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Professional and Personal Development

Languages - Course Descriptions


Learn and practise speaking English, French, Spanish, Mandarin.
Master spelling, grammar and business writing skills in English and in French.
Prepare for Government testing exams - levels A, B, C. - English/French.


Language courses are designed for adults

  • “Self-Evaluation” to determine level
  • Classes taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers
  • Classroom activities integrate listening, reading, speaking and writing
  • Every effort is made to ensure that students are enrolled in their proper level to meet their needs
  • Theme-based courses for everyday life, activities and situations
  • Small, friendly classes foster individual attention and best opportunities to practice conversation
  • Teachers review work and give feedback on progress
  • A certificate of participation is issued to students attending > 65 % of classes

Objectives

  • to promote overall fluency
  • to develop conversational speaking, reading, comprehension as well as
    writing skills
  • to maintain essential grammar structures and to introduce/develop more complex grammar structures
  • to increase vocabulary and to enhance formal and practical language skills
  • to expose to, and practise native speaker pronunciation patterns and to correct pronunciation errors that impede understanding
  • to introduce Canadian culture and history in a fun and informative way

Français de bureau – rédaction de documents administratifs – le Français des affaires(1001)
Cet atelier de formation propose aux participants de découvrir, au moyen d’exemples concrets et d’outils de référence, les modèles standards des différents types de documents administratifs en plus de résoudre les difficultés grammaticales, orthographiques et typographiques les plus fréquentes.

Contexte

La rédaction de documents administratifs et de lettres professionnelles est soumise à des normes de présentation visuelle et de formulations françaises qui font partie des compétences d’un individu et dont le respect ou non est susceptible d’influencer sa crédibilité. Afin d’éviter les faux pas, cet atelier de formation propose aux participants de découvrir, au moyen d’exemples concrets et d’outils de référence, les modèles standards des différents types de documents administratifs en plus de résoudre les difficultés grammaticales, orthographiques et typographiques les plus fréquentes.

Clientèle cible

Cet atelier de formation s’adresse aux personnels administratifs qui, dans le cadre de leurs fonctions, doivent rédiger des documents professionnels : notes de service, formulaires administratifs, rapports, offres ou demandes de services, plaintes, convocations, lettres officielles, etc.

Objectifs

À la fin de la formation, le participant pourra :

  • Distinguer les différents types de documents administratifs pour y appliquer les normes appropriées : le courriel, le document publié, le document de communication, etc.;
  • Repérer les différents éléments qui composent la lettre pour les disposer adéquatement : l’en-tête, le mode d’acheminement, la référence, l’objet, l’appel, etc.;
  • Utiliser correctement les formulations françaises : les expressions à utiliser ou à éviter, les anglicismes;
  • Connaître les règles de typographie : la ponctuation, la majuscule, l’abréviation, l’italique, etc.


Perfectionnement en français écrit
(1002)

Cet atelier de formation permet aux participants d’apprendre d’abord à repérer les mots variables, puis à identifier les principaux constituants de la phrase afin d’être en mesure d’appliquer adéquatement les règles d’accord les plus complexes.

Contexte

Perfectionner le français écrit est un exercice incontournable qui va au-delà de la connaissance des règles grammaticales. Bien que certaines d’entre elles atteignent un niveau de complexité étonnante, c’est souvent une mauvaise analyse de la phrase qui se retrouve au banc des accusés lorsque des difficultés surviennent dans l’application d’une règle. Comment ne pas confondre le sujet et le complément direct ? Comment distinguer un complément de phrase d’un complément du verbe ? Cet atelier de formation répondra à ces questions et il permettra aux participants d’apprendre d’abord à repérer les mots variables, puis à identifier les principaux constituants de la phrase afin d’être en mesure d’appliquer adéquatement les règles d’accord les plus complexes.

Clientèle cible

Cet atelier de formation s’adresse aux personnes sont de niveau intermédiaire avancé qui désirent perfectionner la qualité de leurs écrits sur les plans syntaxique et grammatical.

Objectifs

À la fin de la formation, le participant pourra :

  • Repérer les fonctions grammaticales : le sujet, le prédicat, les compléments du verbe, du nom, de phrase, etc.;
  • Pratiquer les manipulations syntaxiques : l’effacement, l’addition, le déplacement, le remplacement et l’encadrement;
  • Appliquer les différentes règles d’accord : l’accord du verbe, du nom, de l’adjectif, du participe passé employé avec l’auxiliaire « être » ou « avoir », du participe passé des verbes pronominaux, etc.;
  • Découvrir des outils de référence : CCDMD, Banque de dépannage linguistique, Allô prof, etc.


