Language Learning Guide

Are you looking for courses, groups or clubs to learn or practice your language skills?  Check out the following resources to improve your French or English with low-cost.

French

Language Exchange, Conversation Clubs and Mini Courses

  • SSMU MiniCourses: Different levels of language courses – from level 1 to conversational French.
  • PGSS Courses: All level French language courses for graduate students. Courses are offered in all semesters, ranging from 2 to 10 weeks.
  • Université de Montréal: This linguistics program pairs up both English and French-speaking students for language exchange with very low cost.
  • YES Montreal: Interactive classes for individuals with little or no previous language abilities.
  • Agence Ometz: Language programs for all levels - from beginners to advanced.  If the courses are not listed, please contact the centre for future language workshops.
  • The WELL Office: This office organizes and provides resources to assist medical learners to learn French through French medical workshops and conversation groups.
  • Meetup: Meet up with people or groups to exchange languages or practice French in Montreal.
  • French Tutoring: Looking for tutors?  Check out SSMU Marketplace ads.

French Programs for Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents

Most of these programs are offered with Adult Education Centres or community centres.  These programs are for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

  • Commission Scolaire de Montréal: Offers many types of French language courses - Français-alpha (basic French), Français langue seconde (French as second language), Français de transition
  • Immigration Québec: General information on French courses available to immigrants in Quebec. Links to full-time courses, part-time courses, online courses, French courses in the workplace and specialized French courses..  You will need to contact the organization of your choice and register with them.
  • Adult Education Centres: From time to time, these adult education centres listed on this website offer French as second language courses.  Please contact each school for details.
  • CACI: This centre offers both French courses as well as language conversation workshops.
  • ExploreThis is a five-week language bursary program with most expenses covered.  The program takes place in spring or summer.  Application period: November to the end of February.

Courses Offered at McGill and Cegeps

McGill University offers both non-credit and credit courses. You can also take language courses with cegeps.

  • McGill School of Continuing Studies - French Language Programs: For non-credit courses, the school offers intensive courses, part-time courses as well as language courses for workplace.
  • McGill French Language Centre: The French Language Centre is a department of the Faculty of Arts.  The Centre offers French as a second language credit courses to students registered in any academic program.  Courses offered at the Centre: Oral and written courses, cultural content courses, summer studies, fall and winter courses.  Click the menu link "Courses and Programs" for a full list.
  • McGill Summer Institute for the Study of Montreal and Quebec: An intensive course (6 credits) with the aim to offer an extraordinary opportunity to enhance your French communication skills and discover Quebec’s vibrant culture in the largest French-speaking city in North America.
  • Cegeps: The following cegeps offer French language courses of all levels.  Please contact each cegep for course details.

English

Language Exchange, Conversation Clubs and Mini Courses

  • Meetup: Meet up with people or groups to exchange languages or practice English in Montreal.
  • SSMU MiniCourses: From time to time, SSMU offers English language courses.  Please contact them for more information.
  • Agence Ometz: Language programs for all levels - from beginners to advanced.
  • English Tutoring: Looking for tutors?  Check out SSMU Marketplace ads.
  • McGill Writing Centre: Contact the Centre for resources to improve your academic writing skills. The Centre offers special writing courses as well as tutorial service.

Courses Offered at McGill and Cegeps

McGill University offers both non-credit and credit-based courses. You can also take language courses with cegeps.


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