Although Canada is the second largest country in the world, it is also one of the most sparsely populated. Whilst its landscapes can vary dramatically, one thing they do have in common is that they are all breathtaking. Officially bilingual, Canada was first colonised by the French in the 16th Century, and French has continued to prevail despite repeated setbacks. The determination of the Francophone population to resist Anglicisation in the 18th Century led to the designation of French as official language of Quebec, and now both French and English co-exist with equal status in the Canadian government.
Our French courses in Canada take place in Quebec City and Montreal, both of which are located in the province of Quebec. For those who wish to learn French in the heartland of French culture in North America, Quebec City is an incredible location.
With a history spanning four centuries, right back to the original French settlements along the St Lawrence River, Quebec City still has echoes of New France, particularly during August. This is when the New France Festival takes over the cobbled streets of Old Quebec (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Costumed parades, historical re-enactments and markets bring to life the history of this magnificent city.
Montreal represents a fascinating blend of North American and European flavours, to create its own, unique atmosphere. With historic cobbled streets and tall modern skyscrapers, Montreal is a city that celebrates its past, and looks forward to its future. A hub for Canadian culture, the city is particularly famous for its music scene, not least thanks to its famous jazz festival.
The ‘Intensive’ course is the best option if you wish to learn French in a group with students of a similar level to yourself, and also leave yourself plenty of time to explore the city and practice your French outside of the classroom. The ‘Super-Intensive’ course, also a group course, offers more lessons each week, and is a great option if you wish to make as much progress as possible during the time you have available. We also offer private lessons and ‘Intensive Plus’ courses which combine group and one-to-one tuition. These options are most suited to students who wish to focus on a specific aspect of the language, or wish to tailor the course to meet their specific requirements. Regardless of which course you choose, your teacher will be fully qualified to teach French as a foreign language, and will, of course, be a native French speaker.
You can choose to stay with a carefully selected French speaking host family, or with other students in a student residence.