Se familiariser avec la nouvelle grammaire et la nouvelle orthographe
(1003)

Cet atelier de formation permet de faire la lumière sur les nouveaux concepts grammaticaux et les nouvelles règles orthographiques, elle établira un parallèle entre les « anciennes » et les « nouvelles » notions.

Contexte

La nouvelle grammaire et la nouvelle orthographe ne sont pas si nouvelles que leur nom l’indique. Bien que la nouvelle grammaire soit entrée officiellement au Québec dans le programme du ministère de l’Éducation en 1995, la méconnaissance de sa terminologie et de son analyse en laisse aujourd’hui plus d’un perplexe, d’autant plus que tous les outils de référence produits au Québec y font mention. La nouvelle orthographe est, quant à elle, recommandée depuis 1991 et a fait naître plusieurs légendes urbaines dans son sillage. Par exemple, pouvons-nous vraiment dire que nous avons vu des chevals ? Afin de répondre à des questions de ce type et de faire la lumière sur les nouveaux concepts grammaticaux et les nouvelles règles orthographiques, cet atelier de formation établira un parallèle entre les « anciennes » et les « nouvelles » notions.

Clientèle cible

Cet atelier de formation s’adresse aux personnes qui désirent mettre à jour leurs connaissances grammaticales et orthographiques.

Objectifs

À la fin de la formation, le participant pourra :

  • Apprendre la terminologie de la nouvelle grammaire : groupe de mots, classe de mots, fonctions, etc.;
  • Comprendre la méthode d’analyse par les manipulations syntaxiques : l’effacement, l’addition, le déplacement, le remplacement et l’encadrement;
  • Connaître les nouvelles règles orthographiques : le trait d’union, la soudure, le pluriel, l’accent aigu, le tréma, etc.;
  • Mettre en pratique ces notions au moyen d’exercices.


English as Second Language (ESL) Conversation - Beginner
(201)

This 40-hour conversation course introduces students to basic grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be more comfortable communicating in everyday situations, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the intermediate 1 level.


English as Second Language (ESL) Conversation - Intermediate 1
(204)

This 40-hour intermediate 1 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in the beginner level. Students will expand their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction, and will learn the language skills necessary for a wider range of contexts. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with a variety of common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of contexts using a wider range of abilities, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the Intermediate 2 level.


English as Second Language (ESL) Conversation - Intermediate 2
(205)

This 40-hour Intermediate 2 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in Intermediate 1. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that challenges them with more complex grammar structures and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will exercise more independence and learn to speak naturally and precisely about a wider range of more advanced topics. Students will practice English through personalized, meaningful interactions that focus on listening and speaking.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of demanding contexts using complex grammar structures and advanced vocabulary. They will be able to speak English naturally and effectively, and feel confident doing so.


English as Second Language (ESL) Conversation - Advanced
(206)

The focus is on formal and advanced conversation: mastering abilities to communicate effectively, appropriately, accurately and fluently about most topics in a wide range of contexts and situations, from predictable to unfamiliar, from general to professionally complex and from specific to nuanced, in communicatively demanding contexts. Learners at this stage have a sense of purpose and audience when communicating (including distance, politeness and formality factors, appropriate register and style, suitable volume or length of communication, accuracy and coherence of discourse, vocabulary range and precision. Students experience more challenging content, hone their conversation and pronunciation skills, familiarize themselves with more advanced vocabulary, and improve their written and oral grammatical skills. Competency, total confidence and fluency are attained.


English as Second Language (ESL) Immersion - Beginner
(101)

This 120-hour immersion conversation course introduces students to basic grammar, vocabulary, and conversation strategies for everyday interaction. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with common, useful language points. Students will receive extensive practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Because they are immersed in English four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have greatly improved their overall fluency. They will be comfortable communicating in everyday situations, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the intermediate 1 level.

English as Second Language (ESL) Immersion - Intermediate 1
(102)

This 120-hour intermediate immersion conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in the beginner level. Students will expand their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction, learn the language skills necessary for a wider range of contexts, and receive extensive communicative practice. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with a variety of common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Because they are immersed in English four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have greatly improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of contexts using a wider range of abilities, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the Intermediate 2 level.


