French courses and learning opportunities


We are happy to announce new French language training opportunities available this fall through the University of Prince Edward Island. The university’s Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development and its partner, the Centre d’excellence en français, are looking forward to offering French language courses and training to our organization.  

A range of courses are available for employees that have been placed in Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels by the UPEI French Placement Test for Professional Development.

Please click on the following for course information:

- FR PD1010 – Introduction to French Language and Culture I – September 13 to December 6, 2021
- FR PD2010 – Intermediate French Language I – September 13 to December 6, 2021
- FR PD2030 – Intermediate French Language III – September 13 to April 8, 2022
- FR PD3011 – Communication orale avancée – September 20 to March 21, 2022

Registration deadline: August 20, 2021

Please click here to register.


UPEI French Placement Test Information

The University of Prince Edward Island is the provider for French language training. Please complete the UPEI French Placement Test .  UPEI will inform you of your result and transfer the information to us as well so we can inform you of upcoming training that meets your proficiency level for Professional Development. For more information, please click here.


French for Medical Purposes workshops for Health PEI employees – Low Intermediate level

Health PEI and the Public Service Commission (PSC) are pleased to share with you a pilot initiative launched by a partnership between the University of PEI and McGill University to offer French for Medical Purposes workshops for Health PEI employees. The inaugural group of 15 employees will participate in virtual workshop at the Low Intermediate level beginning in September 2021, with additional levels and cohorts beginning January 2022.


Learning French with Babbel  

The Public Service Commission is offering the opportunity to start learning French with the Babbel online app.  The app can be used with a computer, a phone or a tablet.  It is a good tool if you are at a beginner level.

Employing the latest didactic research, Babbel gives you skills to use right away, enabling learners to immerse themselves in a new language. This method of learning through conversation also teaches vocabulary actively and passively. Babbel guides your brain to connect the dots by passively learning new information based on the dialogue’s context. This empowers you to actively use passively learned words, giving you the confidence to start talking right away.

In addition to the Babbel lessons, UPEI offers to the employees enrolled in Babbel, a virtual one-on-one accompaniment program with a mentor who will offer you the opportunity to converse and ask questions. The program is intended to support you in your training and we believe that you will benefit from this personal approach. 

This program is intended for employees in front line positions within the Civil Service and Health PEI.  Availability is limited. To subscribe or for more information, communicate with