Studying French opens students up to a new world of opportunity to experience new cultures, pursue career
opportunities and learn one of the world’s most popular international languages.
We support students to achieve their French language goals with its excellent faculty, course offerings and
connections to French language opportunities.
Why Study French?
We asked 20 of our students why they wanted to study French and this is what they told us.
“I started taking French classes because I wanted to work for the Canadian government. I feel
that it is my duty to speak both the official languages of Canada because I am Canadian. After just
two French courses, I was able to go to France and speak only French, which is a great achievement.
Knowing French has given me the opportunity to volunteer with the Canadian government, as well as
make friends from all over the world right here in Grande Prairie. This year, I am moving to
Montreal to further my studies and have more career opportunities.”
“French is a beautiful language to speak. To be bilingual is an asset to living and working in
Canada. Every time I can understand a conversation even a little bit, I feel a great sense of
“The French programs here are entertaining, engaging, and challenging. They allow you to expand
your worldview and personal talents as a part of your academic studies.”
“Studying French is excellent not only because you’re learning a second language, one of
our country’s official languages, but it is also giving me a better understanding of French
culture and customs because you can put it to everyday use, especially living in Canada. The French
program here offers the best second language courses I have ever taken.”
“You should learn French to travel and be able to fully experience the culture of French
“Besides being one of our two national languages, French is spoken in so many other places,
basically anywhere that was colonized by France. It’s great for furthering career
opportunities which include lots of travel. Easy exposure to French through the French Club makes it
easy to practice.”
“You should study French to broaden your aspect of the world, it is useful in many different
career paths, and a second language is often required in many degrees.”
“The French classes here are amazing. Small class sizes and professors that are always there to
help you. Having a second language gives up an edge in a competitive job market. French also opens
the doors to many more opportunities.”
“The instructors are one-of-a kind. The time and care they invest in students is both
astounding and heartwarming. The courses are well structured and intriguing. All students are
engaged, learning, and improving skills in reading, writing, and speaking French. French courses
here are truly amazing.”
“Studying any new language opens the door to a whole new culture. Learning a new language is
extremely beneficial, and knowing French in Canada opens many job and life opportunities that would
not otherwise be available. Not to mention, the profs who teach French here are caring and beyond
excellent when it comes to facilitating student success.”
“I study French to be able to communicate with friends and Family in Quebec. The French program
here is awesome! The professors are great and provide lots of help to make the course
“I believe studying French has shaped my life in a different way than it may have if I had been
an English student. It has added personality and rounded my characters. Truly one of my most enjoyed
classes. French is such a fun language to learn and a good stepping stone for anyone looking to
broaden their horizons. It is never boring!”
“I think French is a beautiful language, and while difficult to learn, is worth the effort. I
like Québec, and I think if we want to keep it as part of our country, and integrate it in
more, then bilingualism is a necessary step for many towards uniting the Francophone and Anglophone
“In my opinion, studying French can offer many opportunities and open a lot of doors for
someone’s future career. Having an experience with another language can be a great help in
terms of helping others who aren’t necessarily English speakers.”
“I have been taking French classes here for two years now, and I believe it’s had
wonderful and positive outcomes. Because of the instructors, I’ve discovered a passion for
French, the language and culture. Not only does learning a second language – especially
French- improve the health of your brain, but it gives you a purpose. I’ve only ever have good
things to say about the French program here. I highly recommend it to everyone I meet.”
“French is wonderful. I had no interest in French at first, but after taking the beginner
course here I fell in love. French is so useful to know, it opens your mind and lets you explore
broaden horizons. Learning French is so fun and I recommend it to everyone.”
“Studying French will increase your chances for a government or teaching job. It will improve
your cultural experience when travelling to French speaking areas. It broadens your point of view.
It is enjoyable and rewarding.”
“Knowing more than one language opens up so many doors, it allows you to see the world from
another perspective. As to French, it’s a beautiful language. It’s also one of our
official languages so if in the future you wish to rise up high in politics, the romp, the army or
any other nationwide organization being to communicate is the key.”
“French will open up more job opportunities if you plan on staying in Canada because it is a
bilingual country. If you plan on leaving Canada, French will help you in quite a few countries as
well. Plus let’s be honest, French is cool!”
“Studying French allows you to expand on future career and travel opportunities, French class
also allows students to become part of a fun environment and develop new friendships.”
French as a Second Language Certificate of Achievement
Whether you are a student in the humanities and social sciences or in another department, you can begin your
studies toward the French as a Second Language Certificate of Achievement (FSLCA).
This Certificate of Achievement is open to all students who are passionate about the French language and
culture and wish to enhance their competence in written and oral French. It is designed to help students
achieve a functional bilingualism level while fulfilling their career ambitions. Courses taken toward
completion of the Certificate are University transfer courses.
Possible Careers Include: Educator, translator, federal civil service, RCMP,
foreign relations and diplomacy, cultural studies, linguistics, fashion and tourism.
Join in to experience French culture and practice speaking French with us. The French Club / Club
français meet about once a month to watch a French movie and for some French conversation. Movie
snacks and drinks are available for sale.
Every level of French is encouraged from beginner to advanced so please bring your friends for a fun
evening of French language and culture!
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Are you looking for a spring or summer program to learn French? Do you want to discover
another region of Canada and meet new people? Go Explore! Explore is an intensive
language-immersion program. You can take the program in the spring or summer, whichever you
prefer. Participants in Explore receive funding that covers tuition fees for the programs,
instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory
activities. Discover another region of Canada while learning French. Have an adventure and
make new friends this spring or summer