Please note: All Winter 2022 session programs will be offered using distance education technology.


Conversational French

Learn to speak French for work or pleasure!

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Our theme-based French classes will get you talking with a relaxed atmosphere and a focus on spoken interaction.

Nine different levels of theme-based, interactive classes help you learn vocabulary, sentence structure and pronunciation, as well as communication strategies and Francophone culture.  

Conversation circles are offered at the intermediate and advanced levels for learners who want more practice after taking classes at these levels.

Courses are reserved for learners aged 16 and up. 

Schedule

Fall, Winter and Spring: One 3-hour class per week, evenings or Saturday mornings. Most courses run for 11 weeks (some are 10 weeks long with 3.25 hours per week).

Summer: A more intensive schedule runs over 2 weeks (mornings) or 4 weeks (evenings). 

Courses are 32.5 to 33 hours in total.

Conversation circles are 10 weeks long, with class 2 hours per week for a total of 20 hours. 

SPRING
Apr 10-Jun 26, 2021
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Registration opens in March

Registration closes: April 6, 2021

SUMMER
Jul 6-28, 2021
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Registration opens in May

Registration closes: June 28, 2021

FALL
Sep 13-Dec 4, 2021
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Regisration opens: Aug. 19

Registration closes: Sept. 7, 2021

Winter
Jan 15-Mar 26, 2022
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Registration opens in Nov

Registration closes: Jan 11, 2022

 

Cost

Each level: $320 (student handbook and taxes included)

Conversation circle: $200

Course Content

Acquire essential language skills through a variety of interactive activities using Canadian course material developed by Université de Saint-Boniface’s Continuing Education Division. Designed for adult learners, the curriculum covers the themes and subthemes most likely to arise in conversation and other common oral interactions.

Beginner 1 Food
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Identity, family, occupations, basic numbers 
Beginner 2 Clothing
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Seasons and weather, shopping, giving directions 
Beginner 3 House and Home
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Daily activities, chores, hospitality 
Beginner 4 Community
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Describing objects, describing people, community events 
Intermediate 1 Travel
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Tourist attractions, transportation, describing a landscape 
Intermediate 2 Leisure Activities
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Sports and exercise, volunteering, emotions 
Intermediate 3 The Arts
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Description and critique, French-Canadian artists, biography 
Intermediate 4 Francophonie
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Francophone countries, immigration, customs 
Advanced A Well-Being
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Physical and mental health, careers in healthcare 
Advanced B From Yesterday to Tomorrow
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Technology, work, life stages
Advanced C The Media
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Current events, advertising, entertainment 

Note: Advanced levels can be taken in any order. 

Conversation Circles

Improve your fluency by speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere that includes both structured and spontaneous conversation, along with games and exploration of Francophone culture.

Le cercle de conversation intermédiaire is offered during the fall session, and is open to learners who have completed a Français oral course at any Intermediate level in the previous 12 months.

Le cercle de conversation avancé is offered during the winter session, and is open to learners who have completed a Français oral course at the Intermediate 4 or Advanced level in the previous 12 months.

Placement Interviews

What are placement interviews?  

Unsure which level to register for? We offer placement interviews for French and Spanish classes. Once you have scheduled your interview, an assessor will telephone you for a short chat (10-15 minutes) to determine your level.  

IMPORTANT: If you already know your level, it is not necessary to schedule a placement interview. When registering, simply select your level.  

How do I schedule a placement interview?   

Steps for scheduling a placement interview:  

  1. Register for one of our French or Spanish programs. Select Unknown Level when completing the online registration form. 
  2. Check your registration confirmation email. Once your registration is completed, paid for and submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a placement interview link. Click on the link and an online calendar will appear.  
  3. Book your placement interview by selecting a date and time from the available options.  
  4. Be ready for a call from our assessor on your chosen date and time.  

IMPORTANT: A placement interview will ONLY be conducted once you have registered (by selecting Unknown Level), paid for your course and booked your placement interview.  

Please do not wait to schedule your placement interview! We strongly encourage you to book it as soon as possible following your registration in Unknown Level. Our course offerings for a session are always subject to sufficient enrollment, and so we need to know your ideal level as soon as possible.  

I clicked on the link to schedule a placement interview, but I do not see any more availability. What do I do?   

Check back later or get in touch with us.  

Our assessors regularly add availability throughout the registration period. Please check the availability again the following business day or email us at DEP@ustboniface.ca.  

I booked a placement interview, but I need to cancel or reschedule it. What do I do?  

Check your confirmation email for the placement interview or get in touch with us.  

When you initially booked your placement interview, a message was sent to you confirming your chosen date and time. Scroll down to the bottom of the message to cancel or reschedule the interview. If you prefer, you can contact us at DEP@ustboniface.ca for assistance.  

I booked a placement interview, but I didn’t receive a call. What happens now?  

Send us an email at DEP@ustboniface.ca and we will forward you the link to reschedule.  

I booked a placement interview, but I missed it. What happens now?  

Send us an email at DEP@ustboniface.ca and we will forward you the link to reschedule. 

I am a true beginner and have never studied French or Spanish before. Do I still need to do a placement interview?  

No.  

If you have no knowledge of the language, you do not need to book a placement interview. In this case, choose Beginner 1 (French) or Nivel 1 (Spanish) when completing your registration.    

I know a little bit of the language, but am not sure of my level.  

If you don’t know what level to enroll in, choose Unknown Level when completing the registration form.   

Once you have registered and paid, you will be able to schedule a placement interview in order to assess your ideal level.  

I took classes a while ago with Université de Saint-Boniface. Should I still schedule a placement interview?  

Yes.  

If it has been more than two years since you last took a class with us, we recommend scheduling a placement interview as your level may have changed since then.  

I recently took a class with Université de Saint-Boniface. Should I still schedule a placement interview?  

No.  

If you took a class with us in the last two years, you can find which level to take in the instructor’s recommendation section of your final progress report. If you cannot find this recommendation, feel free to contact us at DEP@ustboniface.ca so we can look it up for you. 


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