th floor) with the following documents:
Identify yourself as an academic staff member or spouse/partner of an academic staff member so that the School of Continuing Studies can confirm your eligibility for free language instruction. Be sure to have the McGill employee ID number on hand for this purpose.
For further information concerning courses, Entrance Placement Exams or registration and session dates, please visit the School of Continuing Studies website.
|Taxable Benefit||Language instruction for spouses/partners is considered a taxable benefit. As such, spouses/partners require a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN). To apply for a SIN, visit the government of Canada's Service Canada website.|
|French Courses through Human Resources (HR)||HR periodically offers staff development courses, open to all McGill staff, including a French-at-Work program. Registration is required, as well as a placement test.|