English as Second Language (ESL) Immersion - Intermediate 2
(103)

This 120-hour Intermediate 2 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in Intermediate 1. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that challenges them with more complex grammar structures and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will exercise more independence and learn to speak naturally and precisely about a wide range of more advanced topics. Students will practice English through personalized, meaningful interactions that focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Because they are immersed in English four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly. The extensive communicative practice students receive in this immersion course helps them achieve a high level of ability and confidence.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have greatly improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wide range of demanding contexts using complex grammar structures and advanced vocabulary. They will be able to communicate in English naturally and effectively, and feel confident doing so.


English Preparation for Government Testing - Level A - (SLE)
(301)

"SLE" stands for "Second Language Evaluation" and refers to the Federal Government's Language Proficiency Test and "TOP" stands for "Test of Oral Proficiency".
The students practise "SLE" tests. There is much focus on "TOP". The preparation reviews English nouns, verb tenses with emphasis on particular tense problems, idioms, summarizing conversations and giving opinions, written expressions, TOP interviews, modal verbs, linking ideas, reading comprehension, hypothetical situations including conditionals, reductions in spoken speech, subjunctive, phrasal verbs and Government memo writing.


English Preparation for Government Testing - Level B - (SLE)
(302)

"SLE" stands for "Second Language Evaluation" and refers to the Federal Government's Language Proficiency Test and "TOP" stands for "Test of Oral Proficiency".
The students practise "SLE" tests. There is much focus on "TOP". The preparation reviews English nouns, verb tenses with emphasis on particular tense problems, idioms, summarizing conversations and giving opinions, written expressions, TOP interviews, modal verbs, linking ideas, reading comprehension, hypothetical situations including conditionals, reductions in spoken speech, subjunctive, phrasal verbs and Government memo writing.


English Preparation for Government Testing - Level C - (SLE)
(303)

"SLE" stands for "Second Language Evaluation" and refers to the Federal Government's Language Proficiency Test and "TOP" stands for "Test of Oral Proficiency".
The students practise "SLE" tests. There is much focus on "TOP". The preparation reviews English nouns, verb tenses with emphasis on particular tense problems, idioms, summarizing conversations and giving opinions, written expressions, TOP interviews, modal verbs, linking ideas, reading comprehension, hypothetical situations including conditionals, reductions in spoken speech, subjunctive, phrasal verbs and Government memo writing.


English Writing Skills - Beginner
(401)

This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an elementary knowledge of English who want to increase their writing proficiency. The beginner course follows a theme-based curriculum that introduces students to critical reading skills, vocabulary, and grammar, all of which help students complete a final writing task. Students will learn how to organize their ideas, write grammatically correct sentences, and compose clear, well-organized paragraphs on a variety of contemporary topics. Students will also learn how to revise their own writing for accuracy and logical coherence.

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall writing fluency. They will be more comfortable organizing their ideas into clear, concise sentences and paragraphs. With new language forms and structures, students will be able to write and revise compositions on a number of authentic topics. Students who successfully complete this course will be ready to progress to the intermediate level.


English Writing Skills - Intermediate
(402)

This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an intermediate knowledge of English who want to increase their writing proficiency. The intermediate course follows a theme-based curriculum of contemporary topics that introduce students to critical reading skills, vocabulary, and grammar, all of which prepare students for final writing tasks. Students will practice writing in a variety of forms, from descriptive paragraphs to formal e-mails, from reports to process paragraphs. Students will also learn how to revise their own writing for accuracy and logical coherence.

At the end of the course, students will have advanced their overall writing fluency. They will be comfortable organizing their ideas into clear, concise sentences, paragraphs, e-mails, essays, and reports. Using new language forms and structures, students will write and revise compositions on a number of authentic topics. Students who successfully complete this course will be ready to progress to the advanced level.


English Writing Skills - Advanced
(403)

This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an advanced knowledge of English who want to increase their writing proficiency, specifically for workplace communications. The advanced course teaches students the skills necessary to write professional e-mails, letters, memos, and reports. Students will practice organizing their writing into direct or indirect patterns, and delivering both good and bad news in a sensitive, professional manner. Students will complete a number of career-based writing tasks employing proper grammar, mechanics, structure, tone, and register.

At the end of the course, students will be at the overall advanced writing fluency. They will be very much at ease writing concise, elegant workplace communications, such as e-mails, letters, memos, and reports, using proper grammar, sophisticated syntax, and appropriate tone and register.


