About MCLL

About MCLL - group

As part of the McGill School of Continuing Studies, MCLL is led by volunteers and managed by a council elected from among its members. Based on a peer-learning concept, MCLL is for people who want to continue learning for the joy of it , and who wish to share their knowledge, ideas, experience and interests with others., our informal, small-group approach makes our programs accessible. No exams or grades to worry about, and no age limits!


The MCLL Difference

Peer learning and active participation are two cornerstones of MCLL’s curriculum; these principles differentiate its programs from traditional university courses and classes. The form of participation varies according to the subject matter and the approach chosen by the moderator. The level of involvement can range from mere presence, to advance preparation/research, participation in group discussions and presentations to the class.


How it works:

There are four terms to a year:

  • The Fall, Winter and Spring terms each consist of 10-weeks and offer a complete program including study groups, lectures, workshops, outings and social activities.
  • The Summer term is a lighter program presented on Wednesdays only.

Study groups and lectures are usually given in English.


Study Groups

While most study groups run for 10 weeks, some have a shorter duration. Study groups are offered Monday to Thursday at:

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • 2-4:00 p.m.
  • on occasion, 4-6:00 p.m.


There are five different types of study groups:

  • Discussion Study Group:   Participants look at works of art, read books or magazine articles, watch movies or videos, listen to music, or write journals. The moderator then facilitates discussion among the participants.
  • Participant Presentation Study Group:   Participants are encouraged to choose themes and make presentations, although these are not mandatory.
  • Moderator/Participant Presentation Group:  Participants are encouraged to choose themes and make presentations, although these are not essential.
  • Moderator Presentation Study Group:   The group moderator makes the presentations and facilitates the discussions that follow the presentations.
  • Workshops:   Our workshops are study groups focused on addressing practical or life-style issues rather than intellectual pursuits.

See all currently available Study Groups


MCLL Lectures

Most lectures are presented on Fridays at 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. In the summertime, lectures are presented on Wednesdays only at the same times. Lectures are held either on the 2nd floor or in room 1041.

See all currently available Lectures


Brainy-Bar Workshops

Free computer coaching is available to MCLL members through Brainy Bar workshops where intermediate to advanced English learners from the School of Continuing Studies Intensive English Language and Culture (IELC) program volunteer to provide MCLL members one-on-one computer assistance in a computer lab on the 12th floor. The Brainy Bar is patterned after Apple’s Genius Bar. A wide range of digital and technological needs are explored during the workshops. Both beginners and experienced users are encouraged to participate in IELC Brainy Bar sessions.

MCLL members can use lab PCs; they can also use their own portable devices, provided they have activated their Wi-Fi connection ahead of time. A McGill username and password is necessary to connect to the Wi-Fi; these can be obtained by setting up a McGill email account on Minerva.



MCLL members go on occasional outings to various locations in and around the City of Montréal are held on a Friday or Saturday in the fall, winter and spring, and on Wednesdays in the summer. Virtual outings are offered during 'Covid’ times through our lecture program.



Study Groups: $110 per term which entitles you to the following:

  • Full MCLL membership and all membership benefits for the duration of the 10-week term including access to Brainy-Bar Workshops and Outings
  • Access to two 10-week study groups OR access to one 10-week and two 5-week study groups


Lectures: $10 per lecture and does not include an MCLL membership. Lectures can be taken in addition to study groups or independently.


Registration and Payment

All registration and payments can be done online:




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