French courses and learning opportunities

Spring registration now open!

University of Prince Edward Island is the provider for French language training.  Before enrolling, all participants should have completed the UPEI French placement test to determine their level of proficiency.  

The courses are FREE OF CHARGE for classified and casual Civil Service employees and Health PEI employees but availability is limited. 

 

UPEI Online Courses

Two 6-week courses offered as half-courses will start May 10, 2021 and end June 30, 2021.  These courses are designed for students who have completed Beginner II or have been placed in Beginner III or Intermediate I by the UPEI French Placement Test for Professional Development.

- French-PD 1021 – Oral Communication – 6 weeks (May 10, 2021 to June 30, 2021)

Students will work with their instructor in order to improve their oral communication skills and avoid common mistakes in French. The focus of this course is conversation and communication in a work setting. Please click here for more information.

- French-PD 1022 – Written Communication – 6 weeks (May 10, 2021 to June 30, 2021)

Students will work with their instructor in order to improve their written communication skills and avoid common mistakes in French. The focus of this course is writing and communication in a professional setting. Please click here for more information.

Registration deadline: April 29th, 2021

Click here to register for the above courses.

 

Virtual Conversation Groups  

We are collaborating with UPEI personnel and students to offer virtual (phone or online) conversation groups. This is a new initiative to give employees the opportunity to practice or refresh their skills in French and interact with colleagues. This project also gives an opportunity to PEI students in the Education program to connect with members of the community. Virtual sessions are held weekly for different proficiency levels.  Participation is voluntary and there is no regular commitment, however, space is limited so please attend the sessions that you book.

To encourage employees' participation, please join sessions that correspond to your proficiency level and not lower, so all participants feel comfortable expressing themselves. 

Please click on any of the following options to register for sessions taking place every week starting April 11, 2021 until June 30, 2021.

 

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 mbeaulieu@gov.pe.ca.