French as Second Language (FSL) Conversation - Beginner
(801)

This 40-hour conversation course introduces students to basic grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be more comfortable communicating in everyday situations, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the intermediate 1 level.


French as Second Language (FSL) Conversation - Intermediate 1
(804)

This 40-hour intermediate 1 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in the beginner level. Students will expand their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction, and will learn the language skills necessary for a wider range of contexts. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with a variety of common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of contexts using a wider range of abilities, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the Intermediate 2 level.


French as Second Language (FSL) Conversation - Intermediate 2
(805)

This 40-hour Intermediate 2 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in Intermediate 1. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that challenges them with more complex grammar structures and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will exercise more independence and learn to speak naturally and precisely about a wider range of more advanced topics. Students will practice English through personalized, meaningful interactions that focus on listening and speaking.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of demanding contexts using complex grammar structures and advanced vocabulary. They will be able to speak English naturally and effectively, and feel confident doing so.



French as Second Language (FSL) Conversation - Advanced
(806)

The focus is on formal and advanced conversation: mastering abilities to communicate effectively, appropriately, accurately and fluently about most topics in a wide range of contexts and situations, from predictable to unfamiliar, from general to professionally complex and from specific to nuanced, in communicatively demanding contexts. Learners at this stage have a sense of purpose and audience when communicating (including distance, politeness and formality factors, appropriate register and style, suitable volume or length of communication, accuracy and coherence of discourse, vocabulary range and precision. Students experience more challenging content, hone their conversation and pronunciation skills, familiarize themselves with more advanced vocabulary, and improve their written and oral grammatical skills. Competency, total confidence and fluency are attained.



French as Second Language (FSL) Immersion - Beginner
(601)

This 120-hour FSL Beginner Immersion conversation course introduces students to basic grammar, vocabulary and conversation strategies for everyday interaction. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with common, useful language points. Students will receive extensive practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Because they are immersed in French four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, students will have greatly improved overall fluency. They will be comfortable communicating in everyday situations, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the intermediate level.


French as Second Language (FSL) Immersion - Intermediate 1
(602)

This French as Second Language Conversation Immersion course is designed to help students improve their four French language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Build your fluency as you review grammar structures and learn new vocabulary and idioms.

This 120-hour course is designed to allow students fuller participation in a wider variety of contexts. It encompasses the range of abilities required to function independently in most familiar situations of daily social, educational and work-related life experience, and in some predictable contexts. To build overall conversational fluency while reviewing grammar structure, learn new vocabulary and idioms. Because of the 12 hour/week immersion, self-confidence and improvement in communication skills are acquired at a very agreeable pace.


French as Second Language (FSL) Immersion - Intermediate 2
(603)

This 120-hour Intermediate 2 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in Intermediate 1. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that challenges them with more complex grammar structures and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will exercise more independence and learn to speak naturally and precisely about a wide range of more advanced topics. Students will practice English through personalized, meaningful interactions that focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Because they are immersed in English four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly. The extensive communicative practice students receive in this immersion course helps them achieve a high level of ability and confidence.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have greatly improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wide range of demanding contexts using complex grammar structures and advanced vocabulary. They will be able to communicate in English naturally and effectively, and feel confident doing so.


French Preparation for Government Testing - Level A - (SLE)
(501)

"SLE" stands for "Second Language Evaluation" and refers to the Federal Government's Language Proficiency Test and "TOP" stands for "Test of Oral Proficiency".
The students practise "SLE" tests. There is much focus on "TOP". The preparation reviews French nouns, verb tenses with emphasis on particular tense problems, idioms, summarizing conversations and giving opinions, written expressions, TOP interviews, modal verbs, linking ideas, reading comprehension, hypothetical situations including conditionals, reductions in spoken speech, subjunctive and Government memo writing.


French Preparation for Government Testing - Level B - (SLE)
(502)

"SLE" stands for "Second Language Evaluation" and refers to the Federal Government's Language Proficiency Test and "TOP" stands for "Test of Oral Proficiency".
The students practise "SLE" tests. There is much focus on "TOP". The preparation reviews French nouns, verb tenses with emphasis on particular tense problems, idioms, summarizing conversations and giving opinions, written expressions, TOP interviews, modal verbs, linking ideas, reading comprehension, hypothetical situations including conditionals, reductions in spoken speech, subjunctive and Government memo writing.


