Improve your French communication skills!

Do you want to be able to order a drink on a patio, have a conversation with your children who are in French immersion, or listen to a French radio program?

The French as a second language learning program can help you, whatever your starting level. Adult students, from beginner to proficient levels, have access to courses suited to their needs.

These courses are designed for adults (age 18 and up) wishing to learn or improve their French.

Our approach? Comprehension and spoken expression through practice, without neglecting good grammar usage. Students are grouped according to their skill level, determined using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (6 levels, from A1 to C2).

What’s my language level?

If you’ve never taken non-credit French courses from La Cité, or if the last course you took was over two years ago, you are required to take a placement test to determine your level. The test is conducted by telephone and takes about 20 minutes. If you have never studied French, you will automatically be placed in the A1 – Beginner level.

Format of A1 (beginner) to C2 (proficient) courses

  • 2 ½ hours of classes
  • once a week
  • over 12 weeks (total of 30 hours)
  • cost: $385 (materials not included)

A pedagogical approach focused on:

    • pedagogical strategies and formulas that facilitate language learning; 
    • grammatical exercises;
    • diverse and dynamic educational activities;
    • varied word games and activities aimed at familiarizing students with Francophone culture. 

    The range of courses offered includes practical workshops that let students put into practice what they have learned. In addition, all our courses are offered by qualified, dynamic and enthusiastic instructors.

    Course levels in detail


    La Cité universitaire francophone will contact you after your registration is received. New students will be contacted for a 20-minute over the phone placement test. Those with no previous knowledge of French are exempt and will automatically be placed in A1.

    Fall 2021 - Via Zoom :

    Saturday: A1

    From September 25th to December 18th (no class on October 9th)

    Tuesday: A1 & A2

    From September 28th to December 14th

    Wednesday: B1, B2 & C

    From September 29th to December 21st

    Fees: 385$

    Please register by September 6th, 2021.




    Winter 2022 - Via Zoom :

    Saturday: A1

    From January 22nd to April 23rd (no class during the Easter and Family weekends)

    Tuesday: A1 & A2

    From January 25th to April 12th

    Wednesday: B1, B2 & C

    From January 26th to April 13th

    Fees: 385$

    Please register by January 3rd, 2022.




    Spring 2022 - Via Zoom :

    Saturday: A1

    From May 7th to June 11th (no class on May 21st)

    Tuesday: A1 & A2

    From May 10th to June 7th

    Wednesday: B1, B2 & C

    From May 11th to June 8th

    Fees: 195$

    Please register by April 18th, 2022.



    Registration will be confirmed once full group is attained to go ahead within deadline or shortly after extension, and payment has been received. Fees must be paid before attending the first class. No exceptions.

    No refund after the registration deadline. For those registered after the deadline, no refund will be offered. A $50 administration fee may be withheld for withdrawals before the deadline. A doctor's note will be necessary to obtain reimbursement for health related reasons.

    Full payment will be refunded if the class cannot be held due to low registration; placement test administration fees still stand if test was administered.

    Learn more about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

    The Common European Framework of Reference:

    • provides a standard for grading an individual's language proficiency according to 6 reference levels (novice to advanced)
    • provides objectives according to 5 competencies (reading, writing, listening, speaking and oral interaction)
    • adopts an action-oriented approach (action or task-based learning)
    • regards language users as social agents who develop general and particular communicative competencies while trying to achieve their everyday goals



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