The evening courses, offered once a week for 11 weeks, are 33 hours long. The oral French program is structured into four beginner levels, four intermediate levels, advanced levels and upgrading courses. Instruction follows a communicative approach in which learners are central to their learning. A different theme is explored at each level. Courses are scheduled for the evening that best suits the preference of the majority in each group.
Amanda Fancey, Administrative Assistant at the Prince Edward Island Public Service Commission, has been taking language training at Collège de l'Île in Charlottetown since last fall : "This course has taught me that I know more than I gave myself credit for and that being motivated to learn a new language will open all sorts of possibilities for me. It's pretty awesome to be able to communicate with someone in another language."
Heather Rossiter, who works at the PEI Liquor Control Commission, has been taking skills maintenance courses at the Collège since 2012: "The early immersion program left me fully bilingual by the time I graduated high school. However, as the years passed, the amount that I used my French became less, leaving me a little out of practice. French language training has provided me with the opportunity to regain my proficiency, which proves useful when reviewing documents and participating in meetings."
For those who want more flexible French courses, Collège de l'Île suggests the Pour l'amour du français program, which operates completely based on students' availability and combines self-directed learning with online content and telephone or online support from tutors.
Collège de l'Île also offers a flexible tutoring service designed around the client's needs and schedule, on a short- or long-term basis.
Those who are already fairly fluent in French but are looking for a place to practice and improve their skills can take skills maintenance sessions combining informal conversation, a review of certain points of grammar and class presentations.
Collège de l'Île is the only postsecondary French-language institution in Prince Edward Island. With three learning centres in DeBlois, Wellington and Charlottetown, the College offers regular programs, customized training and training based on labour market needs. It offers a stimulating, student-focused learning environment that uses cutting-edge technology.
For more information:
902.854.3010 ext. 222