French Preparation for Government Testing - Level C - (SLE)
(503)

"SLE" stands for "Second Language Evaluation" and refers to the Federal Government's Language Proficiency Test and "TOP" stands for "Test of Oral Proficiency".
The students practise "SLE" tests. There is much focus on "TOP". The preparation reviews French nouns, verb tenses with emphasis on particular tense problems, idioms, summarizing conversations and giving opinions, written expressions, TOP interviews, modal verbs, linking ideas, reading comprehension, hypothetical situations including conditionals, reductions in spoken speech, subjunctive and Government memo writing.


French Grammar & Writing Skills - Beginner
(701)

This course is designed to assist Anglophones and students from other non-French backgrounds in the National Capital Region who are required to write in French as part of their employment duties.


This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an elementary knowledge of French who want to increase their writing proficiency. The beginner course follows a theme-based curriculum that introduces students to critical reading skills, vocabulary, and grammar, all of which help students complete a final writing task. Students will learn how to organize their ideas, write grammatically correct sentences, and compose clear, well-organized paragraphs on a variety of contemporary topics. Students will also learn how to revise their own writing for accuracy and logical coherence.

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall writing fluency. They will be more comfortable organizing their ideas into clear, concise sentences and paragraphs. With new language forms and structures, students will be able to write and revise compositions on a number of authentic topics. Students who successfully complete this course will be ready to progress to the intermediate level.


French Writing Skills - Intermediate
(702)

This course is designed to assist Anglophones and students from other non-French backgrounds in the National Capital Region who are required to write in French as part of their employment duties.


This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an intermediate knowledge of French who want to increase their writing proficiency. The intermediate course follows a theme-based curriculum of contemporary topics that introduce students to critical reading skills, vocabulary, and grammar, all of which prepare students for final writing tasks. Students will practice writing in a variety of forms, from descriptive paragraphs to formal e-mails, from reports to process paragraphs. Students will also learn how to revise their own writing for accuracy and logical coherence.

At the end of the course, students will have advanced their overall writing fluency. They will be comfortable organizing their ideas into clear, concise sentences, paragraphs, e-mails, essays, and reports. Using new language forms and structures, students will write and revise compositions on a number of authentic topics. Students who successfully complete this course will be ready to progress to the advanced level.


French Writing Skills - Advanced
(703)

This course is designed to assist Anglophones and students from other non-French backgrounds in the National Capital Region who are required to write in French as part of their employment duties.


This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an advanced knowledge of French who want to increase their writing proficiency, specifically for workplace communications. The advanced course teaches students the skills necessary to write professional e-mails, letters, memos, and reports. Students will practice organizing their writing into direct or indirect patterns, and delivering both good and bad news in a sensitive, professional manner. Students will complete a number of career-based writing tasks employing proper grammar, mechanics, structure, tone, and register.

At the end of the course, students will be at the overall advanced writing fluency. They will be very much at ease writing concise, elegant workplace communications, such as e-mails, letters, memos, and reports, using proper grammar, sophisticated syntax, and appropriate tone and register.


Spanish Conversation - Beginner
(1051)

The 40-hour introduces the student to the new language. The focus is on common and predictable contexts about basic needs, common everyday activities and familiar topics of immediate personal relevance. Basic language ability is acquired.


Spanish Conversation - Intermediate 1
(1052)

The 40-hour course is designed to allow students fuller participation in a wider variety of contexts. It encompasses the range of abilities required to function independently in most familiar situations of daily social, educational and work-related life experience, and in some predictable contexts. To build overall conversational fluency while reviewing grammar structure, learn new vocabulary and idioms. Self-confidence and improvement in communication skills are quite noticeable at this level.


Spanish Conversation - Intermediate 2
(1053)

The focus is on formal and advanced conversation: mastering abilities to communicate effectively, appropriately, accurately and fluently about most topics in a wide range of contexts and situations, from predictable to unfamiliar, from general to professionally complex and from specific to nuanced, in communicatively demanding contexts. Learners at this stage have a sense of purpose and audience when communicating (including distance, politeness and formality factors, appropriate register and style, suitable volume or length of communication, accuracy and coherence of discourse, vocabulary range and precision. Students experience more challenging content, hone their conversation and pronunciation skills, familiarize themselves with more advanced vocabulary, and improve their written and oral grammatical skills. Competency, confidence and fluency are attained.


Mandarin Conversation - Beginner
(1061)

Students will learn Mandarin phonetics in a natural way. The focus is on the pronunciation of the four tones, basic useful vocabularies, basic sentence patterns and simple conversations. No previous knowledge of this language is required.